While not everyone felt comfortable joining upstairs for lunch, there were still almost 100 of us who took our seats. Aside from lady Members, we were joined by Nikki Rossner and Andy Smith from my chosen charity, Regenerate, as well as by their chairwoman Lisa Jones who is also a Roehampton Club Member. From the Club, we had Louis Laville, Tristan McIllroy, Ricky Pharo and Peter Bradburn, as well as Men’s Captain Paul Taylor.
The raffle table was well stocked with gift donated by members, as well as a large selection of items which Roehampton Club CEO, Marc Newey kindly brought back from this summer’s Curtis Cup, where our own Annabell Fuller represented GB&I. Finally, Nikki and Lisa from Regenerate, as well as Inga Kempton who is also involved with the charity, sourced some amazing prizes from local shops. Thank you to everyone, as in all, the sale of tickets raised over £1,000 for Regenerate.
The fundraising drive continued on Saturday, when a full field of men and women played in a fun, if testing, format where teams of four had to record their three best scores on the par 4s and 5s, and all four scores on the par 3s. Afterwards, everyone reconvened on the terrace for drinks and prize giving, with many of us staying on to socialize late into the afternoon. An absolutely amazing sum of over £2,000 was raised for Regenerate, so once again a huge thank you to all the very generous members who participated. We also held the draw for the Carnoustie Flag signed by Annabell after her debut at The Open. Lynda Dawson was the lucky winner! The prizes for golf went to:
Winners: Scott Bannerman, Craig Wallace, Mark Gradwell and Shaun Erasmus – 142 Points
Runners-Up: Katy Preston, Sian Bayliss, George Palmer and Craig de Silva – 137 Points – Countback
Third Place: Suresh Vara, Kenneth Ukoko, Tim Frosdick and Prachaya Jumpasut – 137 Points
The Derry Cup team played their final group stage match at Walton Heath last Sunday. It was all to play for, as the victorious team would be crowned winner of the group. I am so pleased to report that the star players Hyun-Ji Kim, Jo Thesiger and Lorna Robey brought the win home for Roehampton and the squad will progress to the knockout stage early next year.
This past Monday, Ricky, Tristan and Louis organised a Christmas get together for a group of New Lady Golfers. The ladies participated in a fun short game clinic, where the boys were assisted by Caroline Dewar, Therese Swanson, and myself. Afterwards, we all went upstairs for a mince pie and glass of bubbly. It was a great opportunity for the new ladies to have a little practice as well as meet other players of a similar ability. We all look forward to watching them progress and soon join us on Tuesdays when they earn their handicaps!