"The sun was shining brilliantly, the Isle of Wight, Chichester Cathedral and the Solent sparklingly clear, the course in fine condition, the greens fast and a good time was had by all."
Allan Kerr (1970, History)
All Univ golfers were invited to the Downs Course at Goodwood Golf Club on 11 October 2016, where Allan Kerr (1970, History) welcomed us to this fine course.
Allan Kerr has kindly provided this report:
'We were incredibly lucky with the weather on Tuesday, everyone turned up according to plan, the sun was shining brilliantly, the Isle of Wight, Chichester Cathedral and the Solent sparklingly clear, the course in fine condition, the greens fast and a good time was had by all. It was excellent to have had Bob Maskell with us as a link to the present day Univ and with some great stories to tell direct from the Porters’ Lodge (under Chatham House rules of course). No-one quite tamed the course but the winner was Eric Cooper on countback from Oliver Stocken, both with 31 Stableford points, closely pursued by Peter Button, Mike Shilling and Allan Kerr with 30 points (knowing the course I should have managed better than that). Martin Mathews, Tony Leak, Ken Hardman and David Laycock were in hot pursuit with 28 points and everyone stayed respectably within the 20’s.
I very much enjoyed meeting everyone and the spirit and humour of the occasion was first class. Prizes were awarded to the winner Eric Cooper, Peter Button for the longest drive and Tim Low for nearest to the pin. The 'champagne' moment occurred before we’d even started playing when Charlie Laughton-Scott lost his 5 wood, crushed inadvertently under the wheels of a very heavy Woody buggy. He received an engraved glass jug in exchange. There was a hiccup at the prize-giving when in a sudden spirit of 1970’s egalitarianism I distributed the second and third prize golf balls by way of a souvenir golf ball and tee for every player, forgetting that I had promised a second and third prize. This left Oliver Stocken slightly short-changed as runner-up, but he took it well, and I’ve worked out that on count-back I would have been third making the levelling gesture slightly less heinous. It was however referred to by the Victor Ludorum Eric Cooper in his speech as a somewhat Corbynista moment!'
Photo: Allan Kerr presents Eric Cooper with the winner's cup