Fakenham Golf Club celebrates 125 years

MLNF FakGolf 125

MLNF FakGolf 125

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The 125th anniversary year of Fakenham Golf Club was further celebrated and thoroughly enjoyed by a dinner attended by members and their guests in the Lancaster Room at the club.

Club captain Chris Baynes spoke of the history of the club (the third oldest golf club in the county), quoting minutes which were at times quite extraordinary when compared to what is expected today.

The highlight of the evening was guest speaker David Wright, the PGA heritage executive. He enthralled the audience with his talk on the history of the Ryder Cup from the inaugural matches in 1927 won by the United States, in Massachusetts, to the recent match in 2014.

The Great Britain and Ireland players in 1927, captained by Ted Ray, were Fred Robson, Aubrey Boomer, Archie Compston, George Duncan, George Gadd, Arthur Havers, Herbert Jolly and Charles Whitcombe.

These players were presented with a medal as a symbolic token of the occasion with the PGA crest on the front and the name of the player on the reverse.

The Heritage Collection has one of these which was donated to them by the grandson of Fred Robson. They are seeking the other eight and would be grateful for any information leading to their whereabouts.