Andy Sullivan makes guest apperance at Midland PIGS.
PGA golfer and 2016 Ryder Cup Team member, Andy Sullivan, made a guest apperacnce at Startford-Upon-Avon event of the Pigs in June 17. Andy Sullivan, who has won titles across the globe in a stellar amateur career, including in Argentina, Australia and at the Scottish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship, was welcomed to the club by Midlands Section Captain Steve Hancox.
National Competition Event - Woodhall Spa, Sept 2016
The PIGS annual get together and competition event was this year held at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire and attended by society members from all four sections. The event was hosted by the London section and our particular thanks go to Graham Pennington the London secretary for organising what turned out to be a very successful and enjoyable occasion.
The three day event playing the Hotchkin course on each occasion commenced on Tuesday afternoon playing social golf and a chance to catch up with old friends. The “Beetle” trophy semifinal was also played for with all four regional finalists competing. Rob Hawthorne (Midlands) and Chris Denza (London) going through to the final. Dinner on the evening with a glass of wine or two provided further opportunity for social merriment.
Wednesday play commenced with Beetle finalists Rob and Chris leading the field and followed by a mix of players from all sections determined to overcome the many incredibly deep bunkers, impossibly thick Heather and unforgiving but immaculate greens, all competing for the Cyril Last trophy and the Monsanto team event. Congratulations go to Philip Bell, Captain of the London section for winning both the Cyril Last trophy and marshalling his troops for their impressive Monsanto Trophy team win. Rob Hawthorne despite fierce competition from Chris Denza went on to win the much coveted “Beetle Trophy” which was initially played for and presented in 1935.
The day’s play was followed by a Gala Dinner and formal handing over of the “Chain of Office by Philip Marchant (London) outgoing President to Mike Field (North West) who began his term as President awarding trophies and prizes won on the day. It goes without saying, many “if only” and hard luck tales were shared over after dinner drinks!
Thursday’s FBBB competing for the Invoco Challenge Trophy commenced quite early. There were of course just a few players in recovery mode from the previous evening but, without exception, all sections were up for the challenge. The same bunkers, the same heather and the same greens were eagerly anticipated by all!
Talent will elevate to the fore of course and Arthur Ramsay (Yorkshire) with his partner David Connolly (London) put in a sound performance to win the trophy.
Lunch and prize giving followed and then sadly that was it! Having been subjected to a full range of experiences over the past few days, frustration, elation, embarrassment, satisfaction, sated, deflated, all it seems comes with the package! It was all over, until next year that is.
Len Strong, Midlands & National Secretary. PIGS.