WCIT MONITOR Issue 66 Dec 2015 - Page 9

THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGISTS FELLOWSHIP WCIT Golf News T he Prince Arthur Cup is played every year on the two famous Walton Heath golf courses designed by the legendary James Braid. This year it was held in early summer and involved 52 Livery Companies. Conditions were near perfect but the greens were lightning fast with some tough pin positions. WCIT pairings were Geoff Unwin (Captain)/Michael Webster and Peter Cordery/Rick Huckstep. They were teamed up to play with the Chartered Accountants and the Curriers over 36 holes, but the competition is actually played against the course. As Geoff Unwin explained “You either win, lose or half against the par on any hole - that's it. This format is not often used, sounds straightforward but pretty psychologically draining for a game of golf! members fancy playing just email me with a few details, club, handicap etc...” said Geoff. Next year the competition will be held on May 19th, 2016. Please contact Geoff at: geoff.unwin@gunwin.co.uk This summer also hosted the Marketors Annual Golf Competition. The WCIT Team were 2nd again for the second year running…. The team consisted of Peter Cordery (Captain), Rick Huckstep, Kevin Murray (guest) and Deputy Master Nicholas Birtles. There were 19 Livery Companies competing, the World Traders were 3rd, but the International Bankers beat us to 1st place, by a big margin (13). Talking point of the day: in foursomes you play alternate shots and walk ahead and stand to one side, which speeds up play. Fine, did that. My partner, Past Master Michael Webster, then drilled a low exocet of a drive straight at me. I ducked, it hit me plum on the backside... fortunately I had a course planner in my back pocket which cushioned some of the impact. Still took a bit of explaining when I got home!” The competition was won for the third year in a row by the Leathersellers with the Cordwainers 2nd and the International Bankers 3rd. “The moral seems to be that we are too busy and not playing enough golf and/or that we need more new blood. We do hold a qualifying competition in the Spring so if any WCIT The WCIT team at the Marketors Golf Day. From left: Rick Huckstep; Peter Cordery; Deputy Master Nicholas Birtles & Kevin Murray Capercaillie Cup 2015 raises £580 for the WCIT Charity to the highest score by a WCIT member. This year an additional cup was introduced – The John Saysell Memorial Cup, in memory of his contribution to all WCIT shooting events. The John Saysell Cup was to be awarded to the shooter who scored the most over the whole day. T his year’s annual Capercaillie shoot was held on 15th September. Fourteen participants had a lovely day shooting at the Essex Shooting School followed by a good lunch in the clubhouse. It was delightful to see so many new names from WCIT this year; hopefully they enjoyed themselves so much that they want to come back. The squad was split into novices and experienced guns – as luck would have it there were seven of each. Novices were taken out to the shooting ground and given instruction and practice on the traps and clays to be used in the competition. The more experienced followed them out to the ground for practice on the same traps. Practice runs were followed by a 25 bird competition in which all took part. The Capercaillie Cup itself was there to be awarded We were hosted by the proprietor, Michael Alldis, who has been running the shooting school for 32 years! Everyone had a lovely day! The Places and Awards went to: Capercaillie Cup: Jeff Mahood John Saysell Cup: Ben Harris High Gun: Ben Harris Runner Up: Jeff Mahood Novice Gun: Adrian Ulisse Novice Runner Up: David Woof Ben Harris Winner of the 2015 John Saysell Memorial Cup Contributed by Liveryman Nick Harris, Chairman of the WCIT Shooting Club Page 9