The morning of 5 May 2016 dawned to perfect blue skies, with a warm gentle breeze to herald the 34 Mark Masons of the Province assembled at the Low Laithes Golf Club, near Ossett. They were greeted with coffee and bacon butties on arrival and a course which was in beautiful condition. Unfortunately the very slick greens proved a downfall for some, including the writer of this report.
The day had been organised by W.Bro Graham Bailey in conjunction with W.Bro Alex Steele a member at the Club. The day went without a hitch with a halfway house contributing to the total of over £1,000.00 to be donated to the West Yorkshire Mark Benevolent Fund Festival 2023.
After a few well earned drinks, an excellent two course meal was served, and enjoyed by all, including our Rulers, the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles; the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Richard Boswell Puttrell, and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Dr. Rod Taylor, all of whom had kindly arrived to support the day and present the prizes.
They were awarded as follows:
The Carl Whitehead Trophy for the overall winner: to Bro. Arthur Leach, Danum Lodge No. 398.
The Frank Whitworth Rose Bowl for the Best Past Master to W.Bro. Phil Ireland, Haywra Lodge No. 525.
The P G M Trophy for Best Veteran: to W.Bro. G Wood, St Chad Lodge No. 374.
The Ryburn Trophy for the Best Gross score: to W.Bro. Graham Bailey, Danum Lodge No. 398.
The Jack Senior Cup for the Team Prize, best 3 scores: to Danum Lodge No. 398 (95 pts.) Bro. Arthur Leach. Bro. Mike Bunce, and Bro. Andy Evans.
The John Fox Trophy for Nearest the pin: to W.Bro. Martin Hughes, Legiolium No. 457.
Finally a new Trophy was presented this year by W.Bro Barrie Fothergill in memory of W.Bro David Fisher of St. Chad Lodge, who had been a big supporter of the competition for many years. This was given in respect of the Longest Drive and was won by W.Bro. Phil Ireland of Haywra Lodge No. 525.
The Provincial Grand Master rounded of the proceedings by thanking the organisers, and Low Laithes Golf Club, for making such a wonderful wonderful day.
Next year’s Golf will be held on 4 May, again at Low Laithes Golf Club.
Very Worshipful Brother Robert Corfield, P.G.J.O., P.D.P.G.M.