The Prince Arthur Cup was presented to the Coachmakers’ Company in 1927. This large silver-gilt trophy was to be competed for annually by the Livery Companies of London in a foursomes’ golf tournament, played in recent years at Walton Heath. Companies are represented by two pairs playing a morning and an afternoon round of golf with lunch intervening, and the competition is one of the City liveries’ most prestigious and fiercely contested annual sporting events.
This year the Cordwainers yet again came within a tee’s breadth of winning, losing out to the Leathersellers, champions for the third year running. David Skinner, the non-playing team manager reports.
Each Liveryman playing this year was a past winner of the Cordwainer Golf Trophy (David Walker, Michael Payne, Cameron Brown, Shon Williams). On a bright and sunny morning, our two pairs started on the ‘Old’ Course at Walton Heath at 8.27. At lunch, the Cordwainer team returned the best score of the 27 teams playing this course and lay 5 equal in the whole field of 54.
After a tasty and hasty lunch, followed by a team talk from the manager (who had joined them for this meal), the pairs set off for the afternoon round, energised and enthusiastic.
The team performance continued in the same form, and at the end of the tournament, Cordwainers finished 2nd, pipped to the post again by the Leathersellers.
It was a magnificent effort and congratulations to all four players. By way of further report, Shon and Cameron had the best total score of the day, out of 108 pairs playing!