With high hopes for a successful new season, 22 members – including a welcome newcomer, Garrett Emmerson – arrived at Beaconsfield Golf Club on Tuesday 12th April to kick off our 2022 golfing year.

Prior to the golf, and for the first time in 2 years, we were able to hold a proper AGM without having to resort to video conferencing. Mandatory officers were voted into post, reports delivered on the society activities for 2021 and events were confirmed for 2022. There was then much discussion on the society’s programme for 2023 and beyond in the light of significantly increased event costs as clubs react to increased demand.

The period of wet and cold weather experienced earlier in the year had given way to dry, cloudy conditions on the day, with temperatures in the mid-teens. Unfortunately, preparation of this normally immaculate golf course had been hampered by the adverse conditions and it was generally agreed that the greens in particular were not up to the club’s usual standard – even the normal practice putting green was out of action!

Notwithstanding the above, everyone appeared to enjoy the day and several players managed to play to, or beat, their handicaps.

Follow a refreshing post-round drink, members tucked into a very tasty and substantial three course (late) lunch, at the conclusion of which the day’s prize winners were announced.

However, before the prize-giving and to the surprise of nearly everyone, 2022 Captain Brian Reid was presented with something that is set to become a tradition for every future holder of the post – a bow tie in the Golf Society’s colours.

After much scrutiny of the scorecards and debate among the ‘executive’, newly attired Brian and organiser, Derek Messenger, presented the prizes

Awards for the day’s efforts were presented as follows:

The day’s Nearest the pin (Hole 7) and nearest the pin in 3 (Hole 17), both went to Mark Smith. He was on the green at the par 5 in two!

Two players scored a very commendable 38 points, with Paul Ritchie taking 3rd place on countback and Brian Reid presenting the 2nd place prize to himself.

Finally, with an outstanding 39 points, and for the first time in his 26 years with the Golf Society, John Winter was presented with a winner’s trophy – the Chairman’s Cup.

Thanks were then extended to the staff of Beaconsfield Golf Club for their hospitality and catering, as well as to Derek Messenger for his excellent organisation of the event.

We now look forward to our next event, the Spring Meeting, which will be held at the always superb Hankley Common GC on Tuesday 10th May.