Father Christmas came early for the Northcliffe Texas Scramble at The Berkshire. There was a wonderful table full of luxury hampers, bottles of champagne, wine and port plus mince pies for all the teams, raffle prizes and a magnificent traditional Roast Turkey lunch with all the trimmings.
The team of “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and John” clinched victory but Father Christmas was unable to find out who in the team were actually the good, bad and ugly?
Winning team Captain, Roland Agambar, along with Nick Stevens and Gordon Thomson, declined to reveal the reasoning behind their name.
“It’s pretty obvious to anyone who knows us” Roland smiled as he and the team received the Centenary Trophy, donated by North Foreland Golf Club.
One of the best turnouts of the year saw 70 of the Northcliffe’s finest golfers battling it out over the tough Red Course.
“This has got to be one of the best events of the year and although there is serious, competitive golf played out on the course, the fun and laugher of the day shows just how popular it is,” Roland said as he and his team were presented with the Trophy and Luxury Christmas Hampers by the Society’s President, Lord Rothermere.
All the top teams won prizes of traditional Christmas fayre including the Hampers, wines, Chocolates, Christmas Puddings and bottles of port. There to see their Centenary Trophy being presented was the North Foreland Club Captain, Mark Harrop and his “Lighthouse Flashers” team of Stuart Barr, Mark Strand and Richard Keel who had travelled up from the Kent coast.
Close up in second place and winning Vini Italiani wine were John Tucker’s “Business Services ‘Fore’ Calling Birdies” team of Barry Theobald, Terry Hawkins and Lee Terry.
Rob Hudson’s “Par-Tee Boys” of Chris Wallace, Arsan Arynapour and Tom Pickworth won boxes of Malbec wine for third.
There were prizes galore and fourth were Garth Burden’s “Christmas Crackers” team of Graeme Thomson, Keith Cottington and Ian McGowan who won bottles of Port.
Nick Ratcliffe’s “Four Golfers of the Apocalyspe”, Will Flint, Nick Ornstein and Jayne Burden won the Christmas Puddings for fifth.
Graham Brown’s “Wrong Direction” team of Edmund Davison, Rohan Sadier and Robert Bailey won the tins of Italian Panatone for sixth place. Boxes of chocolates for seventh place went to Vyvyan Harmsworth’s “The 4 wise men” of Ian McIlgorm, guest Ken Strachan, Director of Golf at Hardelot and former Berkshire secretary, John Hunt.
Champagne for “Nearest the Pin” on the six Par Three holes were won by Graham Brown,(2nd), Ken Strachan (5th), Clive Heard (7th), Nick Stevens (10th) John Hunt (16th) and Mike Creaby (18th)
There was Champagne and Trophy for both this year’s Match Play winner for the Cousins Bowl, David Crump, who beat Ian McGowan in the final at The Grove, and Keith Cottington, winner of the Order of Merit for the Iain Walker Trophy, played at Frilford Heath. Keith beat Clive Heard, Ian McGowan and David Crump in the play-off and is this year’s Society’s “Golfer of the Year”.
The auction with an amazing list of prizes donated by team members and the Golf Clubs that the Society play at during the year, raised over £8,000 towards funds and a charity donation decided at the AGM to the “On Course Foundation” supporting the recovery of disabled veterans through golf and jobs in the golf industry.
The auctioneers who persuaded so many to dig deep into their pockets were Vyvyan Harmsworth and Ian McIlgorm.
There were 18 winners in the “Back the Winner” contest with £10 won for picking out “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and John” with many donating their winnings to the £70 raised for the funds in the competition.
The Vincent Mulchrone Trophy for help and services over the years to the Society was presented by Lord Rothermere to former Captain Graeme Thomson.
A bottle of Champagne was also presented by Lord Rothermere to Pauline Warrington, the assistant secretary at North Foreland Golf Club, who travelled up with the North Foreland team, for her help over the years in organising the Society’s annual match against the Club.
This year’s European Tour Fantasy Golf winner with the Society is Barry Theobald who topped the league table consistently during the year. His player selection won him £100 from the Funds with Keith Cottington in second place winning £30.
SOCIETY A.G.M UPDATES
Lee Terry has been elected Captain for 2018,
taking over from John Morgan.
Nick Stevens has been elected the new vice-Captain.
NGS v PGS – Ferndown – March 25-26
Inter Company – Praia d’el Rey, Portugal – June 22 – 25
North Foreland match – Sun Sept 9 **
(*Weekend double event with Deal, Mon, Sept 10)
The Grove- Mon April 9
Walton Heath – Mon May 14
The Berkshire – Tues July 10
Northwood – Mon Aug 20
Royal Cinque Ports Mon – Sept 10 **
(Linked with North Foreland)
West Hill – Mon Oct 15
Scramble, The Berkshire – Mon Nov 19