After many years playing at the excellent Copt Heath, the CILT Golf Society decided to move its Summer Meeting to Beau Desert Golf Club near Cannock. Any doubts about the wisdom of this decision were totally dispelled.

From the moment the 23 (including 2 newcomers) members and 7 guests gathered in the cosy clubhouse lounge for pre-round coffee and bacon rolls, we were made to feel welcome. After notification of tee times and distribution of scorecards, the group dispersed to make use of the excellent practice facilities – and a first experience of the scarily fast putting surfaces!

The course itself proved to be tremendous test of shot-making and skill, with accuracy off the tee and the ability to read tricky greens at a premium. With over a third of the group managing to score over 30 points, it is clear that some mastered these arts better than others. However, everyone agreed that a return visit in 2023 was a must.

Awards for the event were presented after consumption of much needed post-round beverages and a very welcome 3-course meal.

Keith Allison and Cameron Grant scooped the Nearest the Pin prizes – on the 3rd and 16th holes respectively. With a drive of 280 yards (uphill!), Keith Allison also captured the award for Longest Drive.

Clive Chewins amassed 36 points to take the prize for highest scoring Guest, with Tim Lines second.

In the competition for members, Sean Maloney was in 4th place, with Phil Reeves 3rd and Adrian Malupa runner up to the Winner – for the second event this year – John Winter, with an excellent 38 points.

In conclusion 2022 Captain, Brian Reid, thanked Richard Burgess for his highly efficient organisation of the event, as well as generous sponsors, Gus Whyte of Hoppecke Batteries and Michael Pestereff of Artko.