This annual fixture gathering Presidents and Secretaries from golf clubs across Canterbury was held yesterday at Russley Golf Club in cool but fine conditions. Joining club representatives were Canterbury Golf Life Members and volunteer management associated with Canterbury Golf.
19 Presidents competed for the G.W.A Green Presidents Trophy, and 10 Secretaries for the G.W.A Green Salver. Neil Robertson (pictured with Life Member Geoff d'Auvergne), President of the Canterbury Eagles Society, won the President Trophy with 37 points shooting a fine 76 in the process. Bruce Yates (Amberley President) was runner-up on 36 points.
Jan Rushton, Weedons Secretary won the Secretaries Salver with 40 points. She was closely followed by Kevin Gwatkin (Ellesmere) on 38 points.
In the Team Stableford competition, the team of Richard Hudson, Jim Woods, Warren Houghton and Jan Rushton prevailed with 121 points. In second place were Allister Cotter, Ron Kennedy, Russell Chapman, and Kevin Gwatkin on a count-back from the team of Nicky Muir, Simon Williamson, Ross Pamment, and Jan Latham.
Jan Rushton won the nearest the pin for the ladies on No. 13, and David Wise (Russley) the mens on No. 9.
Notably Sir Bob Charles again shot well under his age with a fine one under par 71.
75th Anniversary of Canterbury Golf
Canterbury Golf as we know it today was first formed in 1941 as the Christchurch Metropolitan Golf Association. To commemorated the 75th anniversary Sir Bob Charles presented a plaque to current Canterbury Golf President Peter MacDonald. This will be displayed in the Canterbury Golf office entrance. Guests were also treated to anecdotes from the history of Canterbury Golf, firstly from Women's Association stalwart Sue McFarlane, and then local journalism legend for The Press - Bob Schumacher.