John Pettitt holding the “Ryder Cup” 1985


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One Friday afternoon I was at the club and strolled down to the first tee where a three ball was getting ready to play, on seeing me as a single, they asked if I would care to join them. I immediately said yes and thanked them very much, realising at the same time that here I was about to play with, Charlie Drake, Eric Sykes and Spike Milligan. Charlie immediately piped up that they normally played for five a corner and was that alright with me. I replied fine, and then thought; well five shillings won’t break me. As it turned out I took the money off all of them only to be gob smacked when they each thrust a fiver in my hand and asking me if I would care to join them the following Friday.  We played most of that summer and I was taking off them more than I was earning from my employment. Eric’s house backed onto the short third and he would always pop in for a bottle of scotch and so you can imagine the banter between them was hilarious to say the least. I can remember Charlie taking a divot up the  fifth about a foot long and he picked it up and waved it in the air asking Eric what he should do with it and the quick response was “Take it home and practice on it”.

St. Georges Hilll 1st hole

The club held a 36 hole scratch event, the very prestigious” Silver Trophy” and although I never managed to win it, I did set a then course record of 66 which was a highlight for me.

I was fortunate to win the “Artisan Championship” at Wentworth in 1964 scoring 72, 70

I played in the “Berkshire Trophy” and in the third round compiled a very nice 64 on the Red, my best ever score.

I also played in the “Hampshire Hog” and two competitions of which I cannot remember the names of, at “North Hants G.C”, Fleet, and “Blackmoor G.C” at Bordon. Two excellent courses if you ever get the chance to play them.

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