A wide selection of photos from the Club Championship event can be viewed and downloaded at: https://goo.gl/DQb2Vz
The Farmers Club Golf Society is thriving, with matches played across the UK, as Golf Captain Mike Broomby explains.
Numerous events are available from April to October for Farmers Club Members who are golfers. Currently around 80 Members of the Farmers Club have registered an interest, but we are always pleased to welcome new golfers.
Our first match of 2017 was held at the New Zealand Club in Surrey against the East India Club. The format for this event is two rounds of foursomes and I’m pleased to say we achieved an emphatic win, which had not happened since 2011. However, having received the Young’s Trophy, it became apparent that we have now each won 11 times over the 22 years this match has been played.
This was followed by matches against the NFU at the Crookham and Newberry course where we recorded a win and then against the British Veterinary Association at the Worcester Golf and Country club where the match was halved.
The events then moved to Scotland where we play an afternoon match against the Edinburgh New Club at Luffness in East Lothian, where again we enjoyed success. However, our successful start to the season was brought to an abrupt halt the following day by the Farmer Members of the Honourable company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield.
Royal St Georges at Sandwich on the Kent coast was our next venue where we played the XL’s Club, unfortunately without success. This again is a match which has been played for many years. The venue is very special and we assemble on the Sunday night for a Black tie dinner before two rounds of golf the following day.
There are two further matches later in the year, and in addition we enter a team of four to compete for the Bath Cup at Woking Golf club, where 20 London Clubs enter the competition.
All Farmer’s Club members and guests are invited to play in the Club Championship event, which was held on 5th July at Blackwell Golf Club near Bromsgrove in Worcestershire. This is a very fine golf course and this year 40 golfers participated under blue skies, Jeremy Coleclough winning The Farmers Club Putter (37 points), Sally Dare the Eric Wilson Trophy for ladies (29 points), Michael Turnbull the John Roberts Cup for men over 70 (32 points) and Tony Marchland the guest prize (36 points) (pictured).
The final event of our year, again for all Members and guests, is our Autumn meeting which traditionally is played over two days at venues chosen by the Captain. This year we will be playing at Sevenoaks in Kent, at Knole Park Golf Club on Thursday 28th September and Wildernesse the following day. The Autumn event has normally proved very popular with Members and guests and we look forward to a good turnout again this year.
As will be appreciated these golf matches and other days have to be planned in advance and each event properly organised. This very full administrative task is handled by Martin Shaw, who is one of the golfing members. Without Martin’s dedication to this task Farmers Club golf would not exist and the Captain’s role would become impossible. So we thank you Martin for the wonderful work you do for us.
This is the second year of my Captaincy and I would like to record my thanks to all the members who have given me so much support and made the task so enjoyable. Finally I’m delighted to be able to announce that my successor next year will be David Reading and I wish him well for his two years in office.