Union president hands out golf trophies

PUBLISHED: 15:15 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:43 26 October 2009

TERRY TRUDE

TERRY TRUDE

PRAISE for the team that won the inter-county league title last season and confidence in their ability to retain it this year was the message of new Herts Golf Union president Terry Trude. Presiding at the annual meeting held at his own club, Harpenden Co

PRAISE for the team that won the inter-county league title last season and confidence in their ability to retain it this year was the message of new Herts Golf Union president Terry Trude.

Presiding at the annual meeting held at his own club, Harpenden Common, where he is also president and former captain, Terry also spoke of the close relationship between the golf union and the clubs.

He hoped clubs would contribute to the county magazine, creating more general interest and a closer understanding between clubs, members and the union.

Also elected at the meeting as members of the executive committee were three former club captains, Mid Herts' Alan Green, Hadley Wood's Hugh Wikner and Berkhamsted's Gaius Potton, while Terry paid tribute to retiring committee member and colts manager Gerry van Lottum, from Redbourn. Also re-elected was county secretary John Newton from Knebworth.

Outstanding individual playing performances during last season brought their rewards, notably for Brickendon Grange's Graham Povey, Tom Speyer of West Herts and Porters Park's Nick Pateman.

Moor Park claimed the Scratch League honours for the second year.

Former county president and secretary Clive Harkett presented his trophy to Povey as Order of Merit winner.

Povey snatched the title on 185 points with a late run of success, winning two out of three qualifiers, after Moor Park's John Ambridge had led most of the way.

The Junior Challenge Trophy, awarded to the boy with the best stroke average from eight rounds out of 16 events, was won by Tom Speyer.

The John Gill Trophy, awarded to the golfer who plays in most league matches and scores most points, was won by former county champion Nick Pateman. In his absence, the trophy was presented to Porters Park captain Lionel Cooper.

The President's Cup was presented to Gary Higgins, captain of Moor Park, Division One winners of the Scratch League.

Trude presented shields to captains of the division winners - Peter Marshall from Porters Park, Stevenage's Peter Steed, Peter Medcalf of Ashridge, Harpenden's Craig Stewart, Michael Bailey from Whipsnade Park and Cae Menai-Davis, from The Shire.

International honours have gone to East Herts golfer James Watts, as a member of the England boys' team, while Mid Herts' Tom Shadbolt has been selected for the England Under-21 squad.

County captain James York had previously at the union's annual dinner named Tyrone Carter as his player of the year.

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