The Presidents Cup and AGM at Stockport, March 2019

The weather forecast for the day was possible rain showers but 27 hardy golfers turned up to play for the Presidents Cup, and as it was the first event of the 2019 golf season it was followed by our AGM.

We were greeted at the golf club with hot bacon barmcakes and tea or coffee before we ventured onto the course to attempt to win the major prize. The first tee off time was 1030hrs and all of the field enjoyed sunshine for the whole round of golf.

Below is how the golf panned out.

Nearest the Pins 5. Paul Sinnott 8. Mike Hill 11. Martin Claffy *2's Below
Longest Drive Andy Minshull      Mike Hill


The minor prizes of nearest the pin and longest drive were: on the first of the Par 3’s, hole number 5, nearest the pin went to Paul Sinnott. The next Par 3, hole number 8, went to Mike Hill. The next Par 3, hole number 11, went to Martin Claffey. The final Par 3, hole number 16 proved to be a difficult one with none of the golfers actually hitting the green.

Longest drive on the day was won by Andy Minshull.

There are also prizes for any 2 on the day and Dave Baynes managed a 2 on the 5th hole, but Mike Hill managed a 2 on the 8th hole and a 2 on the 16th hole. The more observant of you will notice that although nobody scored a nearest the pin on the 16th Hole, Mike Hill managed to score a 2 by chipping in from off the green.

Top 5 Finishers

   Points Handicap  Revised
6. Martin Claffy 32    
5. Geoff Haynes 32    
4. Bill Harris 33    
3. Brian Murray 34    
2. Dave Barratt 35    
1. Phil Lancaster 35    


The eventual winner on the day was Phil Lancaster who scored 35 points, beating Dave Barrett also on 35 points, but Phil had the better back nine score.

In third spot we had Brian Murray who scored 34 points, fourth spot went to Bill Harris with 33 points, and finishing the top six places were both Martin Claffey and Geoff Haynes, each scoring 32 points.


The presentation was followed by our AGM, where the outgoing Captain, Mr Pete Derbyshire stated that his Charity for 2018, Prostate Cancer Research, will benefit to the sum of £200-00 raised by all the golfers who attended the 2018 events, a big thank you to you all from the Captain and Prostate Cancer Research Committee. Pete then handed over proceeding to our incoming Captain this year Frances Sinnott, and presented her with a Statue of a Lady Golfer to mark her year in office, the first Lady Captain of the Society since it’s inception in 1965. Hopefully this may encourage more Lady golfers to join us throughout the year. The Captain stated that her charity for this year will be the British Heart Foundation, and asked everybody to give generously to such a worthy cause.

On the agenda there were no propositions and no Nomination for Posts.

 The Treasurer gave his report and then we had the presentation for Player of the Year for the previous season 2018. The winner was Bill Harris, beating a past Captain Kevin Bolton into second place. Kevin is also Captain at Blackley Golf Club for 2019 but will still support the Portland Society during his Office.

As it was the Presidents Cup, our President Mr Bill Macbeth treated everybody to their first drink at the bar and I think you will agree that this was a magnanimous gesture.

A big mention was given to one of our long standing members Mr Steve Payne, who unfortunately suffered a very bad cycling accident towards the end of 2018 whilst he was training for a Triathalon event. This has caused Steve to miss Golf for several months, but happily he is now well on the mend and hoping to be back with us soon playing golf. Steve is our Handicap Secretary and obviously we needed a Stand-In Secretary so Brian Murray volunteered to take up the post.

The Captain closed proceedings, wished everybody a safe trip home and said that she hoped to see as many as possible at the next event which is the Spring Plate event to be held on Friday 26th April at Didsbury Golf Club.



Honest - it was this far from the hole