CONTACT - Christmas 1975
The glorious summer we enjoyed this year ensued that all the Society's matches were played in near perfect conditions.
The first event in our calendar was an Alliance Competition played at Kings Norton Golf Club in May. The winners were Alan Woodbridge and Gary Grainger who returned a par 72. In second place was one of last year's winners, Ian Wright, partnered by Geoff Wright. Our first match against Lloyds Bank Golfing Society was halved 2½ - 2½, perhaps a suitable ending to the series of fixtures played against Lloyds over many years. The management of Lloyds' decision that in future their Society should not play competitor banks brings this annual fixture to an end. The National Westminster Bank produced a spell of inspired putting on Robin Hood Golf Club's excellent greens to carry their team to a victory by 4½ to 1½. Nearly all the matches were decided on either the last or penultimate green and then by single puts. Positions were reversed in August when the City Police 'A' Division came up against a strong Bank team at Kings Norton and we ran out winners by 4½ - 1½.
As in previous years, teams were entered for the NALGO West Midlands District Council Team competition at Redditch but the six players, Margaret Wiggett, Keith Haslam, Tony Green, Alan Reed, Eric Bignell and Mike Bourke were not able to make the prize-winner's lists. The new Redditch course proved to be quite a handful for most of the teams and in blustery conditions scores were high. Better results were obtained by the two pairs entered in the NALGO West Midlands District Council Charity Alliance Competition held at Handsworth. The overall winners were Gary Grainger and Mike Bourke with an eight under par 64; three shots away in fourth place were Keith Haslam and Tony Green. This competition proved to be an ordeal in more ways than one. The winning score was put in at half past three in the afternoon yet it was nine o'clock in the evening before the final pairs reached the clubhouse. Another success story was registered in October when John Curtis outplayed the rest of the field in the NALGO West Midlands District Stableford Competition. John, competing with Les Bellmore, Graham Sargent and Gary Grainger, stormed home with a net 63 amassing a total of 39 points to win by four clear points. Stableford Competition requires very consistent play and John produced the type of golf eminently suitable to the occasion. He scored at least one point on every hole - a remarkable performance. This win meant that our Society won two out of three NALGO competitions and has brought one or two demands for our transfer to NUBE to be speeded up.
The good weather stayed with us for the Annual Medal at Hereford Golf Club. With a larger field than usual the best scores returned were those of the sons of two of our members. Philip Haslam and Nigel Bellmore both returned a four under par 66. The trophy was awarded to Philip on the basis of an inward nine holes of 44 (gross) against Nigel's score of 45. This system is the usual method of breaking a tied position. In third position, six shots away, was Keith Haslam who for the second year in succession scored a 72. As usual the catering arrangements at Hereford were first class and it was very pleasing to see more of our members enjoying them.
The President's Cup was won again this year by Harold Turner. For the tenth time in twenty-two years he has successfully weathered the storms of the early rounds and in the final gave his usual masterly display to beat Tony Green 3-2. He still maintains that he has difficulty in playing eighteen holes of golf!
Finally a word about membership. The number of members has increased steadily over the past few years but there is always room for more. Rodney Tonks, who joined the Society this year, played his way into the semi-finals of the President's Cup losing only to Harold Turner, the eventual winner. It may be your turn to go one better in the coming season - why not try?