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Golf society centenary celebrations

Leisure - The Engineering Golfing Society celebrates one hundred years of camaraderie and high jinks on the links in June. Antony Oliver looks at the celebrations planned.

Golfers from diverse engineering disciplines will gather at Woking Golf Club in Surrey on 18 May to celebrate the Engineering Golfing Society's centenary.

It is a significant moment in the Society's history and a date which also marks an important milestone in the social history of the game of golf.

The centenary's importance has been recognised by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club - founding force and guardian of the game - and celebrating the event alongside the members, guests and current captain Archie Harrison and president Colin McKee at Woking next month will be R&A captain Michael Lunt.

Lunt tops a list of other engineering and golfing luminaries turning out to compete on the day.

These include Sir Robin Saxby, president of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, Douglas Oakervee, past president of the Institution of Civil Engineers, John McDougall, past president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and guest speaker John Wild, past president of the English Golf Union.

Also attending will be Alexander Kennedy, the great grandson of the Society's founding president, Sir Alexander Kennedy, David Monks, captain of Woking Golf Club and Bob Long, the captain of Hunstanton Golf Club.

The special meeting will host a Centenary Competition played in stableford format.

Gold, silver, and bronze medals will be presented to the top three members in the Society's two divisions plus other prizes awarded to leading guest players at the black tie dinner which follows the match.

The day will underline the Society's aim, as set out when the presidents of the Institutions of Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineers established the Society in 1907, to enable professional engineers with a love of golf to meet in congenial surroundings (see box).

For more information about the Society or about the centenary competition contact joint honorary secretary Roger Blunden roger@rblunden. fsnet.co. uk or tel: (01825) 723250.

The trophies

The President's Challenge Cup (inset) Presented by Sir Alexander Kennedy - 18-hole stroke competition under handicap (first division) The Wilson Challenge Cup (main image) Presented by Reginald Wilson - 18-hole stroke competition under handicap (second division) The Society's membership has boasted the great the good of the engineering profession over the years 1. Sir Alex Kennedy FRS president, 1907-1928 2. Sir Robert Hadfield president, 1928-1932 3. Benjamin Hall Blyth captain, 1908 4. James Mansergh captain, 1911 5. Sir John Wolfe Barry captain, 1922 6. Basil Mott member, circa 1920 7. John Snell member, circa 1910

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