Lancaster and District Group golf competition

An enjoyable day was had by all, when golfers from the Lancaster and District Group took part in the local round of the West Lancashire Provincial Golfing Tournament at Knott End Golf Club. As well as a number of team and individual trophies to play for, there was also the opportunity for six qualifiers to represent the group in the West Lancashire Provincial Golf Final at Davyhulme Golf Club, Manchester.

Arthur Laycock gets down to the serious business of golf.

When the 20 players arrived at Knott End Golf Club, they found the course in perfect condition and especially the greens which were superb. In a keenly contested competition the outright winner was Gareth Jennings of Wyreside Lodge No 2605, second was Gordon Rae, Pilling Lodge No 7879 and third John Hayes, Torrisholme Lodge No 5245.

The Lancaster and District Group Trophy was won by Wyreside Lodge, while the WM of Wyresdide Lodge Matthew Crossley, won the ‘longest drive’ competition. The Morecambe and Heysham Trophy was won by Heysham Lodge No 4108 for the third year in succession. Bill Bamber of Pilling Lodge won the ‘nearest pin’ on the 8th hole and David Christopherson of St Michaels on Wyre Lodge No 8348, the ‘nearest pin’ on the 11th hole, in fact David was a bit carless as he left the ball six inches from the hole.

The six players going through to the West Lancashire final at Davyhulme Golf Club are Gareth Jennings, Gordon Rae, John Hayes, Dennis Eccles, David Gardner and Matthew Crossley.

Gareth Jennings (left) receives his winner’s trophy from Neil McGill.

The guest of honour at the event was the Lancaster Group Chairman Neil McGill, who attended the awards dinner held in the clubhouse dining room and later presented the trophies and prizes.

Neil thanked Bill Bamber, the group golf representative, for organising the event, who in turn thanked all the lodges and chapters for their charitable donations. Bill also acknowledged both the stalwart work undertaken over the past 11 years by his predecessor Arthur Laycock and the help given by his ‘right hand’ man Gordon Rae.

There were numerous prizes for the raffle, ranging from golf balls to wine and whisky. The raffle raised £120 which will be donated to charity.

Lancaster and District Group golfers enjoy a well-earned break.

Article written by Paul Thompson.

Photographs courtesy of Les Newlands.