Hankley Common GC served up another superb CILT Golf Society event with their usual clubhouse hospitality being every bit as warm as the glorious weather we enjoyed on this beautifully presented course. This year, in addition to the wonderful social camaraderie and business networking, there was also a very special presentation to our long-standing Golf Forum Chairman from the Society members as he celebrated his milestone birthday with our help.
It was evident that our guests did not require much persuasion to join the party at this quality venue. Gary Brown, the professional at Ganton GC and guest of Alan Swinley, travelled all the way from Yorkshire while event sponsor John Maguire of Narrow Aisle, invited +2 handicapper and Nearest-the-Pin (11th Hole) winner, James Surridge and Guest Runner-Up, Donald Houston.
Evidence for the benefits of CILT and Golf Society membership also came from the number of returning ‘recent recruits’ and one new member, David Wilson. With many years experience in transport management David is a long-standing member of the CILT. He is currently Senior Partner in DW Consultancy, specialising in cost reduction and efficiency maximisation for UK transport operations.
After the morning golf, members and guests were treated to a superb 3-course meal, followed by coffee and presentation of the competition prizes in the club lounge.
In addition to the winners already mentioned, Longest Drive (8th Hole) and Nearest-the-Pin prizes went to John Winter and guest Doug Taylor respectively. Doug Taylor was also declared Winning Guest.
With Brian Childs, Chris Bramwell and Gus Whyte tied on the same score: 2nd, 3rd and 4th places were decided on count back. However, no-one could stop 2018 winner, Cameron Grant of SecureSeal Systems Ltd, from retaining the Spring Trophy.
2019 is a landmark year for the CILT Golf Society. Not only do we celebrate 25 years of existence but Paul Symes CBE, one of our founding members and current Chairman, celebrated a significant birthday in the week before the Spring Meeting. We are not saying what milestone he has reached – suffice to say that his score on the day was marginally higher!
In a gesture which proved how this Forum is not just about golf, but also strong and enduring relationships, the members marked both Paul’s birthday and his unique contribution to the Golf Society by presenting him with a bottle of his favourite tipple and a very personal caricature based on the man himself, his personality, history and his fun-friendly character.