Halter is swinging and winning in the rain

Robert Halter, far right, with the Phil Sheldon Trophy he won at the SJA Golf Day staged at West Herts GC, after receiving it from Gill Sheldon (second right) and SJA Chairman Barry Newcombe (third right). Also in the picture are Rebecca Naden and Peter Nunn (second left), the winning guest on the day, with Dan Abraham (left) winner of the nearest the pin competition

By Trevor Bond, SJA social secretary
Robert Halter is the winner of the 2007 SJA Phil Sheldon Trophy, after out-performing a record turn out for a SJA Golf Day on a damp day at the well-appointed West Herts Golf Club, just outside Watford.

Halter, who plays at the Buckingham golf club and is a former SJA committee member, received the trophy from Phil Sheldon’s widow Gill, assisted by SJA chairman, Barry Newcombe.

Playing in a threesome with Laurence Halter and photographer Chris Barry, Robert Halter finished his 18 holes with a Stableford score of 38 – worth possibly two shots under par against his handicap on a day when the wet weather made scoring conditions tough.

The best guest on the day was local golfer Peter Nunn, with a score of 36. Other prizes distributed on the day included the longest drive (which went to the Express‘s Graham Wilson who blasted the ball more than 250 yards) and nearest the pin. That was won by horseracing photographer Dan Abraham, who might have claimed the longest drive – accounts put his drive as being more than 300yds, but his ball was just off the fairway.

In total, 24 golfers took part in this annual autumn event for the trophy which commemorates the former SJA committee member and supreme golfing photographer, Phil Sheldon.

Despite the rain, they enjoyed playing the superb West Herts course and organiser Trevor Bond paid tribute to West Herts and SJA member Hugh Routledge for efforts in helping to make it a great day.

There will be two further SJA Golf Days in 2008 – watch this space for details.

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