Duncan Brown Honourary Secretary of the Baltic Exchange Golf Society reports on the Gold Cup:
The final of the Baltic Exchange Golfing Society Gold Cup was played last weekend at the neutral venue of Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire, quite an appropriate site considering they filmed some scenes from Goldfinger there. The Cup is the annual knock-out singles tournament where the winner of the North section takes on the winner of the South section over two rounds. Instead of Oddjob and his bowler, we had the equally recognisable Andy Powell in his customary flat cap naturally representing the North, taking on the sophisticated and suave Anthony Grenfell from the South.
After nine holes Anthony had eked out a slender lead of two up, which Andy then skilfully pegged back using his legendary “power fade” off the tee to great effect and after rattling off numerous pars he swing the match in his favour to be five up after 17 holes but then lost the 18th to go to the bar at four up. After a swift lunch supported by some ale & wine, followed by a fag or two, the match moved into the final round. It was nip & tuck over the next nine holes and by the time they reached the 15th tee the match was all square and poised for a cracking final few holes. Despite Andy’s nicotine supplies running low, his deft short game skills enabled him to win the 15th & 16th and with two holes to play he prevailed on the 17th to win the match 3&1 and thereby joins the elite list of being a repeat winner of the Gold Cup.
Congratulations to Andy, who as far as we are aware is also the oldest BEGS member to win the Cup. Well done to Anthony Grenfell for making the final a well fought match and finally thanks to Neil Harper who marshals the Gold Cup every year with little acknowledgment.
The next important date for your diary is the Annual Golf Dinner @ the HAC in Moorgate on Thursday 8 March 2018, so start planning your tables and get your invites out to your clients & friends.