West Hill Golf Club again provided the venue for the Paviors’ Golfing Society’s Early Autumn Golf Meeting. The event was attended at this popular location by 19 keen golfers, who were treated to a day of glorious sunshine which typified this year’s long hot summer. The course, as always, tested the best: its large swathes of heather seemed to attract the ball, despite an individual’s ability; the undulating fairways and greens, and the occasional discreetly-hidden deep ditch across the fairway, proved a difficult challenge. Despite this, there were some very competitive scores recorded by the members. The winner on the day and the recipient of the Past Captain’s Salva was Peter King: well done Peter!
The annual match against the Royal Marines’ Band took place again at Camberley Heath Golf Club. This year, the event was reduced to eight-a-side, playing in pairs. The competition as usual was a very challenging affair, with the pairings being very closely matched. At the end of the day, the Paviors’ team won by 3.5 to 0.5, and therefore regained the trophy that they lost last year. During private dining after the event, prizes were given to each of the winning pairs, or individuals, and a cheque for £700 was handed over for the Royal Navy and Marines’ Charity: the donation being collected by good housekeeping and generous donations. The Paviors look forward to retaining the trophy next year.
The last event of the Society’s 2018 golfing calendar was again held at the picturesque Tandridge Golf Club. A total of 25 players attended the event, with the Paviors playing for the Autumn Trophy. Despite the chilly start, the day turned out bright, sunny and warm for the end of October. Recent improvements have been made to the course in terms of its visual aspects and to make it more player-friendly, with the removal of dense undergrowth. These have definitely worked, as the course was in excellent condition. After the enjoyment of their round of golf, participants could not wait for the usual high-standard three-course Tandridge lunch – and they were not disappointed. The winner of the Autumn Trophy, with a clear margin, was Paul Merritt, who was playing his first event of the year after a successful knee operation: clearly a handicap-review is in order for next year!