This famous inter Livery golf trophy was first played for in 1927 at Walton Heath to celebrate the Freedom and Livery of Prince Arthur of Connaught admission to the Coachmakers. As time went on more Companies participated and the event was held at a number of different golf clubs before St George’s Hill became the venue from 1930 to 1958 and Wentworth from 1960 to1978. The event was returned to Walton Heath in 1979 and has been held there ever since.
Up to 54 Companies can compete every year in one of golf’s most challenging formats – Companies enter teams of 4 players, playing in pairs on a foursomes format with half their combined handicap, playing against the course, i.e. each hole can only be won, drawn or lost. This is played over 36 holes usually in mid May.
The Lightmongers have competed in this competition for over 20 years and this year, 2017, was the most successful yet. Under the captaincy of Neil Gates, James Hill, Simon Hobbs and John Otten achieved 3rd place out of 48 Livery teams, with the combined score of -6, i.e. only 6 holes lost over 36 holes.
This was only achieved because of the fantastic result of James Hill and Simon Hobbs achieving the overall winning score of +5 holes against the course over the 36 holes. This was the best score out of the 96 pairs of Livery golfers playing this challenging format but in difficult conditions as it rained continually for the whole the second round.
Congratulations to both James and Simon shown here, collecting their prizes.