Former Players Golf Day
53 weeks after our 12th Annual Golf Day, the Association gambled that the weather and the course would be as good by putting back the 13th by a week. No worries, the weather was just right for a Golf Day and the course could only be described as a Links course Inland! The greens were electric, the fairways pristine, the only failing was the bunkers but if you avoided them then you had no worries. Thanks you Walsall GC for your excellent hospitality.
19 Teams, 19 Former Players congregated at Walsall Golf Club on a sunny afternoon for our usual 1.30 Shotgun start. We welcomed both Steve Madeley & Bill Howells from the local newspapers to do some pre-golf interviews, plus making their debut with the camera was Big Centre TV, who interviewed some lads prior to hitting the first drives of the day.
The Dinner again was attended by not only those who had played Golf but some other Guests, including Former Director Joe Brandrick, Chairman of Supporters Club John Homer, Kidderminster Branch Supporters Roy & Barbara Haden, Association Sponsor David James from Knapp, Bill Howells Evening Mail & Richard Lambert Professional Walsall GC. It seems that everyone wants to be part of a day that is now becoming more of a social event than a money raising affair.
At 1.30pm the shot gun was fired and of those 19 Former Players we welcomed Kevin Donovan for the first time. 4 hours later the teams returned to the Clubhouse for well deserved drinks. The Dinner commenced at 7.45 and by 10.15 everyone was on their way home except for the growing number that now seem to stay over and reminisce about life as a Player over a few drinks, well perhaps more than a few in the odd case! A great day & night, that comes round far too quickly these days, is that a sign we are all getting that little bit older!
This year the Association have lost 2 friends to Motor Neurone Disease, Former Player Ray Tracey who started as an apprentice & then re-joined in the Giles era plus a regular at our Golf Day until the illness stopped his attendance Brian Hughes. John Giles donated 2 signed shirts one from 1976 WBA & the other 1972 Leeds Cup Final shirt, £560 was raised for MND, our thanks to the two guys who generously bid for those shirts & to John for donating them.
To close the evening the results were announced by our MC Paul Raven, Paul was joined on the stage by President Brendon Batson OBE & Legend Tony Brown to jointly present the prizes.
Nearest the Pin with 3rd shot @ 18th: Nicholas Smith
Nearest the Pin with 2nd shot @ 9th : Ally Brown ( he holed his shot)
Nearest the Pin @ 10th : Don Goodman
4th Placed Team: 80 points CPC CIVILS 3 (Mervyn Chapman, Dom McDermott, Nick Smith, Ex Player Paul Raven)
3rd Placed Team: 81 points AMROS GOLF PROMOTIONS ( Neil Bettridge,Bob Bache, Mark Read, Ex Player Mick Fudge)
2nd Placed Team: 82 points WALSALL GC ( Richard Lowe, Steve Derry, Peter Thompson, Ex Player David Butler)
WINNERS: 86 points CPC CIVILS 1 ( Kevin Cunningham, Steve Hamer, Liam Darragh, Ex Player Stewart Phillips)
Congratulations to all our Winners
WBA Former Players Association Golfer 2015: STEWART PHILLIPS 36 points
Golfing Former Players in attendance: Chairman Ray Wilson, Joe Mayo, Gordon Nisbet, John Lovatt, Paul Raven, Stewart Phillips, Derek Monaghan, Bob Taylor, Don Goodman, Darren Bradley, David Butler, Ally Brown, Cyrille Regis MBE, Ian Edwards, Mick Fudge, Gary Robson, Kevin Donovan, Campbell Crawford, Bruce Collard.
Non Golfers: Bendon Batson OBE, Tony Brown, Graham Williams, Ally Robertson
Committee Members: Norman Westbury, Geoff Snape
Our thanks go to CPC Civils Ltd our Main Sponsor, Solihull Roofing on course prize Sponsor, Amros Golf Promotions prize Sponsor, plus our Teams: Derek Spires, Clement Keys, Lyness Accountants, Hadgkiss Hughes & Beale, Albion Foundations, Rybrook BMW, Tmac Ltd, JC Payne, Albion Foundation, The Supporters, Walsall GC.
14th Annual Golf Day diary date: Monday 27th June 2016 Walsall Golf Club