For some reason the sixth month of the year has been defined as “Flaming June”, this year it has certainly lived up to it’s reputation. The 16th Annual Golf Day was played in the hottest conditions we have known since 2002. Walsall Golf Club was again the venue and for once most golfers followed the lead our photographer shows throughout the year, exposing the legs to the natural light.
More Former Players and more Teams gathered this year to compete on a golf course whose conditions created an extremely testing round of golf, hard fairways, greens firm and balls running further than intended. The scores reflected the testing conditions with the winners registering scores in the low 80’s.
We welcomed some new faces amongst our teams Steve Saul entering Route 39, Matt Wright Boing FC, who had our youngest competitor yet James Thompson at the tender age of 15 and a team entered by Julia Regis. We also had a returning Adrian Chiles who brought along John Yapp former Finance Director for the PGA, Eddie Wedderburn came along as a guest of our treasurer Norman Westbury.
For once many were happy to be playing shots from the shadow of the trees, Kenny Foggo came along for his first golf day to be Laurie Rampling’s assistant, both sheltering under the shade.
This year the Former Player’s Trophy was renamed in memory of our colleague Cyrille Regis.
19 Teams entered and the results were as follows:
4th: CPC CIVILS 1 – Con Cunningham, Steve Haymer, Ronan Mitchell
Former Player Mick Fudge 79 points
3rd: VALE ALL STARS – Gordon Keir, Steve Yoxall, Steve McCullough
Former Player Bob Ward 80 points
2nd: WALSALL GOLF CLUB – Dave Cowper, Steve Derry, Richard Lowe
Former Player Dave Butler 80 points
1st: CPC CIVILS 3 – Sam Ferris, John Dodd, Terry Carroll
Former Player Bob Ward 84 points
Nearest Pin 13th Mark Read
Nearest Pin in 2 @ 9th Eddie Wedderburn
Nearest Pin in 3 @18th Joe Mayo
Cyrille Regis Golfer of the Year BOB WARD 36 points
It was good to see Bob return after a few years of absence due to back surgery.
Our thanks go to all the Teams that entered: Creative, Derek Spires, Walsall GC, Young Baggie Boys, WBA Supporters, Quattro Properties, Julis Regis, PFA, Rybrook BMW, Albion Foundation, Vale All Stars, Boing FC, Route 39, CPC Civils, Amros Golf Promotions. A special thanks to Neil Bettridge from Amros Golf for the prize sponsorship, Tony Sammon Solihull Roofing for nearest pin prizes and to our main sponsor Con Cunningham CPC Civils Ltd.
Former Players participating in the competition: Ian Edwards, Joe Mayo, David Butler, Mick Fudge, Mark Grew, Don Goodman, Gary Owen, Paul Raven, Kevin Kent, Bob Ward, Colin Addison, John Kaye, Nick Cross, Gary Robson, Campbell Crawford, Bruce Collard, John Lovatt & Ally Brown
Bob Taylor, Tony Brown, Bobby Hope, Graham Williams, Vernon Hodgson, Brendon Batson, Ray Wilson, Ally Robertson, Derek Monaghan all joined for the dinner and prize presentation along with Peter Millichip, Laraine & Dawn Astle, supporters Roy & Barbara Haden, Dean Walton, former Director Joe Brandrick and Baggie Bird Charity winners, Joanne Thompson & Elwyn Jones.
Derek Monaghan acted as MC and Chairman Ray Wilson welcomed everyone and asked for a moments silence to remember those who had died since our last golf day. Secretary Geoff Snape thanked everyone and asked Brendon Batson our President to make 3 special presentations, firstly a 50th year FA Cup victory commemorative gift to Tony Brown, a cheque to Laraine & Dawn Astle for the Astle Foundation, this was money raised from the 68 reunion auction and finally a presentation to Richard Lambert, Walsall GC Professional who retires in October and therefore this was to be his last golf day assisting us.
A great day in scorching temperatures was enjoyed by all.
Thanks to everyone for their support.
Date for the diary, Monday 24th June 2019 venue Walsall Golf Club.