Prizegiving for the 2016 season was held on Friday 27 January. 70 years separated the oldest and youngest winners!
The annual celebration for the club's prizewinners took place on Friday 27 January with a full house. Club captain Walter Witts undertook one of his last duties before he hands over the reins at the AGM in February and presented the Gents and Juniors prizes, the 2016 Ladies captain, Margaret Donald presented the Ladies and Mixed pairs prizes. Club Secretary Geoff Morgan, undertaking his final event before retirement next month, was the ringmaster.
The proceedings teed-off with the announcement of the Junior Captain for 2017; Ben Daymond. Ben also collected one of the main prizes for 2016 later in the evening, the club's coveted White Horse trophy. The final trophy awarded was for the Club Champion, Dave Wilkin, who spoke on behalf of the winners to wrap-up the event. But the most poignant scene of the night was the youngest and oldest winners being photographed together; Max Lines, legend, former high-jumper, past Captain and past President won the Saunders Plate at the age of 80 years young whilst John Bennett, age 10, picked up the 'Most Improved Cadet' award. Rumour has it that John wasn't even born when Max last bought a sleeve of golf balls.
Photographs of the presentations are on the Flickr website here. If anyone has trouble accessing the images or wants the original (uncropped) photo files please get in touch with Roger Antolik through the club.
Photo: Let's hope John hasn't got to wait 70 years till he picks up his next trophy; Max and John with their prizes.