The Association of Golf Writers (AGW) regained the Chesterfield Trophy in style on Monday, after defeating the Golf Foundation by a score of 3.5 to 1.5 at Sunningdale Golf Club.
The elegant trophy was first contested in 1987 and the match serves as an opportunity for the Golf Foundation to thank the AGW and its members for the press coverage given to national grass roots junior golf.
The AGW team proved that as well as describing a good game, the leading editors, writers and broadcasters could also play a bit, clearly inspired by the magnificent surroundings of Sunningdale Golf Club’s Old Course; the club having kindly agreed to be host venue for the match.
Presenting the trophy, Golf Foundation Chairman Charles Harrison said: “The Golf Foundation team is working very hard to reach one million youngsters a year through golf. As a charity, we need a lot of help from golfers everywhere to raise funds and expand our initiatives in schools and with clubs, so it was great to be able to discuss these ideas with AGW members today. Their support in telling our story is vital and really appreciated by everyone at the Golf Foundation.”
AGW Captain and Editor of Golf Monthly Mike Harris said: “The Golf Foundation is performing an excellent job in helping to bring on the next generation of golfers and this is something we should all support wholeheartedly. Golf is a great sport for encouraging friendship, fair play, respect for fellow players and other attributes, and the Foundation’s team promotes these ‘Skills for Life’ superbly in their programmes. All young people deserve the opportunity to enjoy the game, just as we have all done, and hopefully our writing on this subject can be of help.”
Both Charles Harrison and Mike Harris thanked Stephen Toon, Secretary at Sunningdale, and his entire team for making all present feel so welcome in the clubhouse and on the course, which was in superb condition.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS, AGW PAIRS FIRST:
Mike Harris and Alistair Tait halved match with Charles Harrison and Daisy Dyer
Bill Elliott and Iain Carter beat Mike Round and Roger Moreland, 7&5
Carly Frost and Colin Callander beat Alan Bough and Robin Miller, 6&5
Andrew Farrell and Nick Bayly lost to Fredrik Lindgren and Ben Evans 2up
Robin Barwick and Colin Harding beat Ian Armitage and Ronnie Hanna, 3&2