Time for tee: SJA Golf Day May 5

The Sports Journalists’ Association’s first Golf Day of 2009 is to be staged at Surrey Downs GC on May 5, and members and guests are requested to book their places now.

The cost of the day’s round, plus pre-round coffee and bacon rolls and two-course lunch, is expected to be around £50.

Regular SJA golfers should note that the spring Golf Day is on a Tuesday, following the May Bank Holiday, since many of our golfers are so involved with other golf days from March to May that it has been impossible to find another suitable Monday.

The Alliss-designed Surrey Downs GC is situated between the more established Chipstead and Kingsdown GCs, not far from Walton Heath. Those who played there three years ago probably only remember the outward nine holes – the constant, torrential downpour that day saw almost all of even our boldest players squelch back into the clubhouse. This year, we hope for kinder weather to allow our hacks and hackers to sample the full 18 holes.

Tee-off time will be 10am. Usual format: 3-ball stableford, prizes for SJA and guests – who are very welcome – plus nearest the pin and longest drive plus the usual fun prizes.

Please book your place on the 1st tee by emailing Paul Trow.

First posted Mar 31

Dates of other SJA events:

April 16: Andrew Hunt, the new chief executive of the British Olympic Association, meets the press. Book by contacting Mary Fitzhenry. For more details, click here.

April 22: SJA annual meeting (12.30pm start), at UK Sport head office, 40 Bernard Street, London WC1N 1ST (nearest Tube: Russell Square). Only SJA members may attend – please contact Steven Downes, SJA Secretary, in advance to confirm your attendance.

Sept 7: SJA Autumn Golf Day, for the Phil Sheldon Memorial Trophy, at Muswell Hill GC. Email Paul Trow to book your place.

Dec 9: 61st annual SJA British Sports Awards. Details to be announced.

All details are subject to change until confirmed by the SJA, both on this website and via emails to members.

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