The Annual Tournament 2018 was held at Royal St George’s, Sandwich, from 39th May to 2nd June.
Roll of Honour
Winner: HH Richard Hayward beat HHJ Jonathan Furness (3/2)
Winners: HHJ Phillip Matthews and Glen Holmwood (35)
Runners up: Patrick McMorrow and HHJ Mark Savill (34)
Winners: Jeff Lamb and Mike Fullerton (33)
Runners up: HH Nick Coleman and Jeff Widdup
Winners: HHJ Mark Savill and HH Simon Coltart (35)
Runners up: HHJ Roger Hetherington and Caroline Hartley (34)
Winners: Elliot Kay and Glen Holmwood (31)
Runners Up: Jeff Lamb and Glen Holmwood (30)
Winners: HH Graham Hulme Jones and Donna Robertson (25).
Winner: Guy Williams
The Captain’s Report of the Final of the Tournament:
The final of the Bar Golfing Society annual tournament 2018 was played on a sunny Saturday afternoon on the magnificent links at Royal St. George’s.
The worthy contenders were the President of our Society, His Honour Richard Hayward, and His Honour Judge Jonathan Furness QC who did energetic battle in near perfect conditions to the lyrical accompaniment of the local skylarks.
Over the opening few holes the lead changed hands a number of times but Hayward was the less wayward and came to the 9th tee 3 -up.
I shall spare you, gentle reader, a detailed description of the horrors that afflicted both players on the 9th but suffice it to sat that they both (eventually) ended up on the green in five. Furness sank a superb putt from around 20 feet away on the trickiest of greens to win the hole with a 6.
The 10th was halved after a good recovery from the rough by Furness who proceeded to win the next hole and so the President’s lead was cut to one-up. The 12th was halved.
Savonarolos amongst the crowd of observers began to speculate that the President was tiring but after a scrappy half at the 13th he rallied and won the 14th and, despite giving a shot, halved the difficult 15th to go 2 -up with three to play.
On the 16th he struck a masterly tee shot into the heart of the green. His opponent found the rough but hit a good second shot onto the green. After a nervy first putt, the President’s experience showed as he holed a testing 2- footer for a winning 3 to secure the title in what I understand to be his fifth final.
The match was, of course, played in a fine spirit and Jonathan Furness proved to be a worthy finalist for the second time. He consoled himself with the thought that next year’s Tournament will be on his home turf in the Land of Song.
As well as being an inspirational victory for the baby-boomer generation it is thought to be (corrections invited from Nigel Hague) the first time the President of our Society has won the Tournament during his term of office.
It was certainly a delight to see him characteristically wreathed in smiles at the presentation.
It was indeed “ the Glum wot won it” and represented a fitting conclusion to a wonderful week which was so skilfully organised by our esteemed Secretary and much enjoyed by all who attended.