The best efforts of “Storm Jorge” failed to put a dampener on the annual Northcliffe match against the Press Golfing Society.

With golf courses around the country staying closed because of continuous torrential rain, both Princes and Royal Cinque Ports links courses on the Kent coast were open for play.

Facing a hat-trick of recent wins by the Northcliffe, the PGS fielded one of their strongest teams in the hope that they could break the Northcliffe hold on the Lord Northcliffe Challenge Cup.

The first round was played on the Himalaya course at Princes and the Northcliffe were in the overnight lead 5 – 3, but close examination of previous year results show a big improvement by the team trailing overnight so the PGS, under the captaincy of BBC sports executive Jonny Bramley was not daunted.

Royal Cinque Ports

As second round matches ended on the tough Royal Cinque Ports course, the PGS were making a very determined surge and victory hinged on the final two matches of the day.

Both teams were level and a large group were waiting on the 18th green to cheer home the players, but it was the Northcliffe team that prevailed, making it four wins in a row after a hat trick of previous wins last year at Hoylake.

The Northcliffe weekend team Captain and Chairman of the Society, Vyvyan Harmsworth, was unable to stay for the prize-giving, so Society Captain , Nick Stevens stepped in to receive the trophy.

He thanked both teams for a wonderful couple of days with exceptional golf being played and said that despite the intense rivalry on the course, it had been a great fun couple of days.

It was great that two of the oldest golfing societies in the country, the Northcliffe, formed in 1910 by Lord Northcliffe, founder of the Daily Mail newspaper, and the Press Golfing Society, formed in 1904, play the annual matches, bringing together a wonderful cross section from the world of newspaper, television and media.

The score now stands at 14 NGS wins to 8 PGS with two matches halved and next year will be the 25th anniversary of the match.

**It was not the first visit of the Northcliffe to Princes. In 1912, Club records show that Lord Northcliffe, had driven over in his Rolls Royce from his home in nearby Broadstairs and as a Club member, had signed in his guest for a match, a certain “Winston Churchill”



Words. Garth Burden
Pix. David Crump