A Cavalier attitude to golf

GOLF: For more than 30 years the Cavaliers have been part of the Rushmere Golf Club scene. It was in 1970 with a group of members enjoying the club's annual dinner at the Orwell Hotel in Felixstowe, that it was decided to get together the following Saturday morning for a round of golf.

FOR more than 30 years the Cavaliers have been part of the Rushmere Golf Club scene.

It was in 1970 with a group of members enjoying the club's annual dinner at the Orwell Hotel in Felixstowe, that it was decided to get together the following Saturday morning for a round of golf.

The Saturday game subsequently became a permanent fixture for a dozen or so players although nowadays that number has been boosted to the maximum number of 20.

On an average between 12 and 16 players play regularly on Saturday mornings.

Max Newport, who has been a long-time member of the Cavaliers, said: "A draw for playing partners, either three or four to each group, is made on the tee.

"A token amount is placed in the kitty for the winner, and the second placed individual and winning group.

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"Drinks are expected from the resulting prize winners and it is not uncommon for the second placed in the losing team to finish up out of pocket after providing sausage rolls for those present on the day."

Within a few years the Cavaliers could boost a strong contingent of past captains, presidents and staunch committee members.

The next significant milestone was the introduction of the Ashes Cup. This was donated by John Godbold, the owner of Ashe Control Ltd, and was first played for on Guy Fawkes Day during the 1980s –- hence the name.

"The scorecards from that morning were ceremoniously burnt in a borrowed wok," said Max "and the ashes were sealed into a small wooden casket which is kept in the cup and remain there today."

A presentation dinner is held each year on the nearest Saturday to bonfire night with the Cavaliers and their wives attending.

Max added: "The convenience of just turning up on a Saturday morning and being ensured of a game with good friends, without the need for prior arrangements, is the strength of the group.

"A bond of good sportsmanship and dedication to Rushmere Golf Club has always been present."

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