The Captain’s Day Trophy – Metropolitan Grand Lodge and Chapter Golf Society
A Winning Group! Andy Bye ( left ) nearest the pin on the 18th John Bennett ( right ) nearest the pin-in-two on the 13th Andrew Williamson ( centre ) is the Winning Guest and nearest the pin on the 2nd and 15th!
Our Reporter – Bro. Morris Bentley (London Grand Bandit) brings you the story:
The Metropolitan Grand Lodge & Chapter Golf Society held its fourth and final event of the summer for the Captain’s Day Trophy on Thursday, 15th September, at Leatherhead Golf Club, Surrey, which was Founded in 1903 and laid out by Peter Paxton, who also designed the East Berkshire Golf Club.
Playing off the yellow tees at 5,757 yards on a Par 70, this was a true test of golfing ability with three Par 5s, five Par 3s and two long Par 4s of over 400 yards! The weather was warm enough for shorts, and the recent rain meant receptive greens from a lofted approach wedge, and there was some run on the fairways! The 22 golfers were seen off by our Hon. Starter, John Peters, and they produced very impressive scores. During the dinner, £200 was raised from the raffle for Charity.
The Nearest the Pin prizes for the five Par 3s were won by: Andrew Williamson on the 2nd & 15th, Barry Spencer on the 9th, Michael Fox on the 12th and Andy Bye on the 18th; which ended up just 1 foot from the hole, this last hole was 195 yards long and carried a stroke index of 9!
Nearest the Pin in Two on the 13th, guarded by railway sleepers, was John Bennett, while Tony Hyams won the Longest Drive, which went some 230 yards down the fairway on the 494-yard 16th hole.
The Winning Guest was Andrew Williamson with a magnificent 41 points playing off 20 and was very emotional as he left the 18th green as that was his highest-ever Stableford score. For the society members, past Captain Simon McCarthy was Runner-up with 34 points, and the Winner was Steve Martin with a very creditable 36 points.
The Society Roll of Honour for 2022
Russell Race Claret Jug – Metropolitan Grand Lodge & Chapter GC
Opening Ode Shield – Michael Fox
Andrew Henderson Trophy – Michael Fox
Presidents Salver – Nick Jenkins
Captain’s Day Glass Trophy – Steve Martin
Society Fixtures for 2023
Mid-April – Russell Race Claret Jug v East Kent PrGS – TBA, Kent
Friday 21st April – Opening Ode Shield – Chipsted GC, Surrey
Thursday 18th May – Andrew Henderson Trophy – Warley Park GC, Essex
Thursday 29th June – President’s Salver – Maidenhead GC, Berkshire
Mid-July – Tri-Provincial Match – Met v Surrey v Sussex – TBA, Surrey
Thursday 14th September – Captain’s Day Glass Trophy – Redbourn GC, Hertfordshire
Steve Martin ( left ) receives The Captain’s Day Glass Trophy from Captain – Kevin Jones ( right )
Bob Hancock ( middle ) Chairman and resplendent in the Society Tie
This article is part of the Arena Magazine, Issue 51 April 2023 edition.
Arena Magazine is the official magazine of the London Freemasons – Metropolitan Grand Lodge and Metropolitan Grand Chapter of London.
Read more articles in the Arena Issue 51 here.