March/April 2024 report

Tandridge GC hosted our AGM and very enjoyable annual dinner, with some team golf beforehand. The evening activity was joined by some 30 people, about half of whom ventured on to the golf course. The AGM itself saw Mark Chatham appointed vice captain, and Laurie Evans and Martin Hayes both elected to the committee. Mark also won the annual knockout tournament, and so was awarded the Challenge Cup, whilst schoolboy Paul Ellinghorst (photo) won the Walker Cup for his contribution to School golf. Paul demonstrated his potential on the golf course too, hitting his 223 yard tee shot on the par 3 13th to within six inches of the hole.

The meeting also saw the launch of society captain Alan Scovell’s appeal for funds to support younger players in the Halford Hewitt and other major competitions. Participation in these events can cost significant sums and the society’s goal is to ensure that players who are good enough for the teams can afford to play, no matter their financial status. The appeal looks set to be well supported by the society.


Riccardo Fantinelli, OW (see Jan/Feb report) continues his winning form in the US; in early April, he won the Princeton Invitational, which is presumably his home tournament on the US inter-collegiate circuit. He scored at 6 under par for the three round competition.


The society team’s efforts in the Halford Hewitt are recorded in a separate article under ‘News’