Bakers cook up golfing victory for one Fueller, two Framework Knitters and a Clockmaker

The 2017 Brigantes Golf Day for City of London Liverymen, held over the Championship links of Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire, was organised by Past Master Baker David Bentley and Liveryman Baker Graham Mason, both Ganton members.

The competition, on Tuesday 25 April, attracted Liverymen from Clubs as far afield as the Scottish Highlands in the north and the Kent coast in the south. Several will be teeing up for their Companies in the annual Inter-Livery Golf Tournament for the Prince Arthur Cup at Walton Heath in Surrey on Thursday 18 May, alongside the Bakers own team captained by Assistant William Marle.

Ganton is one of the world’s top 100 golf courses. It is one of only three in Britain with the distinction of hosting the Ryder Cup, the Curtis Cup and the Walker Cup, and was the venue for last year’s English Men’s Amateur Championship.

A highly convivial Brigantes dinner at the Club on the Monday evening was either very good or very bad preparation for the following day’s competition.

Ganton’s acres of gorse were in blazing yellow bloom (view here from the tee of the 235yd short 17th). Cavernously deep bunkers awaited wayward shots (with wooden steps thoughtfully placed to assist the golfer’s own escape, irrespective of the fate of the ball). And on Tuesday the greens were lightning fast (12 on the stimpmeter) and the brisk wind off the North Sea was best described as ‘a touch sporty’.

In keeping with the spirit of the occasion, the teams of Livery ladies and gentlemen, with three Ganton members to provide additional local knowledge, were evenly balanced across low, medium and high handicaps.

Emerging triumphant by a narrow margin was the team of Dennis Woods (Past Master Fueller), George Turner (Past Master Framework Knitter), Ian Latham (Liveryman Clockmaker) and Richard Broun (Ganton member), each receiving an engraved Brigantes whisky tumbler for their troubles.

The Ladies’ individual prize of an engraved Brigantes wine goblet went to Hon Liz Green (Immediate Past Master Framework Knitter). Special mention must be made of Kenny Fraser (Liveryman Glass Seller; 4 handicap) who covered the front nine in a highly creditable one over par gross.

The Brigantians were delighted to welcome the Captain of Ganton Golf Club, Stephen Larard, to the Tuesday evening dinner and prize giving, and to thank the Club and its staff for their outstanding hospitality. More photographs are in the attached gallery.

By popular request, plans for another Brigantes Golf Day at a Championship course are underway, this time probably west of the Pennines.

And the winners …. L to R : Dennis Woods (Past Master Fueller), George Turner (Past Master Framework Knitter), Ian Latham (Liveryman Clockmaker) and Richard Broun (Ganton member)

Hon Liz Green (Immediate Past Master Framework Knitter) won the Ladies’ Prize, here with Bakers and event organisers David Bentley and Graham Mason

The Brigantian golfers before dinner and prize-giving, with Stephen Larard, Captain of Ganton (centre front)