Royal St Georges GC 13th & 14th May 2012

The final of The Golf Club Secretary - 16th Open Championship went off with barely a hitch!

We had excellent golfing weather, the rain only arriving 15 minutes after the last competitor came off the links on the Monday afternoon. The links were not quite at their sternest, but very close, with a three to four club breeze and, of course, the Club was at its most hospitable.

The weekend started at Sunday lunch time with almost all of the competitors arriving ‘suit-ably’ attired and after a light lunch launched themselves into the foursomes. A mix of low/high handicaps meant that during the round, everyone in the field played from unusual lies with varying degrees of success. A stroll in the ‘parkland’ it most certainly was not!

The very worthy winners were Tim Aggett (2) Staddon Heights and David Sinden (14) North Downs – rtd with a very creditable 30 pts. Runners up on count back, were Christopher Spencer (5) North Berwick and Graham Finney (14) Mickleover, with 29pts.

Almost all of us then repaired to The Bell hotel, where the complicated dining arrangements seemed to work for the diners, even if the hotel hadn’t quite worked out the financial arrangements – anyone owe anything for wine!? We went on to raise further funds, with heads and tails, for Tabitha Mainstone’s assault on Everest in aid of SPARKS (a little over £350). It was an entertaining and enjoyable evening but a little subdued, a combination perhaps of wind, links and the prospect of having to do it all again on the links the following morning.

The day of the Final dawned with barely a cloud in the sky, chilly, with a stiff breeze (less than on the Sunday), very close to perfect golfing conditions. The Championship produced a clear, quality winner in Leighton Walker (3) Ross-on-Wye with a very impressive 36pts. Runner-up was David Cromie (3) Royal Liverpool with 35pts on count back from Steve Murphy (9) Shirley Park, with Mike Verhelst (7) Bury St. Edmunds a shot further back in fourth place.

We are hugely indebted to the members of Royal St. George’s who so kindly gave up their links for almost 36 hours, especially as it was during the best weather of the last few weeks! The entire staff of the Club, under Col. Tim Checketts, were exceptionally kind and helpful, with very nearly all the finalists making the most of the best golf club lunch in the UK (if not the World).

It all appeared to go off very smoothly. However, none of this would be possible without our PATRONS, all of whom were represented and on parade and all of whom enjoyed themselves greatly. Thank you.

Two ‘Notices’ – if you have not yet done so will you PLEASE fill in the on line GOLF SURVEY? Also, by now everyone should have received, with the May newsletter The Golf Club Secretary – 17th Open Championship, Entry Form. Please get your entries in as quickly as possible. Thank you.

Well played Leighton!

Until September, good golfing.

Michael Coffey


The Golf Club Secretary