Not a particularly memorable year for HGS, with losses in matches against the Tin Plate Workers and the Actuaries, and forfeiting the Pewterers’ Quaich, even though the Competition was held at Steve & Maggie Bradbury’s home course, Betchworth Park. Maggie, did, however, master her new clubs by the time of the Newson-Smith Cup Competition at East Berks (organised by the Tallow Chandlers) with a magnificent 43points (off a handicap of 9) to help us win the trophy for the first time.
The year did get off to a good start for our Spring Meeting at Swinley Forest, particularly for Richard Graham (32 points), who won our premier competition, The Thomas A Crompton Cup, for the first time, just pipping Sophie Walters (31) and David Williams (30). It’s a pity that we can’t get Sophie along more often, as a pairing with Maggie would be a formidable partnership (Ladies Golf is certainly recognised in HGS, if not by SPOTY!). A successful day with 15 Horners and 15 Guests (representing the Plumbers, Fuellers, Fanmakers, City Livery Club, Glovers and Art Scholars). The afternoon Greensome Competition was dominated by Old (well relatively!)/Young partnerships, with Philip and Robert Marchant just beating Mike O’Brien and son-in-law Joe Piamya for the EKCO Trophy. (I’ll need to scrutinise the handicaps of the youngsters more closely next year!).
A great success also was the Annual Horners’ Trophy Competition organised by Colin & Andy Freedman. This event has been developed into a prestigious Pan-Livery Competition, and with 17 teams competing in 2018, a “Shotgun Start” was possible, which allows the overall time involved to be compressed, with consequently more time for socialising! This year we were honoured to have Liz Green playing for the Framework Knitters just before her election as Sheriff. The winners were the Plumbers, despite a decent challenge from the Horners in second place.
It was disappointing that we had to cancel our Autumn Meeting at Thorndon Park. This is an excellent Golf Course and provides an easier access for participants who reside north of the Thames. We have decided to continue with it in 2019, and hope that it will be supported.
This year it has been hard to organise teams for the large number of events that we participate in, maybe it’s because we’re all getting older (fortunately!), but we did manage 15 events with 20 participants, but I’d like to see more (younger?) players to maintain the activity, particularly for my last year as Hon Sec in 2019. Members should be aware that we would be pleased to welcome the participation of friends and relatives in most events.
Finally, our season ended with a trip to Marbella, organised by Colin & Andy Freedman. Unfortunately, the weather was not kind to us, and the rain in Spain decided to forsake the plain for the coast! Never mind, it’s already booked for next year (13-17thOctober 2019), and if you are interested, Colin Freedman would like to hear from you.
Colin Richards, Hon Sec HGS