PRESTON & DISTRICT MASONIC GOLFING SOCIETY
The 2018 annual competition was held at Fairhaven Golf Club in Lytham This is the fifth year that the event has been held at this magnificent venue and once again the players required plenty of sun cream on a beautiful day on this superbly presented but tough course.
Although originally held to decide the PDMGS champion golfer, the event was open to visitors both Masonic and non-Masonic, and again attracted quite a number amongst the participating 30 players.
After a hard-fought competition on this this tough and demanding golf course, the competitors returned for showers followed by well earned liquid refreshment in the bar of the beautiful clubhouse. The participants went on to enjoy a superb carvery in the dining room.
After dinner the Society Chairman, Ken White, addressed the assembly commiserating with all those who had tangled with, or lost balls in the rough, or those who had put their balls into the large and often deep bunkers and failed to get out, hoping that despite these possible problems everyone had enjoyed the day.
He expressed his delight that the Society President, Tom Blackburn, was able to attend on this occasion, and was looking forward to presenting the prizes.
The 18-hole competition is based on the Stableford system with full handicap allowance, and produced the following results:
The hard-working society secretary, Garry Norris, became the champion golfer for 2018 with a score of 34 points, beating last years’ winner Malcom Berry by one point.
The Leslie Cunliffe Trophy, which is awarded on a ‘hidden partners’ basis (partners having been selected at random) was won by Garry Norris and Jim Ainsworth with a combined score of 60 points, just 2 points clear of 2nd placed Malcom Berry and Mike Hatton.
With an excellent score of 39 points, the champion visitor was Michael Cowgill who also received an acceptable libation to supplement the trophy.
The “Nearest the Pin” was won by visitor, Brian Walkden, with a distance of 2.5 metres from the flag.
The Longest Drive in which the ball had to finish on the close mown fairway to be valid was won by a visitor Dave Pell at approximately 220 yards.
The Team prize was based on the best 3 scores on each hole being recorded and added to provide a total for the 18 holes was won by Fred Chadwick, Michael Cowgill, Bill Lawrence and Brian Green with a magnificent score of 118 points which was 7 points better than the runners up Ken White, Bob Bennett, Simon Walker and Howard Dunk.
The top 6 scores form the Preston Masonic team for the annual Provincial Golf Competition which this year is to be held at Davyhulme Park Golf Club on 2nd August 2018.
The team will comprise of Malcom Berry, John Ross, Mike Hatton, Jim Ainsworth, Garry Norris and David Winder. Tom Blackburn had the pleasure of presenting him with the Preston and District Masonic Golfing Society Trophy.