Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club
Thursday 8th November
Thhe Annual Dinner of the Somerset Golf Union took place at Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club on 8th November. The clubhouse has recently benefitted from a substantial re-furbishment, and we were delighted with the surroundings, and bowled over by the quality of food and service provided by the club.
After a first class meal of Chicken & Apricot Terrrine, followed a succulent dish of Roast Somerset Pork with (what else!) a Cider Sauce,we rounded off the meal with Apple and Blackberry Crumble and a platter of Somerset Cheeses. After a short break to replenish our glasses, the guests settled back for the toast and short addresses from the President of the Somerset Golf Union and 0ur Guest of Honour, the President of England Golf Demond Duffy. who gave some interesting insights as to what is happening at the top of the game in England.
Speaking for the last time as Captain, Justin Lane gave a round up of the playing season, and announced that his player of the year for 2018 was Phil White. The trophy presentation then followed, although unfortunately Jeremy Larcombe was not able to collect the County Championship cup. Prize winners on the night included Worlebury Golf Club who retained the Somerset Bowl, and Sam Fernley, winner of the Sumara Salver.
We had engaged a very entertaining comedian from Liverpool, Tony Roscoe, to provde the after dinner entertainment. He came very highly recommended, having pereformed at many sporting occasions in the past. Amongst him many claims for fame, he has toured with the late, great Ken Dodd! After some very funny jokes and anecdotes, during which he involved many members of the audience in his routine (in particular Karen Drake and Nicky Perry as well as Mikey Nicholls from Worlebury), we were treated to further talents as a ventriloquist with a very passable impersonation of Roy Orbison. His finale was to bring Chairman Tommy Tulk to the stage who reinded us of his comedic timing and showing why he was in demand as a pantomime dame at Long Sutton.
The night was a great success and we have received may favourable comments from the guests. Our thanks again to all of the team at the Golf Club, who worked so hard to put on a great event.
In 2019, we shall have a hard act to follow, but we know we shall be assured of another fantastic night where we can celebrate golf in Somerset. Put a note in you diariy fro Thursday November 7