There was another close finish to this year’s annual match against North Foreland Golf Club, and this time it was the Club that just prevailed.
It was not until the last match result was called out at the prize-giving dinner that Club members cheered and celebrated. Just a year ago the result went the other way, with the Northcliffe team winning by just the one match.
As always it was fun and laughter from the start of the day, with the traditional pairings being announced in the Clubhouse lounge as players had sandwiches and drinks before the shotgun start.
Old friendships were renewed and new team players met each other for the first time before Club vice-Captain Michael White called out the match pairings that he been drawn by assistant Club secretary, Pauline Warrington.
It was one of those wonderful days for the weather on the North Foreland course that has a sea view from every hole, with the match played under blue skies and a slight breeze. During the past few years the yearly result has been getting closer and closer and, having won last year with their final pairing, the Society were hoping to continue their winning ways and close the annual 13 – 10 wins in favour of the Club.
So many of the match results between the 15 pairings were only decided on the final hole, even by the final putt of the day, but it was the North Foreland’s Vice-Captain Michael White, standing in for Club Captain Richard Keel who was away on business, who finally held the Lord Northcliffe Challenge Cup aloft at the prize-giving dinner.
“This competition is so popular with our members that they are queuing up every year to play in the match” beamed Michael as he was handed the match trophy by Society Captain of the Day, Vyvyan Harmsworth.
“It is such a wonderful connection between the Society, its founder Lord Northcliffe, and our Club that he did so much for in the early years. You only have to listen to the fun and laughter tonight to realise what a great success the event is.”
Presenting the Trophy, Vyvyan said that next year would be the 25th anniversary of the annual match that had such a special significance to both the Northcliffe Society and the Club. He expected it to be another very close match and while there was serious golf played on the course, the real winner was the fun, laughter and friendship in the Clubhouse.
Thanking Pauline for all the work in organising the day, Vyvyan presented her with flowers and champagne on behalf of the Society. He also presented Vice-Captain Michael with a box of Northcliffe “Bumble Bee” Titleist Prov1 golf balls and flowers and golf balls to the Club’s Lady Captain, Joan Stanford.
Next Year’s match will be on Sunday, September 13 as part of the “Double Header” linked with the Society’s fixture at nearby Royal Cinque Ports on the Monday, September 14.