Callow takes the honours at SJA Spring Golf Day

Homeward bound: one group of players on our SJA Spring Golf Day at Croham Hurst make their way towards the 18th green and thence the 19th...
Homeward bound: one group of players on our SJA Spring Golf Day at Croham Hurst make their way towards the 18th green and thence the 19th…

Congratulations to Nick Callow, the winner of the SJA’s Spring Golf Day on Monday.

Six months earlier, when we staged our annual autumn Golf Day, many players had been forced off the course due to the constant heavy rain; this time round, south of the river at Croham Hurst Golf Club just outside Croydon, our players had arrived in the morning with the Met Office recommending Factor 10 sun cream.

Callow and around 20 SJA members and their guests enjoyed the day’s sunshine and golf on an excellently appointed members’ course, courtesy of our generous host for the day, Chester Stern, who is Croham Hurst’s Club Captain for the year.

You would have been forgiven for thinking everyone had played poorly in this early-season test of the hackers among us hacks, as the various groups tramped off the 18th green grumbling about the headwind of the back nine (it was barely a zephyr) or comparing the speed of the greens to Augusta.

Yet the top three scores in the day’s Stapleford were all over 30 points, with Callow scoring 35 to beat Pat Mooney and the day’s organiser, Nick Cherrie. Don Cave, a regular and welcome guest at our golf days, took the nearest-the-pin prize for getting within 4ft on the 7th green, and Peter Nunn hit the longest drive of the day, putting himself a mere six-iron short of the green in the middle of the 18th’s long fairway.

2014 Autumn Golf Day

The SJA’s 2014 Autumn Golf Day, when the Phil Sheldon Trophy will be contested, will be staged at Muswell Hill Golf Club in north London, on Monday September 8.

The cost of the day’s gold, preceded by coffee and bacon rolls and followed by a two-course lunch, is expected to be around £60 for SJA members, or £65 for guests.

The day represents a terrific opportunity to network with old friends and new colleagues, and those who are not (yet) members of the SJA are very welcome to take part. So please book in for yourself and bring a mate or mates.

And don’t worry too much about your standard of golf (unless you fancy beating the likes of Nick Callow to the trophy) – with golf among the sports at the next Olympic Games, the SJA’s golfers know very well about how taking part is more important than winning.

To book your place, as a member, a guest or as a lunch attendee, please email Nick Cherrie at, writing “SJA Golf Day” in the subject field.

As well as your name and SJA membership number, please provide detail of any special dietary requirements, and your golf handicap (if you don’t have one, just state so). If you book and do not show, you will be expected to pay.


Thu May 15: SJA members’ Race Day at York