The Northcliffe have just played their two annual matches against the Press Golfing Society and North Foreland Golf Club.
The first match against the PGS took place over two days at Prince’s Golf Course in Kent and then, after an overnight hotel stay full of fun, laughter and bonhomie in Sandwich, one of the best links courses ever at nearby Royal Cinque Ports at Deal.
The Northcliffe lead by “Captain of the Weekend”, Mike Wall, had a great win in the annual match against Fleet Street’s finest, although it was a pretty close finish with the Northcliffe just edging ahead 4-3 on both days to retain the annual Challenge Cup.
There may have been flood alerts around the country but somehow or other the matches were played under blue skies and sunshine and after this 8-6 victory, the Northcliffe now lead the PGS by 10 matches to 5 overall with one match halved.
“What a brilliant couple of days this has been” Mike said as he received the trophy from the PGS Captain Tom Crone.
“These courses we have just played are amazing and there has been some brilliant golf played by both teams. It is so good to have this annual match because of the very close journalistic and media links between us all and there cannot be many golfing societies like ours that are so old and steeped in history and tradition.” he said.
But North Foreland Golf Club edged into the narrowest of leads over the Northcliffe team in this year’s annual match which was played a week later.
With the score standing at 8-8 in this ever popular competition for the Northcliffe Challenge Cup it was the final match that turned the result in favour of the Club by 8 matches to 6 with one match halved and many of the matches only being decided by final putts on the 18th hole.
“This is such a great day for all of us at the Club and we always look forward to the match with so many members wanting to play,” Club Captain Frank Howe said.
“There is a such a long history between the Club and the Northcliffe and it is very important that we keep this link alive,” he said.
“It was Lord Northcliffe who founded the Society and lived alongside this course and he did so much to turn this Club into the championship course that it is today.”
There were sandwiches and drinks in the Clubhouse before play where the draw for tees and opponents took place, followed by a shotgun start for the match and then the prize-giving dinner.
Society Chairman Vyvyan Harmsworth thanked the Club for making it such a great day for everyone and presented the Challenge Cup to Club Captain Frank along with a box of the Society’s Titleist Centenary Golf Balls. Flowers were also presented to the Club’s assistant secretary Pauline Warrington for all her help in arranging the day.