Icicle Golf Day 2018
Winner Mike Walpole (H’cap 20) 37 points
1st M/s Searle, Walpole, Merritt, Gilmer 80
2nd M/s Campbell, Howell, Macfarlane and Vane 77
Affiliation Trophy 2018
Graham Findlay (603) 35 points
Fergus Hartley (guest) 33 – after a count back 18 to 16 back nine.
Graham Franklin 33
Kenny MacKay 32
David Moore 30
Andrew Godfrey (guest) 27
Paul Greenwood (603) 27
Jason Robson (603) 26
Michael Urquhart 26.
Thanks to Morrison & MacKay for bottles of Bruadar and Sloe Gin and the Livery for umbrellas and golf balls.
The cards of Messrs Morrison, Douglas Findlay Shirras, Forsyth and Neils Hendriks were sadly lost when the buggy was taken away by the Professional shop….
The result of the match between the Distillers and the 603 Squadron resulted in a victory for the Distillers with 114 points to 93.
Jerry Riley (603) graciously presented the trophy to our Secretary Graham Franklin
Grateful thanks were expressed by Liveryman to the late Don Gregory for his kind contribution to the days golf.
Despite injuries and illness reducing the field, competition was healthy, with the first four scores all within a point of each other.
WCoD v Churston Golf Club Lost 2-4
This year “Devon, glorious Devon” more than surpassed expectations, and, for many, shorts and sun drenched knees were the order of the day.
Our sartorial elegance goes from strength to strength and yet again we were the better turned out team and the envy of our opponents
In best Ryder cup tradition the two managers had given great thought to their pairings, and some very good golf resulted in the matches being finely contested and littered with birdies. We went down 2-4, reflecting well on the competitive recovery skills of our hosts, but as we were “up” in all the matches early on it was suggested that it might be better in future if we play nine hole matches!
The tested format of the evening saw us again enjoying a four course meal, drinking classified growths in magnums, and being tutored by Mike Keiller as we tasted Monkeys Shoulder Blended Malt and and Highland Park 12 yo, and such was the interest that Mike declared it the longest and most informed Q & A session he had ever experienced outside of trade events
John Smith proposed the health of the Distillers, several times. Charles Minoprio responded with reference to Pliny the Elder, ( AD 23-79) and the merriment of the evening was further enhanced by sundry party piece recitals.
As ever a good time was had by all and we are indebted to John Smith and his fellow members for making us so very welcome.
Guest Golf Day at Honiton
Mike Walpole again lead home the small yet distinguished field with a splendid 38 points off his 21 handicap leaving the runners up, Bob Howell and Allan Westray well in his wake. Revision can’t be far away!
Our Lady guests devised their own playing system, for the sake of enjoyment agreeing to see how many stableford points they could accumulate with the best two scores to count and with 68 points they declared themselves the winners
Next Year – 2019
In 2019 we will return to play Churston on Wednesday 18 September, dovetailing with our match against NAS 825 at Yeovilton the following day Thursday 19.
WCoD v Vintners Company Annual Golf Match – New Zealand Golf Club
Considering the appalling weather all golfers had to endure in the weeks prior to our annual match with the Vintners we were very lucky to have been able to play 18 holes without rain although the amount of water lying on the course it would have been closed by most clubs.
However after coffee and bacon rolls 10 good men and true of each Livery Company gathered on the tee at 9.00am to do battle.
The first match Michael Campbell and James Espey v. Robert Howell (yes OUR Past Master) and his partner David Mabey went to the 17th where they went down 2 & 1
Thankfully our 2nd pair of Mike Keiller and John Smith triumphed but that after what can only be described as a comedy of errors. 4 down after 4 they pulled it back to all square after 8 with 4 of those holes having been won by default for having played the wrong ball! Poor Robert Rolls, the Vintners Captain, Immediate Past Master and member of NZGC must have been totally baffled when he and his partner Tim Begg found themselves on the end of a 4&2 hiding!
The other 3 games were much tighter with the ever reliable duo of Chris Porter and Michael Walpole beating the mighty James Simpson and the doughty Sam Dow and Nick Strachan and Bruce Hyde – who I am told played superbly – managed to overcome the very good pairing of Simon Leschallas (another PM Distiller) and Michael Hasslacher.
Finally Captain Terry Barr and new and most welcome recruit, Tommy Haughton enjoyed a real ding dong battle against Michael Turner and Ed Lines, losing to the last putt on the 18th green.
All in all a very satisfactory day on the ‘links’, a 3-2 victory over the Auld Enemy followed by a most excellent lunch to accompany some superb wines and great company. Who could ask for more and who could possibly call golf boring?
The day was also memorable as it saw the unveiling of our new flag that had been purchased with money from the legacy of Don Gregory, whose generosity will be appreciated by all golfers this year as their food and drink at matches and golf days will be subsidised, Don having specifically stated in his will that he wanted golfers to enjoy themselves. We will certainly do our best!