Livery Golf Day
Monday 12th June 2017
Tandridge Golf Club
Back home late Sunday afternoon from Ironbridge and it was back in the car on Monday morning for a drive along the M25 to Tandridge Golf Club. It was our annual Livery Golf Day organised by Past Master Derek Harris. “Remember, don’t have breakfast!” was Derek’s advice. Each year, our Livery’s golfers and guests tackle the Tandridge course to compete for the Charles Rich Trophy and many generous prizes in baskets that clink on the way to the boot of the car. Sponsored by British American Tobacco, the tournament is organised and run by Derek. He counts them out and counts them back in again. Tandridge is a very pretty course and deserves better than the likes of me hacking my way round. Poor technique and accumulated injuries gave me the excuse to sit in the clubhouse chatting to Derek and Sheila. We meet at Court and dinners but we often miss the opportunity to sit together and get to know one another. To spend time with Derek is a privilege I enjoyed immensely. Before long, the first threesome chip onto the 18th hole. Eventually, when everyone had changed, we settled down in the dining room. It was an enormous and truly satisfying lunch and it was quite obvious why Tandridge has such a reputation for its fine food.
Back to the business end of the day, Derek had taken the score cards and carefully recorded the numbers onto his spreadsheet before announcing for the second year running, Paul and Sharon Taberer, had both won the Men’s and Ladies’ first prizes. I was delighted to present the Charles Rich Trophy to Paul (a third-time winner) and baskets of wines to several of the other players. The Mistress and I struggled into High Single Figures EPS (the name of my car) but before long, we were back on the M25 heading for home weighed down by the famous Tandridge Pudding.