Taylor takes top prize at Woodford x
PUBLISHED: 14:30 17 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:30 17 November 2016
Teenager is youngest club champion in 126 years
Louis Taylor was crowned the youngest club champion in Woodford’s 126-year history and received his prize from outgoing captain Stephen Briggs, in his last official outing before handing over to 2017 skipper Paul Evans.
The 17-year-old Taylor, who plays off a handicap of 12, was introduced to golf by father Adam, who also plays off 12, and has had lessons from club pro Kenny Banks to sharpen up his game.
A pupil at the City of London school, Taylor took up golf aged 12 and also captured the Mead Challenge Cup this year, but the Captain’s Charity event was won by Mark Bonham, who had the benefit of going out in the brighter afternoon conditions as morning golfers were left soaked by the non-stop rain, with several giving up after nine holes.
Major trophies were also handed out on the night, including the Order of Merit to Mike Everitt, the Eclectic to John Beecroft and the LG Jeffery Trophy to Mark Rowley and Les Curtis, who beat Mitchell O’Brien and Darren Crew.
The Winter Foursomes was won by Mark Deeming and Stephen Bland, ahead of Adam and Louis Taylor, while Rob Ellis took the Peace Challenge Cup and Kevin Williamson claimed the Jeffery Prize.
Paul Evans and Simon Ironside combined for the Minns Trophy, as Stephen Pardoe collected the Barber Challenge Cup and Ironside took home the Thomas Salver.
Alan Pickett picked up the Centenary Salver, with Deeming taking the Scratch Prize, as Mitchell O’Brien and Michael Cutter collected the Foursomes Cup.
Beecroft bagged the Thompson Bowl, while Deeming and Pickett collected the Stephenson Trophy ahead of Zekia Alsanjak and Adam Taylor and Ben Cooney won both the 36-hole Challenge Cup and best half round.
The Coronation Vase went home with Michael Cutter, as Paul Evans took the Vice President’s Trophy and Briggs collected the Roberts Challenge CUp ahead of MIke Smith.
Nick Rowe handed the President’s Cup to Beecroft, with Williamson finishing as runner-up.
Club pro Banks also ran competitions for members and handed over the Winter Championship to Beecroft, the 36-hole Trophy to John Mansfield and the Winter Bucket Trophy to Michael Jones.
Briggs also handed out awards to monthly medal winners Mike Smith, Michael Cutter (November), Nick Rowe, Briggs (December), Paul Morley, Stephen Pardoe (January); Mike Everitt, Brian Meggs (February), Mitchell O’Brien, Andy Mayer (March), Aiden Steed, Mayer (April), Everitt, Mayer (May), Everitt, Roger Newman (June), Steed, Meggs (July), Smith, David Rowell (August), Mark Deeming, John Beecroft (September), Simon Ironside, Chris Phillips (October) and John Beecroft, Graham Madanhire (November).
n Pauline Hillman hit a cracking 141-yard drive to launch her year as women’s captain of Woodford, watched by a bevy of fellow members.
Hillman previously filled the captain’s role in 2009 and her efforts meant Jackie Shafier claimed the sweep prize for forecasting the correct distance.
Janet Beck won the nine-hole stableford event with 13 points, as Anne Gibbons finished second with 10.
The club’s AGM saw captain Anna Maris Beecroft formally hand over the reins to Hillman, with Maureen Hamilton (handicap & competition secretary), Anne Gibbons (treasurer), Jackie Shafier (secretary), Barbara Fitzpatrick, Cynthia Blackburn and Christina Spencer (committee) all elected.
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