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Golfers achieve success at last in LUGS v BUGS annual competition

At last congratulations are due to University of Leicester golfers! After too many years of agonising underachievement the University (staff) golf society (LUGS) finally won their annual competition against Birmingham University (staff) golf society (BUGS).

The match was played on Wednesday afternoon, May 21, it being LUGS turn to host the game, and Ullesthorpe Court Golf & Leisure club near Lutterworth was the chosen venue. The morning practice round an 18-hole singles Stableford competition was used for 'meeting and greeting' familiar members of the 'old enemy' camp. The competition prize of a bottle of whisky was won by Alan Todd of BUGS with a total of 41 points.

Over lunch the pairings and order of play for the afternoon were devised and conveyed to those taking part. As the number one singles game had to be played, the rest played a pairs Betterball medal competition.

As always, the afternoon matches for the 'Trophy' were keenly-fought contests. The matches started in dry conditions with BUGS taking an early lead in most of them, but they were soon overtaken by a downpour which slowed to a persistent heavy drizzle for the rest of the day. 

The golfers of Leicester were not deterred by this rain, if anything revelling in it, plugging away (literally sometimes, the ground got that wet!) at the BUGS lead until they were in front when the clubhouse's 19th hole was reached, where all thoughts of being wet were banished with each result putting Leicester nearer at last to winning the trophy. 

With a final score line of 5:1 (we won’t mention which pair lost!) and the post mortems during a convivial evening meal over, LUGS captain, Gillian Lonergan, accepted the trophy on behalf of the society from BUGS captain Ian Shannon (see picture right).   [Photo: Ian Shannon and Gillian Lonergan]

Congratulations are due to the team - Gillian Lonergan, Gail Atkinson, Neil Whale, Tony Dexter, Professor Gary Whitelam, Ian Whale, Dr Alan Baker, Dr John Dickie, Rob Kelly, Dr Alan Strachen and Dr Kevin Gough. 

Colin Cunningham

Postscript: For the record - in case anybody was wondering why my name is not in the team list, I drew the short straw to play for the opposition and make up their numbers, so... still never on the winning side - oh well, such is life!  CC

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