Football writer Chester Stern was crowned the king of SJA golf when he scooped the winnerâ€™s medal in the Associationâ€™s spring meeting at Surrey Downs Golf Club.
The former crime correspondent of the Mail on Sunday was also presented with a mounted Schaeffer pen as a result of his Stableford score of 37 points.
But Chester did not have things all his own way as he only finished first after a countback, having tied with snapper Patrick Eagar, another regular SJA winner.
Trailing in third, two points adrift of the leading duo, was former SJA chairman Paul Trow, like Stern and Eagar a former captain of the Press Golfing Society.
The best score of the day from the 20 golfers who teed up on the hilly, Peter Alliss-designed course, came from Peter Nunn, whose 40 points gave him a five-point margin of victory in the guestsâ€™ section over Dan Abraham with Chris Wormleighton third on 31 points (Hugh Routledge’s photograph shows Stern, left, and Nunn, right, being presented with their medals by Trow).
The nearest-the-pin prize of half-a-dozen Titleist Pro V1s went to former Mail and Express stalwart Ian Cole, who readily confessed to having lost at least as many balls earlier in Surrey Downsâ€™ punishing rough.
The longest drive â€” around 280 yards into a crosswind on the par-5 18th â€” was achieved by the youngest player in the field – Sam Emery, the son of David Emery, editor of the Non-League Paper and Rugby Paper. Sam also received six balls for his effort.
In keeping with the light-hearted spirit of the day, a couple of purple VisitScotland driver head covers were presented to the “tail end Charlies” in the two sections â€” Express sub Lawrie Hacker and Sean Trivassâ€™s guest Nick Wrathall â€” on the grounds that a visit to Scotland some time soon would definitely improve their golf.
The SJAâ€™s autumn meeting will be held at Muswell Hill Golf Club on Monday September 7, when the Associationâ€™s golf trophy, named after the late Phil Sheldon, will be up for grabs. To book a place in the field, or for more information, please contact Paul Trow on 07973-862747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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