The LMEGA season got of to a very much delayed start at Walton Heath on Friday with the combined Captain’s Day and Spring Meeting competition. This is only the second time that a Captain has served two terms and we thank Jan Rommer for stepping in to fill the gap when Martin Abbott was forced to delay his captaincy for a year.
In good golfing weather on the Old Course but, on fairways that were being scarified and with fast greens, scoring was not easy. With carries over heather of up to 170 yards and with heather intruding into the fairways in and around a profusion of bunkers there was a premium on long and accurate driving and on approaches to well guarded greens. Not for nothing is Walton Heath an Open qualifier and host to the Ryder Cup in past years.
RIP Derek Raphael
Before the prizegiving a minute’s silence was held for Derek Raphael who died last week and Past Captain Allan Kerr gave a eulogy. Derek is seen here second from the left in a photograph taken on a Summer Tour to France in 2011.
The Silver Challenge Trophy dating back to 1905 and which can be seen in the cabinet in the LME gallery, was won by Jack Burns of Stonex at his first attempt with a score of 38 points.
As a result, Jack also wins the Scratch Competition for handicaps of 12 and under, and the Carr Sargant for Category 1 and 2 companies. Jack now takes a two shot cut to his handicap for next year’s competition. The runner up was the LME’s Yang Liu, a past Captain, who also takes the Director’s Cup and the Captains’ Cup.
The King Cup for the best 24+ handicap goes to Ashok Singhania.
Yang was also presented belatedly with the Knockout Cup which she won in 2019 but which presentation was delayed by the Covid crisis. Rob Draisey took third place with 34 points on a countback over holes 10-18.