Golf club marks trophy milestone

GORLESTON Golf Club celebrates the centenary of its oldest piece of silverware on Easter Sunday, writes David James. Donated on June 8, 1909, by Great Yarmouth MP Sir Arthur Fell, the cup was for the first four years a twice-yearly bogey event.

GORLESTON Golf Club celebrates the centenary of its oldest piece of silverware on Easter Sunday, writes David James.

Donated on June 8, 1909, by Great Yarmouth MP Sir Arthur Fell, the cup was for the first four years a twice-yearly bogey event.

Then after the May 1912 competition the cup vanished - before mysteriously appearing in the clubhouse more than 60 years later in 1974.

In 1911 one of the tournaments had been cancelled, probably due to a dense fog bank which covered the east coast for five days.

The original golf course of nine holes has long since disappeared under houses - the golf club moving to its current home on the cliffs south of Gorleston in 1913.

After some research, the committee of the day decided to reinstate the event commencing on Easter Sunday 1975, remaining faithful to the original bogey format.

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Since its restoration the cup has been played for on 34 occasions, each competition yielding a different winner with the exception of four-handicapper Kevin Woods, the winner in 1989 and 1999. This year could be his opportunity to equal DS Robertson's record of three wins, with each victory separated by a decade.

Sir Arthur, who was Conservative MP for Yarmouth from 1906 to 1922, will be remembered at the golf club

on Sunday.

A keen golfer, oarsman and sailor, Sir Arthur was invited to become the club's first president following his election to Parliament.