Monthly report of the Royal British Club Golfing Society - The Ernst Young Challenge.
Report and photo kindly submitted by Brenda Leitao
L to R: Captain David Wright, Keith Potter, winner Hans Ludolphi, Caroline de Roos and Eddie Leitao (representing EY)
After a series of very hot days the Royal British Club Golfing Society members were relieved to see a drop in temperature when they returned from their holidays all over the world. The competition this month was for the EY Trophy. 35 players – one of the largest groups this year – were determined to do their best to win the attractive prize.
Despite all the hard work only one member – the winner – managed to play better than handicap. However, a record of six members scored 32 points resulting in a complicated series of countbacks to determine places on the podium. The winner, who made sure all his putts dropped, was Hans Ludolphi with 39 points. Second, was our new Lady member Caroline de Roos, with 33 points. The following places – all with 32 points – were awarded to: third place, another new member, Keith Potter, fourth to one of our oldest members, Auke Bos, fifth to David Gray and sixth, Ron Goddard.
The monthly prizes this time were:
Nearest the Pin for the Ladies,Caroline de Roos
Nearest the Pin for the Men, Andrew Jones.
The Newstead Cup – awarded to members of handicap 23 and over and not in the first six places – was won by another player with 32 points – Sakiko Takeda.
The Cow Bell with a free golf lesson from the Club Pro was won easily this month by Duncan Barker.
Sadly, a former Captain of the Club in 2003, Peter Mason, passed away recently. During his tenure as Captain the Top 10 tankard competition was introduced for those members unable to complete 18 holes. Also the Lost (or Wet Ball) Charity Fund was instituted during his year as Captain. In memory of Peter, the Top 10 tankard was symbolically awarded to his wife Carol to hold until the next Top 10 competition is won.
In Memory of Peter Mason
The Top 10 Tankard was awarded to his wife, Carol Mason
Possibly, due to the fact that golf needs a little fine tuning after the holidays, the Lost Ball fund, whereby players are fined Euro 1 for every ball lost, collected a larger than usual sum of 45 euros. At the end of the year the money collected goes to a Charity chosen by the current Captain.
Our sponsors for the tournament will have been delighted by the large turn out of society members for this tournament. Eddie Leitao, a former managing partner of Arthur Young in Portugal (now EY), presented the prizes to the winners on behalf of EY and thanked the sponsors for thewir continuing support of the society and the tournement.
A summer lunch was served on the terrace on the Estoril Golf Club where Captain David Wright reminded members that, as the first Wednesday of the coming month falls on the holiday of October 5th, the next competition will be held on October 12th for the Rankin Cup. Scores will count for a double competition, with the scores added to the November tournament score to determine the winner of the Silver Jubilee Plate.