CONTACT - Christmas 1973
The Society extends a warm welcome to Alan Woodbridge, Gary Grainger, John Curtis and Graham Sargent who all played in their first matches for the Bank this season. The first three named also played in the President's Cup and performed creditably.
Extra congratulations are necessary this year to Keith Haslam who completed a hat trick of President Cup wins, beating his good friend Tony Green in the final. I understand that this is only the second occasion on which the hat trick has been completed, the previous time being on the inception of the trophy in 1953 when Harold Turner not only performed this feat but actually won the cup for five years running.
Again, results of matches were mixed. We suffered a drubbing from Lloyds Bank at Sandwell by 4 to ½; victory over the Police 'A' Division at Kings Norton by 6-0 helped to restore morale and the final match of the season also resulted in a victory for the Bank, the National Westminster bank being defeated at Robin Hood by 3-2.
Only five teams entered for the Guild Trophy this year and this was won by the Police with a net score of 288. The MEB were second and the Bank third, only three shots adrift. Margaret Wiggett returned the Bank's best score with a net 70. Thanks are due to Stephen Pink for stepping into the breach at the last minute owing to Chris O'Connor's indisposition, and ably looking after the day's proceedings.
The Annual Outing to Kington was not quite the disaster of last year but heavy mist in the afternoon prevented most of the competitors finishing the course. Consolation prizes were awarded to Chris O'Connor and Robert Standing who returned the best two of the four completed cards.
Thanks to Harold Turner arranging the venue, an additional medal round was played at Kings Norton on Sunday the first of July. There are no prizes for guessing the winner - yes, it was that man Haslam again with a wonderful net 65. Well done, Keith. Tony Green was second and George Harris third with net scores of 73 and 74 respectively.
Finally, Best Wishes to Norman Wilcox for a complete recovery from his fall. We are thinking of you, Norman, and trust you will soon be, as ever, up the middle again.
E G BIGNELL