It turned out to be a good day weather-wise although the competition was fierce! The organisers were worried in the morning that the tournament would have to be cancelled, but by lunchtime the rain had stopped and play could commence and the event organiser Vic Albin could breathe a sigh of relief.
This year the Woolton Group Golf Competition was again held at Woolton Golf Club and attracted 26 players and more joined them for the evening diner. The competition is an individual Stableford, full handicap.
The first group of golfers to tee off were members of the Woolton Golf club and this year they fielded a strong team comprising Ray Erskine (president), Ted Roberts, Dave McCann and Graham Sinden, Chairman of the Woolton Group Golf Society (WGGS). Old Lerpoolian Lodge No 9272, Toxteth Lodge No 1356 and City Lodge No 2514 were all represented together with two guest teams representing Tithebarn.
By 5:30 the majority of golfers had returned and handed in their cards which, this year, were checked by Albert Kirby.
After a change of clothes and a swift drink, members and visitors were asked to take their seats in the dining room where Graham Sinden, chairman of WGGS, welcomed everyone and thanked them for their support. He did mention that he had had an off day and his putting could have been improved upon, but we won’t dwell on that. The assembled then tucked into chef’s homemade steak and kidney pie followed by Eton mess, coffee and mints.
The loyal toast was given by Woolton Group Chairman Andy Whittle and then Graham proposed the toast to the Woolton Golf Club thanking them for providing an excellent course although a bit slow due to the morning rain.
In response, the President of Woolton Golf Club, Ray Erskine, reminded everyone that it was nearly 10 years ago when a very well respected Alfred Geoffrey Hirst, member of City Lodge and Woolton Golf Club was asked to present the idea of the Woolton Masons moving into the golf club to the board and thus was borne a strong relationship. Ray also thanked Albert Kirby for keeping the scores.
During the evening a raffle was held which raised the sum of £285 for group funds. The President of WGGS, Kevin Poynton was called upon to present the prizes and the winners are as follows.
Ray Cardy won the President’s Trophy; the Cyril Smith Team trophy for the best Woolton Group team was won by Old Lerpoolian Lodge consisting of Ric Thompson, David Antonia, David Chestnut and Nick Holmes with a score of 93, the runners-up being City Lodge comprising of Geoff and Peter Johnston and Ken Smith with a score of 91.
Ray Cardy won the Geoffrey Hirst memorial Trophy for the best group front 9. Noel’s Cup, in memory of Noel Hawkes, was won by Geoff Johnston. Prize for guest winner went to Ray Erskine and Ian Jones. A Guest team winner was won by Woolton Golf Club. The prize for the longest drive went to John Fox and prize for nearest to the pin was won by Ray Cardy.