County President John White Bridport & West Dorset GC was at the helm for the 29th Annual Dinner his first as County President. It was a packed house at the ever popular Bentleys Restaurant which has proved so successful over the last several years and as usual we were once more looked after admirably by the staff who provided both great food and service.
We had no representation from England Golf as they are trying to cut down, a shame as it did tend to leave a gap in the speeches, our after dinner entertainment this year was being supplied by the Paul Stevens an ex Tour Caddy with stories to tell! Our guests from around the counties were Trevor Reynolds President SWCGA, Ian Watkins Gloucestershire, Glyn Rowett Cornwall, Paul Middleton Somerset, Gerry Honeysett Sussex, Jim Pocknell Kent, John Moore Hampshire along with Simon Marchesi from our sponsors Ringwood Brewery. I again applaud all the clubs who attended along with their members who travelled from all around the County to support the dinner making it a resounding success once more. We had a hundred and fifty eight up on last year and for me it was great to see for the first time a table from the Yeovil who I hope enjoyed the evening and will make it a regular fixture in their calendar.
On completion of an excellent the meal our Master of Ceremonies Mr Philip Gardner got the main part of the evening under way, with me starting off proposing the loyal toast.
We were then heartily entertained, firstly by John who delivered an excellent informative speech on golf around the County delivered eloquently and touching on matters that are of concern to us all.
The night was then topped off by a good performance from our entertainer Paul produced some humorous stories of his time on the tour with some of the all-time greats a great way to finish an excellent evening.
A great night and I look forward to greeting you all at the 30th Annual Dinner planned to be held once more at Dudsbury on Friday 09th March 2018 so please make a note in your diary and I look forward to seeing you there.