Staff Association
CONTACT: Christmas 1974
Thanks to clement weather and the enthusiasm of the members all our fixtures were played this year. A disappointing start was made when, in our opening match, we lost to Lloyds Bank, 4 - at Robin Hood Golf Club. Things looked brighter, however, when the National Westminster Bank were defeated by a similar score at Kings Norton. The season finished with a 5 - 1 win over Police 'A' Division also at Kings Norton. Unfortunately the Guild Trophy had to be cancelled due to the poor response. Only five Corporation Departments were prepared to field a team and the organisers, quite rightly, decided that the number was too few to make a representative tournament.

As a new venture the Society organised an Alliance Competition at Kings Norton in May. In difficult conditions the result was a well merited win for Allan Read and Ian Wright with a net score of 74. The Annual Outing was held at the Herefordshire Golf Club and proved a tough test for the competitors. At the end of the day the best net score returned was a two under par 68 by George Harris. Keith Haslam returned a steady 72 to be runner up.

In May, a very welcome invitation was received from Thomas Cook and Son for two of our members to play in their sponsored Pro-Am tournament at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Abingdon. Keith Haslam and Clem Batstone were the Bank's representatives but unfortunately, at the eleventh hour, Clem suffered a sprained ankle and had to withdraw. Keith was lucky enough to draw Ryder Cup star, Bernard Gallagher as a partner and although this combination finished well up the list, the eventual winner was Hugh Baiocchi of South Africa and his amateur partner. Playing in front of large crowds must have proved quite a strain for Keith but he did not allow it to affect his game and on several occasions used his handicap strokes to improve on the professional's score.

This year sees the 21st anniversary of the President's Cup. The Cup was presented to the society in 1953 by the then General Manager, Mr H Carver. In its inaugural year the Cup was won by Harold Turner and now after 21 years it has been won by - who else - Harold Turner. He won the Cup for the ninth - yes ninth - time by beating Eric Bignell 4 - 3 at Moseley Golf Club. This was Eric's first appearance in the final, and well though he played, the 'Maestro's' immaculate short game proved too strong on the day. This was truly a tremendous feat to win the trophy after such a time lapse especially as the winner was assuring everyone, at the beginning of the season, that he could no longer play eighteen holes of golf! One can only wonder what will happen when he decides he can.

Finally, our best wishes go to Norman Wilcox for a complete recovery from his recent illness and hope that we shall see him on the first tee for our matches next year.
M P Bourke
Keith Haslam in action at the Pro-Am Golf Tournament - May 28th 1974
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