We had 10 Fellows attending our annual golf day and our group integrated with the Motor Trade Golf Society members at the Woking Golf Club on Friday 20th March. Without their kind invitation, it would not be possible for the Fellowship to hold a day at such a highly ranked golf club. The Fellowship has formed an excellent relationship with the MTGS over the 8 years of our involvement with them.
With the relaxing of Covid restrictions it was possible for the competition to use the normal shotgun start allowing the whole field to arrive back at the clubhouse at roughly the same time.
As we all teed off at 9.00am with the memories of the atrocious weather conditions of last year etched in our minds, the light rain encountered was of little concern. What soon became a concern was the difficulty of putting on the greens with some of the selected pin positions. Even seasoned low handicap players had tales of woe about putting incidents. The course itself was in excellent nick throughout as expected at this highly rated golf club. After the round we were treated to a fantastic buffet style 3 course lunch consisting of large servings of horderves, carved pork or steak and ale pie with accompaniments and a copious selection of deserts.The post lunch presentations from the MTGS were led by the renowned and highly respected Graeme Hunt. Unfortunately, no Fellows won any of the guest prizes.
Circumstances did not allow the presentation of the Fellowship prizes to be made as part of the main presentation. This was performed on the veranda at the end of proceedings. With the exception of a few Fellows, scoring was particularly low, matched by any hopes of a possible prize. The winner of the Fellowship competition with a very respectable 30 points was David Evans receiving the Presidents Bowl and a couple of bottles of wine. Our runner up was Andy Buttfield with 25 points which won him the Henley Challenge Cup and a bottle of wine. It wasn’t possible to hold the Fellowship’s Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin competitions. Prizes that had been earmarked for these were thankfully received by Steve Fulford whose 3rd place finish with 23 points won him a bottle of wine. Last year’s winner Ray Rantell was surprised that his 18 points won him a bottle of wine. Remaining sleeves of golf balls were given to less deserving but nonetheless thankful Fellows.
Goodbyes were said and departures made with the hopes of meeting up soon.