Company Golf Day

The 10th June was wet. It was cold. One would never choose to play in such conditions. The forecasters were right when they said they expected one month’s rainfall to fall on this one day!

The annual Livery golf day did however take place, albeit reduced to a 9-hole (versus 18-hole) competition.

As per tradition this event is organised by Past Master Derek Harris and there is no-one who can better his skill, warmth and selfless ability to lay on such a great day. We had the usual warm welcome from Derek, and this year he produced a wonderful golf towel and ball marker sporting the Company name / logo. These will become a permanent feature for our golf bags. How could we chicken out of playing in the rain?

After registration, tea and coffee and a bacon roll and general mingling ahead of play…and ensuring we all had effective all-weather golf gear along with brollies and hats.

British American Tobacco (BAT) generously agreed to continue to provide a meaningful contribution to the Company for prizes and for this, we are all very grateful.

There were 18 members and guests this year – all of whom played at least 9 holes and some of whom were content to get absolutely soaked and played 18 holes over 3 ½ hours. On arrival back at the clubhouse a warm shower was more than welcome as we thawed out the wet and cold English June!

The Master and Mistress kindly joined us golfers for drinks, lunch and prize giving – following their very busy weekend in Ironbridge.

Most of us took on the par 3-challenge for some vouchers from the pro-shop and that meant some browsing there after play…for anything waterproof!

Compliments must go to all the management and staff at Tandridge for again welcoming us; it is a shame we could not fully appreciate the superb golf course but the club did live up to its reputation of providing us with a superb spread for lunch from its quality kitchen…and most of us indulged in a spoon (or 3) of its signature ‘Tandridge’ pudding!

Past Master Derek introduced the start to prize giving with the Master presenting the prizes and the magnificent Charles Rich Cup, which this year was won by Liveryman John Gossage – congratulations!

Winner Liveryman John Gossage

Second Assistant Colin Richie

Third Freeman Tony Brown

Best Lady Mrs Sharon Taberer

Longest Drive Chris Brown (son of Freeman Tony Brown)

Nearest the Pin Don Ford (guest of Liveryman John Gossage)

Best Guest Nick Brown (son of Freeman Tony Brown)

Very special thanks to Derek for his devoted organisation of the day. He no doubt had much assistance and support from his lovely wife Sheila, and our thanks to her too.

Next year’s event is scheduled to take place at the same venue on Monday 8th June 2020.