The Ormskirk and Bootle Group held their annual golf competition again this year at the Mossock Hall Golf Club in Bickerstaffe, a challenging 18 hole par 71 course, set in 130 acres of beautiful countryside on the Lancashire and Merseyside border.
This year as usual non-Masons could participate, with two separate competitions being held, one for the Masons and one for non-Masons, with a total of 21 contestants participating on the day. The well organised competition was again left in the capable hands of Gary Evans of Arthur Stanley Lodge No 3469.
The Masonic trophy winner for the last three years has been Malcom Sandywell, Stanley of Bickerstaffe Lodge No 3511 who had the honour of hitting the first tee shot. Unfortunately for Malcolm this year was not to be his fourth victory as a previous champion Andy Killeen, Park Hall Lodge No 8375 took the honours of winning the Masons competition on the day and Peter Boardman winning the non-Masonic competition
With the competitors completing the afternoon’s golf, they made their way to the beautiful 18th century refurbished clubhouse, where they relaxed with a well-deserved drink, before making their way to sit down to an excellent evening meal, starting with black pudding; followed by chicken and vegetables. After the meal, the trophy presentations were held for the winners of the respected competitions, with Greg Pinnington also from Arthur Stanley Lodge having the privilege to present the prizes. Andy Killeen received the prize for the Masonic competition but unfortunately Peter Boardman, the winner of the non-Masonic competition, was unable to attend the evening’s dinner, but in his absence his nephew Mathew Jones collect the prize on his behalf.
During the evening, a raffle was held which raised £126 with the proceeds being donated to the Royal School for the Blind (Liverpool), with Gary saying: “Many thanks go to Jim Carrie of Aughton Lodge No 7996 for the kind donation of additional prizes.”
Gary commented about next year’s competition saying: “During the time I have run this competition we have had three Masons who have won the trophy more than once, Malcolm Sandywell three times, Andy Killeen and Greg Pinnington who have won it twice and with this in mind next year all have agreed to play and tee off in a three ball to give the competition a little edge.”
Next year’s competition will be held on Friday 11 May 2018 and with the success of the competition this year and over the past few years, the organisers are hoping to attract more Masons from lodges within the whole group and are also hoping that even more non-Masons will be encouraged to participate. The day has become a worthwhile group activity, with lots of fun and it’s getting more popular every year.