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Scots Golfers, your calendar may already show Friday 23rd November for the home rugby match v. Ealing Trailfinders at 19:45pm. How about some golf beforehand?

Scots Golfers, your calendar may already show Friday 23rd November for the home rugby match v. Ealing Trailfinders at 19:45pm. How about some golf beforehand?

Royal Mid-Surrey GC  have reserved the 1st Tee on their J H Taylor course for us from 12:00noon. We play 18 holes nett stableford for the Sir John Hay Cigarette Box and the Players’ Tankard. Guests are welcome but they may not win the silverware – it’s solid.

The Green Fee is £45.  (Members of Royal Mid-Surrey GC pay no green fee.)

Meet  in the lounge beforehand and order lunch if you wish. No food is arranged afterwards as several players are going to the pre-rugby dinner at the Richmond Athletic Ground.  A table for 10 is already full.  Let me know if you want to make up a second table – we have been known to take 3 tables!

(Scroll down for reports of Summer Meeting and match v Harlequins RFC.)

“Have you seen the forecast?”  Joe Flaherty.  “We’re all going to die!”  Bill Foster.  Just two of the encouraging messages received by Golf Convener Lance on 27th July as he arrived for LSFC’s annual Summer Golf Tournament at London Scottish Golf Club..

Treasures as they are, Lance was less concerned with Joe and Bill than with what, Director of Rugby, Dave Morris would say if 4 squad players and the Head of Medical Services were all wiped out in one afternoon during the off season.

The solution?  Cancel the tournament?


No.  Split the players between the groups so Dave would lose only one staff member if lightning struck that afternoon.

And, so it was.

As skies darkened and lighting bolts streaked towards Wimbledon Common, Miles Mantella, Bill Foster and Lance Quantrill sensibly suspended play (from Jan 2019 see Rule 5.7a R&A Rules of Golf) during one torrential downpour and took cover by the 7th Tee.

No so the intrepid group behind.  Led by Richard Palframan, Al McHarg and John Fraser serenely putted out on the 6th Green and played through. 

“What a shower,” muttered Al to front row swamp monsters Richard and John.  (Leaving Miles, Bill and Lance wondering if he was talking about the weather or about their group.)  Either way, all happily smashed their drives straight down the 7th Fairway and happily splashed their way after them.

Thankfully, the lightning followed them; and, other groups emerged to recommence play.

Except for one.

Having travelled all the way up from Devon, Roddy Grant (handicap 18) convinced Joe Flaherty (handicap 19) that it would be much nicer to chat up Karen O’Brien (handicap 12 and Head of Medical Services) in the bar than on the course and the three duly repaired to the clubhouse.

Meanwhile, dreadful traffic conditions had confounded Jimmy Lindsay and left his rugby/golf partner and, until then, great friend, Brian Watt teeing it up in a 2-ball with Paddy Milton.

This resulted in a remarkable, quasi matchplay battle as, disregarding the atrocious weather and a partially flooded course, Paddy and Brian both knocked it round in 2 under Nett.

And, they were the winning scores.  Resulting in Brian taking, on count back, the Balfour Quaich and Over-50’s (hard to believe “Peter Pan” Watt is over 50 – but, it’s true, I checked with Somerset House) Salver with Paddy picking up the Players’ Tankard.  Or, he would have done if the previous winner had been contactable or returned it.  Under the latest Data Protection legislation we are forbidden from stating the name of the previous winner.  (On an unrelated point, if anyone has a working email or phone number for Gareth Evans then please share them with Lance.  Alternatively, please pass on this message.  “Come in Gareth.  We just want to talk.”)

Yet it wasn’t only a handful of fresh air that Paddy took home to Putney.  He also talked the ever-helpful Club Steward, Grant, into wrapping the sandwiches which Karen, Roddy, Joe had not stayed to eat and took them home (sandwiches not golfers) as he was on lunch rota for his flatmate cousins the following Saturday.  “Delicious. Wonderful. Edible. Best lunch you’ve ever made. No food poisoning this time.  You won what?” rang around SW15 for the whole weekend.

MATCH REPORT – LSFC v. HARLEQUINS – 27th September 2018

Thanks for getting here.  Let’s make it brief.

We were thrashed by 4 matches to nil.  Great event.  Who cares about the result anyway.


Yours Aye

Lance Quantrill – LSFC Golf Convener

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