After a 2 year wait following our last golf day, the Fellowship's 2021 Annual Golf Day was held at Woking Golf Club on Friday 21st May. Founded in 1893 it is the oldest of the Surrey heathland courses and is currently rated at number 16 in England's top 100 courses.
We had 12 Fellows attending the day and our group joined the prestigious and long standing Motor Trade Golf Society on one of their guest days. Without their kind invitation it would not be possible to hold a day at such a highly ranked golf club. The Fellowship has formed an excellent relationship with them over the 7 years of our involvement and a good synergy exists between the 2 associations. An invitation has been extended to the MTGS for members to join the Fellowship at our Silverstone Experience day on June 30th and this offer has already been taken up by a number of their members.
Due to Covid restrictions it was not possible for the competition to use the normal shotgun start and all groups started their rounds from the first tee. Inevitably this meant we had less opportunity to meet up with old friends due to the safety restrictions that were in place which were fully respected by all participants.
After the round we were treated to a fantastic running 2 course lunch starting with roasted rumps of lamb, saute potatoes, roasted red onionsand port and Maderia jus. This was followed by Eton mess, raspberries, strawberries and meringue with Chantilly cream.
Due to the inclement weather on the day many of the golfers found the conditions too difficult to manage although we had 2 that played extremely well. The winner of the Fellowship competition and the Presidents Bowl was first time winner, Ray Rantell with a very respectable 30 points. Our runner up was regular prize winner, Bob Cadman with 29 points which won him the Henley Challenge Cup. Due to Covid restrictions we were not permitted to hold our normal longest drive and nearest the pin competitions.
There were no prize presentations made at the end of proceedings and most of the early starters had already left by the time we finished our rounds.
Honorary Secretary Brian Childs, privately took the opportunity to thank MTGS Golf Manager, Paul Healy for his efforts in making the event a success and for their generosity in allowing the Fellowship's participation.
The day was a tremendous success and the Fellowship has being invited to join the MTGS at one of next years events.