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Match Results

September 22nd, 2021|

Over the past few weeks members of our Golf Society have been busy doing battle with various other groups. The results of their endeavours are shown below. Triangular match versus The Royal Logistics Corps GS and Transport GS While the world of logistics is facing many challenges - notably from the global pandemic and the aftermath of Brexit - it is comforting to know that golf can provide a little respite. Our match v the Royal Logistic Corps Golf Society has been played annually since 1996, initially at the RAC Club, Epsom, then at North Hants GC, Fleet, and more recently at the Army GC, Aldershot. It was set up to provide an opportunity for networking and job search for Army personnel nearing the end of their military career in logistics and transport. For a few years it was widened to be a match between 3 teams (including the Freight Transport Association) then, in 2013, it was reorganised into the current format of a match between 3 teams from CILT, the RLC and Transport Golf [...]

Another Amazing Tour

September 21st, 2021|

Whatever the location and regardless of the weather, John Winter always organises a thoroughly enjoyable tour! This year’s three day return trip to Yorkshire proved to be no exception. The tour party of 26 members and six guests, met at Moortown Golf Club – venue for the 1929 Ryder Cup - on Sunday 5th September. Having recently hosted the English Amateur Championship, the course was in tip-top, if somewhat tough, condition. Nevertheless, several players stepped up to the task and managed to play to, or better than, their handicaps.  Among performances of note was that of Brian Reid, who recorded an eagle on the par four, 5th even though he had no idea of the green layout or flag position! After enjoying our first night’s stay in the excellent York Hilton, on Day two we were made very welcome at Immediate Past CILT GS Captain Gus Whyte’s home course, Kirkbymoorside Golf Club. Flat and featureless would not be an accurate description of this course. Challenging, well presented and great fun would be more [...]

A Close Match!

August 8th, 2021|

Hoping to improve upon last year’s tied match, the CILT Golf Society took on the National Liberal Club Golf Circle at Aldwickbury Park Golf Club near Harpenden on Thursday 29th July. The Liberal GC included two ladies in their team for the first time. This was a welcome development in an always enjoyable sporting and social event. Unfortunately only 7 of the selected 8 CILT GS team members were able to attend, so Eddie Cox ended up with the tough task of taking on a Liberal GC pair on his own – in a 4-ball, better ball, Stableford competition! Excellent golfing weather prevailed during the day on a very good course that featured regular changes in elevation and extremely tricky, quick greens. As well as bemoaning 3 (and even 4) putting, the post-match chat was sprinkled with comment about the hedge across the 12th fairway and the ‘invisible’ green on the 13th. Tension mounted as the groups arrived back at the clubhouse and the scores were recorded. The first match was halved and the second match saw CILT [...]

Shooting your age! Alan Swindley shoots gross 76 at 79!

July 29th, 2021|

One of the benefits of being ‘tour organiser’ is the opportunity to go out and play the courses before the tour itself to become better acquainted with the venue and its facilities. Kindly invited for a friendly three ball by Kirkbymoorside member Gus Whyte, who is a local representative for the PGA (Pickering Golf Association if you must know) along with Ganton member Alan Swindley, we played the course on a hot July day from the yellow tees. Alan was breathless when he arrived, rushing up the hill from the car park with five minutes to spare. He told us about his dodgy knee and the arthritis in his hands that was hindering his grip. Beware the injured golfer, I thought. And who says you can’t have a good round of golf jumping out of your car and not even having a practice putt. Alan went on to have one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ rounds shooting 76 gross at the age of 79! His round was not spectacular; there were no chip ins from off the green, holes in one or [...]

Summer Meeting – Copt Heath GC

July 10th, 2021|

Despite the ongoing pandemic restrictions, 24 members and 4 guests enjoyed a great day at Copt Heath Golf Club near Solihull on Thursday 24th June. As usual for this (our 6th) visit to the home of Peter McEvoy, the course was in terrific condition and provided an excellent test of golfing ability. After consuming the traditional pre-round fare of coffee/tea and bacon rolls, the assembled golfers headed out to the course - many via the practice area. As it turned out, this was probably a wise move! Whatever the case, those who brought along (or further honed) their 'A' game were able to post really excellent scores and all the individual Stableford competition prize winners managed to beat their handicaps. After the golf we enjoyed a superb 3-course meal and, while event organiser Richard Burgess announced the winners, 2021 Golf Society Captain, Bob Harper, presented the prizes. Tim Lines (39 pts) beat ex-Copt Heath Captain, Martin Elliot (37 pts) to the Guest Prize. Gus Whyte swept the board to claim both Nearest-the-Pin prizes - on [...]

Off and running at Hankley Common

May 25th, 2021|

After the trials and tribulations of last year, it was a delight to hold the 2021 Spring Meeting at its spiritual home of Hankley Common Golf Club, and in the traditional month of May. The Covid restrictions have provided a real challenge to the ability of golf clubs to respond to the backlog of demand from members and visiting societies and one consequence was that we were limited to a field of 28 players for this event.  At the same time, enthusiasm from members to get back together meant that bids to enter exceeded that number so we had to run a reserve list and eventually disappointed 3 of our GS members. Notable among the five very welcome guests were three single figure handicappers including, for the first time in several years, a lady. Not only that, but Hilary Allen is an ex-Cambridge blue. The course was in tip-top condition as usual and the weather was kind. As expected of this first class venue, the hospitality and catering facilities were excellent and absolutely in line with pandemic regulations. An unexpected bonus was [...]

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