Staffordshire Union of Golf Clubs

Centenary Dinner

The President of the Staffordshire Union of Golf Clubs, Andrew Dathan, hosted the Centenary Dinner of the founding of the County Union. 

Among the 160 attendees were representatives of the eight founding golf clubs: Oxley Park, The South Staffordshire, Sandwell Park, Dartmouth, Handsworth, Penn, Walsall and Little Aston. Also present among the guests was the English Golf Union President, Christine Pascall, Presidents of Leicestershire and Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire Golf Unions. The President  and Chairman of the Midland Golf Union were also present.

Well over 50% of the affiliated golf clubs were represented at the dinner, a fine turnout indeed. 

The President presented the Staffordshire Amateur Championship trophies to the winners. The James Beattie Salver to Zarak Curley (Leek Golf Club) and the Legge Cup to Oliver Perks (Beau Desert Golf Club) along with Scarf Shield to Bloxwich Golf Club. Michael Entecott was presented with the Len Turner Trophy for services to Staffordshire golf.

After the speeches the guests were entertained by Clive Agran, author of 'Two Ruddy Ducks and a Partridge on a Par Three. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the Staffordshire Secretary, Gareth Shaw.

The County would like to thank the Chase Golf Club for their hospitality and special thanks go to the President and his wife Pippa, along with Gareth Shaw for organising a splendid evening.

The dinner brought the last of the Centenary events to its conclusion. Nearly six years of planning has gone into the celebrations, starting with the publication of the County Centenary Book, expertly authored by Pippa Dathan, Commemorative plates, ball markers and pin badges. A new County competition, the Centenary Bowl, a match and dinner against our old rivals Warwickshire and finally the Centenary Dinner.

Our thanks go to Joanne Marks and her family for donating the Centenary Bowl which was presented to the late Geoff Marks OBE, in recognition of his captaincy of the Walker Cup Team at Peachtree in 1989, the first time that GB & I had won on American soil.



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