Gorleston Remembers
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The original idea initiated from my days at Caister Golf Club who would hold an Armistice Day Competition every year and having been a member at Gorleston Golf Club for about 10 years thought it would be an idea to have a similar event at Gorleston to raise money for the Royal British Legion. However not being one for traditional formats of golf the Double Bubble Stableford points system was employed.

The first year, around 20 of an in club group of golfers, The BigBird Golf Society, got together on a Saturday morning and embarked on the first Armistice Trophy Day, playing for a £10 tacky shield which the winner would have to get engraved out of his winnings. The 1st competition involved the players drawing 3 golf balls from a hat which had the numbers of two holes whose total Stroke Index’s added up to 19, these were the holes you would double your stableford points on. The second year a few more entered, the format slightly changed whereas the holes you scored double points on depended on your handicap. A total sum of just £50 was raised with Club Captain Mark Everard matching it, so £100 in total. The third year it was moved to the Sunday, Armistice Day, as it had always remained a free date on the Club competition calendar and other members of the club enquired as to what I was collecting money for, to which it was explained the concept of an unofficial club Competition in aid of the Royal British Legion, again more people entered and more money raised.

The fourth year saw interest from many more golfers and I was asked by the Vice Captain Howard Thornton and Club President Gerry Eagling if the idea could be adopted by the club and made an Official Club competition for the following year, 2018 the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the answer was simple, yes please. This year also saw club member Jim Robinson design a trophy to commemorate the Armistice depicting soldiers from WW1, an excellent tribute. The official trophy in lantern style was made and 10 smaller replica’s for the future winners.

2018 arrived, it was now an official competition, it was open to any member of the club, men, women and juniors and a full field of 84 took to the course for an 8.30 shotgun start. The scoring taking another twist, this time it was normal stableford points on hole 1-6, double points on holes 7-12 and triple points on 13-18 with winner Lee Chapman being the first to win the new competition. As it was a special occasion commemorating 100 years, themed entertainment was put on followed by lunch. Roy Goodings a 94 year old war veteran and club member presented the trophy. Roy also received in the same year the “Legion D’Honneur” France's highest honour. This year £500 was raised for the Royal British Legion charity.

2019 and the competition saw 92 players and once again Mr Roy Goodings was on hand to present the trophy to this year’s winner and one of the original founding members of the BigBird Golf Society, Kevin Carter with 80 points, winning on countback from fellow BigBird member Ray Pope. Best lady was Vera Woolnough who amassed 78 points and was unlucky not to have won the competition by all accounts. This year’s total raised was £568 made up to £600 by Keith Wright. Commemorative golf balls with the Poppy logo were supplied by Graham Tovey and subsequently sold to the participants to assist with raising funds.

Written by Stuart Pearce

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