Whilst the decision to choose Yorkshire Day as our first Memorial Day was taken some months ago the fine detail of the day was a little late in the planning. My sincere apologies to those who missed last week’s blog and didn’t get an advisory text either. You were not to know that we were starting an hour earlier than usual. Also a few folk still at the visitor stage or were just completing membership forms would not be on my contacts list so you too didn’t arrive until 1pm. I plead La British Open as a mitigating circumstance.
However, 28 members were in attendance as we unveiled our Memorial Bench. We were really pleased and honoured that Jane Armitage came to formally cut the ribbon. The seat is in place to give us a focal point by which to remember and reflect on the contribution made to our club by members who sadly have passed away. Early in 2017 we sadly lost Amy Best, one of our founder members and long serving committee member. Jane’s husband, Rod, was a member for around six months in 2017 before he too tragically passed away. Rod was a brilliant member, full of enthusiasm and was rapidly developing into a very talented player. Jane played with us today and could well be a star of the future at our club.
Our three round melee today had extra at stake as the winner would become the first holder of our new Memorial Shield. It would even sit on their mantlepiece for a whole year. It was fitting then that it was won by a supremely house proud member who will polish the shield at least weekly and probably send us a few selfies of him sat admiring its sparkling gleam.
Just three members managed three wins so it was down to points difference to decide the issue. Well done to Roger Johnson with +13 points getting him third place. Runner-up was Jean McCulloch on +22 points, another excellent performance. However, the glory and the trophy went to Roger Farrar on +31 points.
Sadly there is only one true Yorkshire man in the celebration photo below. I’m sure it’s pretty obvious which one it is.