Tuesday, 3 July 2012

A Day at Verulam


I knew that the Marketors "Ryder Cup" Livery Fellowship Golf Day was big, but did not realise just how big. Over 100 players from 17 Livery Companies plus the CIM, 151 Regiment and various commercial organisations descended on the Verulam golf course in St Albans to partake of 18 holes plus a putting competition. This was preceded by bacon rolls in the morning and followed by a four course dinner at the end. Needless to say we joined them for the latter. The threat of rain held off until the end of the afternoon catching some players but it in no way spoiled the camaraderie and fellowship of the day.

Not being personally involved in golf it was interesting to learn that the history of the club includes the fact that Sam Ryder, he of The Cup, was Captain of Verilum, and that the course, which was opened in 1905, was designed by the great James Braid. My only history in golf is that I attended the 2001 Ryder Cup at the Belfry which, of course, actually took place in 2002. Standing where Tiger Woods stood and looking down the fairway both inspired me and made me realise it was not for me. However, I have great admiration for those who, in all weathers, pursue their sporting goals.

My role for the day was to help hand out the prizes to those that had led the field in various ways. However the real prizes went to Junior Warden Michael Harrison for organising the event and leading it on the day, and to Liveryman Peter Short for his backroom work without which this would not have happened. Its success is reflected in the fact half the places have already gone for next years event.

John Flynn
Master Marketor

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