Life Members season finale

Camaraderie, friendly competition and inter-club banter are always evident at our Life Member competitions, the 2023 season having concluded on Thursday at Chester.

Life Membership was introduced in 1965, and initially we had just two competitions a year. Now we have seven, taking us to all corners of the county. This year we started at Bidston, then Helsby, Stamford, Eaton, Disley, Heaton Moor and finally Chester. The competitions are extremely popular, with anything from 150 to 190 players at each event, playing in betterball stableford format.

Our mini tour takes us to some clubs that many “Lifers” haven’t been to previously, such as Stamford. In fact, we don’t believe that the county have held any events there. Many people think it’s in Lancashire, and it nearly is; the county boundary is just 100 yards from the club entrance. The welcome we received at Stamford in June was second-to-none, with staff and volunteers looking after us superbly. It must also be said they served up the best bacon butties of the season! But we receive this level of welcome at every club we visit, which makes the whole experience thoroughly enjoyable for everyone who takes part.

Bill Fisher, Ross Gregory, Dave Strachan, honorary starter, Graham Hampson and County President Tony Gregory at Stamford

Our season finale at Chester followed several days of very wet weather. Hats off to the Chester greens staff who managed to present a course that was very playable and resulted in a winning score of 46 points from Martin Guest and John Cummins (Helsby).

Stuart Hawkey and Fraser Fowlie volunteered as starters at Chester, along with Sean Ritchie and club Captain John Chapman. There is no question that Fraser wins the prize for best-dressed starter of 2023!

Huge thanks to all of our host clubs this year who have without exception given us a very warm welcome.

If you are interested in joining as a Life Member, please email us

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