Plumbers’ Golf Society – Return to Walton Heath
Our Plumbers’ Golf Society team had a grand day out on Friday 20 August at the superb Walton Heath Golf Club. The occasion was the welcome return of the premier Inter-Livery Golf event of the season – The Prince Arthur Cup.
The Prince Arthur Cup
It is the largest one day, two course, amateur tournament in the UK and was first held in 1927 at Walton Heath Golf Club.
That was the year in which Prince Arthur of Connaught (grandson of Queen Victoria) was invited to become a guest of the Coachmakers’ Livery Company and then went on to accept the Freedom and Livery of the Company later that year.
His admission to the Coachmakers was a great honour and to commemorate the event, the Master presented the Coachmakers’ Company with the Prince Arthur Cup – an impressive silver gilt trophy that would be competed for annually by the Livery Companies of London in a foursomes’ golf tournament.
A solid morning round on the fabulous Herbert Fowler designed Old Course for both pairs – David Hannam/Paul Blows (-4) and Tony Peters/Richard Harvey (-3), saw us in the Top 20 after the opening 18 holes.
We then enjoyed a sumptuous 4 course carvery luncheon before the afternoon 18 holes on the testing New Course. A fun afternoon but late on tiredness kicked in and both pairs finished overall on -11 holes down v The Course for a team total of -22 for the day.
The afternoon tea, sandwiches and cakes quickly revived us as we enjoyed relaxing on the covered terrace with our playing partners from The Glaziers.
A grand day out in good fellowship, and our good play ensured we were comfortably in the Top 40 to qualify for next year! Well done Team!