Under clear skies and extremely warm sunshine the Ormskirk and District Group annual golf competition got under way at Mossock Hall Golf Club Bickerstaffe with 26 contestants taking part.
Two individual competitions were run on the day, one for non-Masons and one for Masons, and very competitive they both were. The par 3’s and longest drive competitions were very well contested with some excellent shots.
Following the disastrous torrential rain of last year’s competition the weather on this occasion was absolutely brilliant. Unfortunately the heat took its toll on some of the players especially on the back nine with many players rushing to the bar for a refreshing drink or two on their return to the club house.
After an excellent evening meal consisting of roast beef and all the trimmings followed by bread and butter pudding, tea and coffee a Dutch auction raised £50 for the group charities. Frank Umbers Chairman of the Ormskirk and District Group then thanked everyone for taking part and supporting the group in this annual event, he said there were many familiar faces, but it was good to see many more new players taking part, and commented that he was pleased to see that the numbers have risen every year. He also took the opportunity to thank the staff at Mossock Hall for their hospitality on the day, and the catering staff for the excellent food which was enjoyed by everyone.
Frank then had the pleasure of presenting the winners with their prizes: The Par 3 194 yard 2nd hole was won by Karl Jennings, Par 3 150 yard 6th hole was won by Tony Doyle. Par 3 138 yard 11th hole was won by Neil Turner, all of whom are non-Masons and the Par 3 182 yard 14th hole was won by Karl Vella of Lathom Abbey Lodge No 6286.
Frank went on to present Paul Hindley (non-Mason), with the award for the longest drive which was taken on the 399 yard 17th hole.
The winner of the non-Masonic competition, with a fantastic score of 41points was Neil Turner, playing off an 11 handicap. The winner of the Masonic competition, for the second year in a row, was Malcolm Sandywell, WM of Stanley of Bickerstaffe Lodge No 3511, who came in with 39 points. (If he wins it next year, does he get to keep the trophy?).
Special thanks also went to Malcolm for stepping in at very short notice and taking charge of the organisation on the day.
The evening was rounded off in the bar with many tall stories of daring do which got more exaggerated as the drink flowed.