Who would have thought that when I handed over the captaincy of the C.I.L.T. Golf Society to our vice-captain Bob Harper at the Northampton County Golf Club on the 9th October 2019 that due to the weather and a pandemic we would not meet together again for some months. Coronavirus has hit us all as individuals, businesses and of course through sport and social gatherings. This along with a very wet December meant that we have had to cancel our Member’s Meeting and AGM at Beaconsfield GC and to rearrange our Spring Meeting at Hankley Common for the 19th of August 2020. We then had to cancel our Summer meeting at Copt Heath GC but were able to complete most of the remainder of our 2020 programme.

“It was a great privilege for me to be able to serve as captain for the society’s 25th Anniversary and to again enjoy the fellowship, sporting challenge and business contact with other members and guests of the C.I.L.T.

Our year was again a great success with visits to Beaconsfield GC, won by Peter Taylor with 37 points and Hankley Common GC, won by Cameron Grant with 38 points. We then moved onto Copt Heath GC for our summer meeting where the winner was again Cameron Grant with 35 points. Next up was the match against the Liberals Golf Society at Gerrards Cross GC where we came a very close 2nd out of 2. We then challenged the RLC (Royal Logistics Corp) and the TGS (Transport Golf Society) to our annual 3 way match at the Army GC Aldershot where we came a very close 3rd out of 3.

The Captain not doing so well with inter society matches during his year so far.

September brought us once again to our annual trip which, in line with tradition of 2 year trips, we returned to Cornwall. We again stayed in the superb Trevose GC lodges where 23 members and 3 guests enjoyed the quality meals and service provided in the Trevose GC club house.

We played the Trevose course on the Saturday in lovely dry and sunny weather. The day was won by David Frost with a score of 36 points. On the Sunday we played the Perranporth course, again in sunny weather, where we enjoyed fantastic coastal views on  what I would describe as a challenging course. A course which you would definitely want to play again once you new the layout and direction. The winner was again Cameron Grant with his ever steady 38 points. On Monday in fairly drizzly weather conditions we played at Bude GC, a somewhat easier course than the other 2 but very enjoyable and we did not get too wet. The winner on this final day was Paul Ritchie with a score of 39 points.

The overall winning scores for the weekend were from a new member in 2019, Lee Armstrong and, our guest player Phil Reeves.

Thank you to John Winter for again organising a super trip enjoyed by all 26 attendees.

We are now looking forward to the 2020 trip over the 6th to the 8th of September in Yorkshire. Please see the information provided on the website and get involved in a very enjoyable weekend at sensible costs.

At the end of September we took on the Oil industry GS in our annual match at Denham GC. In keeping with my 2019 successes we managed to lose this one by 2.5 to 1.5. However, we enjoyed the day and the usual superb lunch provided by the club.

Our final match of 2019 was held at the Northampton County GC where we had hoped to enjoy the company of our society patron HRH Princess Anne. Unfortunately, despite great efforts from our Chairman Paul Symes, HRH was unable to join our anniversary dinner. However, we were privileged to welcome some of our past captains who, for geographic reasons, we had not seen for some time. We again enjoyed sunny weather and a great round of golf on a prestige course and the winner on the day was again a new member, Keith Allison, with 35 points. The round was followed by an anniversary dinner where the Singles Matchplay Knockout cup was presented to Mark Smith and the John Swanson-Smith Trophy for the most consistent player of the year went, again, to Cameron Grant. (Come on potential new members, we need some new blood to knock Cameron off his perch).

Having handed over the C.I.L.T Golf Society Captaincy to Bob Harper for 2020, I reflected on my year of Captaincy in 2019. As you can see from my report it was not my best golfing season with personal

and team results. However I, again, thoroughly enjoyed the year and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made my year so enjoyable.

As part of my captaincy year, myself and a group of others took part in the Climb of Life event in the Lake District to raise funds for the Institute of Cancer Research. Due to the kind and valued support of the C.I.L.T. golf society members and golf event guests my wife, Liz and I, managed to raise £2,247.00 and contribute to the overall sum raised on the day of £104,315.00. A big thank you to the society for their support from the ICR.

My target for 2020 is to increase membership to the golf society, from C.I.L.T. members in the Midlands and the North. The trip to Yorkshire in September being one of the of initiatives to aid this. If any C.I.L.T. members from these areas would consider involvement, please feel free to contact me on 07818043638.

My best wishes to Bob Harper for the 2020 captaincy and here is hoping your season kicks off soon”

Gus Whyte – Immediate Past Captain