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St George’s Hill Spring Meeting

Thursday 24 March 2011

MTGS Meeting Report


The Spring Meeting at St George’s Hill is the opening event of the Season and can sometimes suffer the vagaries of the March weather. It has not been unusual for us to experience hail, snow, sleet, driving rain and blustery gale force winds – sometimes all on the same day! So it can often be with trepidation that we rise from our slumbers at 6.00am (or earlier) to see what the weather has in store for us.

We need not have worried. A glorious day unfolded with mild, sunny conditions and just the lightest of breezes to keep us from perspiring. A great day for golf and the course in beautiful condition and set up as usual to challenge the best as well as the rest.

A good size field of 52 members assembled to contest for the prizes, including two new members playing for the first time, Simon Newell and Nick Haigh. Our numbers were boosted later by the elegant presence of Paul Richmond, John Thompson and Peter Lindsay. They could not attend for the golf, but the thought of missing the St George’s Hill luncheon as well was just too much to have to bear all in one day. And who could blame them!

As is often the case at this Meeting, score cards tend to reflect the degree of difficulty at this great track with typically few competitors managing to shoot par or better even given full handicap allowances. This day turned out to be no different from past events in this respect save for one, notable, exception.

A fine round from Nick Haigh brought him home the Car Mart Challenge Trophy with a Div 1 score of 41 points, some 5 shots clear of John Woollatt and Martin Howes who tied for second place on 36 points, with John Woollatt winning the Wagon Trophy on countback. Take a bow, Nick, as you wave goodbye to your 13 Hcp!

In Div 2, only Mike Kiff managed to beat par, winning the very beautiful Ace Trophy with a score of 37 points. Second was Conrad Gamble, winning the J Tait Bowl with a score of 36 and Chris Carey coming third a point behind on 35.

Although not among the trophies at this Meeting, the smooth swing of 8 Hcp Mike Mead helped him pull off the feat of winning both the longest drive and nearest the pin, in Div 1. Alan Kendrick won nearest the pin in Div 2. Sadly, there was no longest drive prize for Div 2 as the marker flag had alas gone missing, never to return.

After lunch and prizegiving, our new President, James Crickmay, drove in off the first tee with a beautiful draw ending up long and as close to the middle of the fairway as is possible after a St George’s Hill lunch. We wish him well for his forthcoming year in office.

As always our special thanks to our sponsors, BCA, for their much valued support.


Gerry Lynch
29 March 2011

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