The Northcliffe had a Hat Trick of wins over the Press Golfing Society in this year’s annual match for the Lord Northcliffe Challenge Cup.
The Society followed up wins at Woodhall Spa in 2017 and Ferndown last year with what looked like being a very comfortable victory after holding a big overnight lead.
But played over the tough links course at Hoylake, just outside of Liverpool, the Press Golfing Society staged a strong fight-back and just failed to stop the Northcliffe completing the memorable hat trick.
Hoylake, the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, has hosted both the British Open and the Walker Cup, and the Club will be hosting this year’s Walker Cup competition in September against a top USA amateur team.
In the Clubhouse is the massive Walker Cup trophy that comes up to your shoulders and alongside it in the display cabinet are a few old Clubs including Tiger’s 2-iron which he donated after winning the 2006 Open without using his Driver, and Rory’s wedge which help him to win the 2014 Open.
Both Northcliffe and PGS members used all the clubs including the drivers in their golf bags as they followed in the footsteps of Tiger and Rory.
The match was organised by Nic Brook from the Daily Mirror, a PGS member and local member at Hoylake who arranged with the Club to host the match, particularly as they are celebrating their 150th anniversary.
As always is was fun and laughter all the way, both on and off the course, and Nic presented Northcliffe Captain Nick Stevens with the Trophy after a great lunch in the Clubhouse and said it had been a tremendous competition between two of the oldest golfing societies in the country. The score now stands at 14 – 8 to the Northcliffe with one match halved.
The Northcliffe, founded in 1910 and the Press Golfing Society in 1904, are two of the country’s oldest golfing societies. Next year’s match is planned to take place at Royal St.George’s at Sandwich in Kent, hopefully just after they have hosted the 2020 Open.