This is the most coveted golf prize in the City inter Livery golf year. It was first introduced in 1927 at Walton Heath. That was the year in which Prince Arthur of Connaught was invited to become a guest of the Coachmakers’ Livery Company and then went on to accept the Freedom and Livery of the Company later that year. He was subsequently elected Court Assistant and showed such an interest in the Company that he became Master in 1932.
His admission in 1927 to the Coachmakers was a great honour and to commemorate the event, the Master, Arthur Hungerford Pollen, presented the Coachmakers’ Company with the Prince Arthur Cup – an impressive silver gilt trophy that would be competed for annually by the Livery Companies of London in a foursomes’ golf tournament.
Over 50 Livery companies (200 golfers) compete for this trophy every year at Walton Heath, with a foursomes format in a bogey competition; this is the largest amateur golf competition in the country! The Lightmongers have competed for this trophy for many years and this year under the captaincy of Neil Gates entered a team of four players.
It is a particularly difficult competition over 36 holes (2 rounds) and this year was won by the Cutlers, with the Lightmongers team of Neil Gates, Roger Rawson, Gerry O’Donnell and John Otten came 5th one of our best results ever – congratulations to the team!