The GSGB August Meeting was held at Luffenham Heath and Northamptonshire County Golf Clubs. Both of these excellent clubs have a long standing association with the Society and the courses could best be described as traditional heathland layouts. The 65 Members who took part enjoyed good playing conditions on both days, although temperatures were a little on the low side for the time of year. The late starters on Day 1 did have to endure rain for 30 minutes or so, but thankfully the blue skies eventually returned.
Both courses were in excellent condition with Luffenham being used for Regional Open Qualifying earlier in the summer. A number of tricky pin positions possibly helped keep the scores down somewhat and there were only two 2’s registered on the day. However nothing deterred our immediate past Chairman Alan Golbourn who scores a very impressive 39 points. Rosemary Lilley led the ladies after the first round with 35 points.
At Dinner we were joined by the Men’s Captain Ian Harris and the Ladies Captain Julia Hodson. Ian and Julia were presented with the Society cheque of £500 by GSGB Chairman Linda Hill. Ian spoke of the founders and history of both the Society and Luffenham Heath.
Day 2 was played in benign conditions and although rain threatened at times it thankfully stayed away. Northants County is an attractive course and is possibly a little more tree lined than Luffenham Heath but with similar “all year round” turf underfoot. Both courses were designed by one of Britain’s most renowned golf course architects Harry Colt.
The King of Morocco Cup was won by Alan Golbourn from Chelmsford with an aggregate total of 72 points and the Runner-up was Tony Parker from Woodhall Spa with 68 points. The Society Salver was won by Kathryn Archibald from East Herts with 69 points and the Runner-up was Rosemary Lilley from Portal Premier with 68 points.
Congratulations to all prize winners. A full list can be seen below.
The next event will be at Edgbaston / Blackwell on September 23rd – 24th.