Here is the text of captain Paul’s speech at the end of the Forest Cup delivered through clenched teeth:
President Brian, Captain Ian, Captain Steve, Vice Captain Kevin, Royal Epping, Woodford, Guild Hall and Chingford teams, welcome to CGC Club and to this year’s Forest Cup Event.
I hope you have enjoyed the food served to us throughout the day and I trust our hospitality here at Chingford will see no written complaints from any of your Club Secretaries in the weeks to come.
Before we announce today’s result could I take this opportunity to thank a few individuals from CGC. Firstly a big thank you to our President Bryan and members of our Golf Committee for all their hard work In putting today’s event together. In particular I would personally like to thank our Secretary Kevin who took on a number of roles which included contacting all the team captains, putting together the scoring system, liaising with our caterers and organising the welcoming pastries, tea and coffee.
A big thank you to our Past President Mr John Clark who took on the thankless task of checking and controlling the scorecards throughout the day and, despite our best attempts to unnerve him with a missing card which threaten to cause havoc on today’s outcome, John took it all in his stride and completed a professional job as he has done on numerous occasions.
Thank you John.
Can I thank the CGC Forest Cup squad for how they have conducted themselves amongst our guests today whilst still giving their all, regardless of just falling short in taking todays spoils. I’m proud of your efforts and so thank you.
Well done to Dan Ashelford from the Epping for scoring a magnificent 44 points playing off a handicap of 17. I will personally be delivering your card to the Epping golf committee tonight and we all look forward to seeing you playing off 5 from next week!
That’s a superb score out there in today’s conditions, so well done Dan.
Finally I’m sure I can speak for everyone in the room when I say good luck to Captain Ian and his Theydon Bois squad when they tee off in tomorrow’s Norman Plum Final. I believe it will be held at Bentley, so best of luck guys.
So to the results and in reverse order:
The Guildhall finished with 222
Woodford with 227
Theydon Bois with 254
Chingford with 255
Which means this years winners are The Royal Epping GC with, I have to say, an excellent combined points total of 276 points. And so it gives me great pleasure as the Captain of CGC to present the winning team’s, Captain Mr Jeff Evans, with the Forest Cup Trophy.