Over 150 members and guests enjoyed a great evening at Mitchell Hall, Cranfield University on Friday (4th December). A golfer''s meal of vegetable soup, steak and ale pie, bread and butter pudding and cheese and biscuits proved a hit with everyone - washed down of course with the odd glass or two.
During the evening the trophies for the Winter Foursomes and Summer Scratch leagues were presented and South Beds GC celebrated a double by winning both premier trophies - Paul Rogerson, Scratch Team Captain collects Trophy below.
County Captain, Paul Kirkwood introduced the winner of the County Matchplay Championship, Gavin Samuels (Leighton Buzzard GC) and announced the Player of the Year, Niall Johnston (Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands GC).
A new innovation this year was a raffle to raise funds for the Talent Identification Programme (TIP) which incorporates coaching for Juniors (both boys and girls). Phil Corke generously donated the first prize of a Ryan Giggs shirt signed by Ryan and Sir Alex Ferguson. Other prizes included a Ping tour bag courtesy of Morgan Darnell and a one hour video golf lesson from Rob Chaney. In the event the first prize was won by the County Captain who immediately auctioned the Ryan Giggs Shirt which was generously and successfully bid for by Colin Chatwin. Over £1,300 was raised for the TIP programme and Junior coaching.
The formalities were lead by Norman Forrest, President of the English Golf Union, a witty and accomplished speaker. County President, David Oliver expertly summarised the highlights of Bedfordshire golf this year and set out the future plans and aspirations. The evening was rounded off in style by the brilliantly funny comedian, Russ Williams.
A great night, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone in attendance.
South Beds win 2009 Leagues
Norman Forrest President of English Golf Union