They say we are a Nation of “weather watchers” well certainly leading up to our annual golf day the signs that the weather was not going to be good, certainly concentrated the mind of the organisers. Rain, thunder, cloud, showers – everything was suggested but come the day all our worries were unfounded, the Walsall weather did us proud, ideal conditions for a golf day. On an ideal golf course with 80 golfers ready to do battle, the starting gun was fired at 1.30pm and the former players golf day was underway.
It was again well supported by friends, supporters and former players. We welcomed 2 new teams, one lead by Nick Lovett of M3 Agency, Nick is the son of the late & great Graham Lovett, we also welcomed a team of Coventry City former players. It was good to see Gavin Whitehouse return to the fold with his new accountancy Bennett Whitehouse. It was good to see new faces amongst our members with 1968 FA Cup winner Ian Collard making his debut alongside a more recent member of the blue and white brigade Peter Odemwingie. Also a welcome first timer was David Ashman, son of our 1968 FA Cup Winning Manager Alan.
Walsall Golf course was in excellent condition with quick greens and superb fairways. As usual the hospitality afforded to us by the members and catering staff was much appreciated.
Dinner & Prize Presentation started at 7.45pm and a warm welcome to all our visitors was extended by President Brendon Batson. Derek Monaghan acted as MC for the evening.
A few ladies joined us on this occasion, Kate Sammon being a golfer took part in the competition whilst Barbara Haden along with Susan Ball joined us for the dinner. Ray Wilson thanked all entrants, sponsors and the golf club.
2’s comp ball winners:
Norman Westbury, Eddie Wedderburn, Dave Cowper, Jim Brice, Colin Deery & Peter Odemwingie.
Nearest the pins:
7th: Gerry Lynskey, Nearest pin in 2 @9th Ray Wilson, Nearest pin in 3 @18th Colin Derry.
4th (80 points) M3 AGENCY – Nick Lovett, Ivan Knezovich, Nigel Smith & Dave Lawrence.
3rd (82 points) SOLIHULL ROOFING – Tony Sammon, Kate Sammon, Colin Deery & FPA member Stewart Phillips
2nd (83 points) WALSALL GOLF CLUB – Dave Cowper, Ray Blood, Charlie Knight & FPA Member Dave Butler
1st (86 points) CREATIVE – Mark Read, Alan Tomkins, David Ashman & FPA Secretary Geoff Snape
THE CYRILLE REGIS FPA GOLFER of the Year Trophy Winner
DAVE BUTLER 36 points
TEAMS: Creative, Quattro Properties, Coventry City FPA, The Young Baggie Boys (Bob Marley), M3 Agency, Boing FC (Matt Wright), Cleverley Ones, PFA, Envillians, Derek spires, Walsall GC, Albion Foundation, Route 39 (Steve Saul), Starbuck All Stars, Bennett Whitehouse – our sincere thanks to you all.
SPONSORS: Solihull Roofing, Amros Golf Promotions and our main sponsor CPC Civils Ltd, all 3 had teams participate.
FORMER PLAYERS:GOLFERS – Ray Wilson, Bob Taylor, Stewart Phillips, Paul Raven, Nick Cross, Joe Mayo, Mick Fudge, Mark Grew, Kevin Summerfield, Bruce Collard, Campbell Crawford, Ian Collard, John Kaye, Don Goodman, Peter Odemwingie, Dave Butler.
NON GOLFERS – Brendon Batson, Ally Robertson, Tony Brown
Our thanks go to our sponsors Tony Sammon (Solihull Roofing), Neil Bettridge (Amros Golf Promotions) and Con Cunningham (CPC Civils) who we wish a speedy recovery after his bicycle accident which prevented him from playing. Walsall Golf Club for again providing us with an excellent golf course and some fine cuisine.
2 excellent auctions took place, Tony Sammon the highest bidder for the signed Cyrille Regis framed photos and Neil Bettridge the signed “Great Escape shirt!
The evening came to a close at 10.00pm for the majority though some drank & reminisced until the early hours.
Enjoyable golf, excellent food, good company and equally important good weather, all the ingredients to make a fantastic former players golf day.