Although the last few teams got a little wet, for the most part the Society had one of the few fine days of this summer for its annual Golf Day held on Tuesday 16th July at Frilford Heath GC. A total of 12 four-ball teams took part, the biggest turnout in the three years of the event and we would like to thank all the participants for their support. The winners, with a score clearly in front of all other teams were called 4 Nations, captained by Welshman David Parry, with Midas Products the runners up. The golf was followed by a dinner when we were privileged to have Derek Quinnel, Welsh international and British Lions rugby player of the 70’s era as our guest speaker. He gave a wonderfully entertaining speech littered with anecdotes of his playing days and his fellow players. A highlight of the evening was the surprise appearance of three London Welsh players together with the Championship Trophy won at the climax of last season to give them entry into the Rugby Premiership when they will play at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford. The photo attached shows Johnny Mills, Captain, players Gordon Ross and Paul Mackey with John and Colin, and Derek Quinnel [far left] and Kelvin Bryon [far right] immediate past Chairman of London Welsh and a Society member.. Finally the evening was rounded off with an auction, conducted by Steve Styles, of a London Welsh shirt. This was won by Welshman David Carr captain of the Midas Products team- who then very generously donated the shirt to the Grove Rugby Club, who also had competed during the day as The Taffia. During the evening a raffle was held which raised the tremendous sum of ££794 for Maggies Cancer Support, our chosen charity for this year. This included the £260 raised by the auction.
Special thanks goes to Frilford Heath GC for their hospitality and Kelvin Bryon for sponsoring the attendance of Derek Quinnel and the London Welsh players.
We hope that even more golfers and non golfers will join us next year, in what has become a most successful and enjoyable event.
Colin Edwards and John Prout