Bakers in Good Form at Inter Livery Golf

On Thursday 18th May the Bakers took part in the annual Inter Livery Golf Tournament for the Prince Arthur Cup, which this year celebrated its 90th birthday.  
Representing the Company were Assistant William Marle (Captain) and Liveryman Simon Brown in one foursomes pairing, and Past Master David Bentley and Liverymen Keith Houliston in the other - handicaps 8, 16, 14 and 13 respectively.  

The competition was over the Old and New Courses of Walton Heath in Surrey, with each team playing one round on each course. Among many events, Walton Heath has hosted the Ryder Cup between Europe and the US and, annually at present, the European Qualifying Round for the US Open.  

The Bakers teams were first off at 7.45, paired with the Feltmakers and the International Bankers. Despite the early hour, Past Master John Renshaw, a member at Walton Heath, was on the tee to present each member of the Bakers team with a Walton Heath golf ball and see them off. Many thanks John, we didn’t lose any.

The result : The Bakers came a creditable 11th out of 48 Companies, eight shots behind the winners, the Merchant Taylors.

Congratulations to William and Simon for picking up the prize for the best morning round on the New Course, which was also the best round of the day for any team on either course.

About the Prince Arthur Cup

To commemorate the admission of Prince Arthur of Connaught to the Coachmakers company, Arthur Hungerford Pollen, who was Master Coachmaker in 1927, presented the enormous silver-gilt Prince Arthur Cup to the Coachmakers’ Company, to be competed for annually by the Livery Companies of the City of London.

Companies are represented by two pairs playing a morning and an afternoon round of golf with lunch intervening. The first competition took place at Walton Heath in 1927 and thereafter the competition was held at a number of locations. However, in recent years it has been played, as in the beginning, back at Walton Heath.

The competition is one of the City Liveries’ most prestigious and fiercely contested annual sporting events. The Bakers have won three times.

  In the money - Simon Brown and William Marle