OWGS v Royal Liverpool Golf Club (Hoylake); November 2013

RLGC – John Behrend commemoration team Old Wykehamist GS
Score Score
1 John O’Neill & Anthony Shone 4&3 1 Mark Coulman & Tim Rowan-Robinson 0
2 Tony Meyer & Nick Peel 0 Chris Fell & David Wybar 5&4 1
3 Doug Norval & Rick Taylor 3&2 1 David Bonsall & Bruce Dinwiddy 0
4 Tom Sharp & Nicko Williams 3&2 1 John Adams & Charles Dinwiddy 0
Saturday 3 Saturday 1
Score Score
1 David Cromie & Tony Meyer 0 David Bonsall & Mark Coulman 6&5 1
2 Doug Norval & Andrew Renison 1 up 1 Charles Dinwiddy & Tim Rowan-Robinson 0
3 Rob McBurney & Jeremy Mounsey 0.5 John Adams & David Wybar 0.5
4 Neil McBurney & John O’Neill 3&2 1 Bruce Dinwiddy & Chris Fell 0
Sunday 2.5 Sunday 1.5
Total 5.5 Total 2.5

 

 

OWGS visited Royal Liverpool Golf Club in November 2013 and played a match at Hoylake to commemorate John Behrend on what would have been his 80th birthday

 

John was a distinguished Captain of Royal Liverpool Golf Club, OWGS and The R&A who represented Winchester in the Halford Hewitt between 1957 and 1992 and reached the final of the Presidents Putter in 1967

 

He lived on The Wirral throughout his life and left a substantial legacy to RLGC which the club spent on an extension that includes the John Behrend Room which serves as a library and a meeting room and displays John’s impressive collection of golfing medals

 

Anthony Shone, an old friend with whom John won the Calcutta Cup in the R&A’s Autumn Meeting in 1977, presided over proceedings and raised a delightful team of RLGC members, most of whom knew John well. The OWGS team consisted of all but one of John’s Halford Hewitt partners still playing OWGS golf – Charles Hall was not available and Mark Coulman, who played in the same team three times but never with him, took his place

 

We played foursomes matches on the Saturday afternoon and the Sunday morning with a dinner in the John Behrend Room on Saturday evening followed by a putting competition in the Big Room masterminded by Tom Sharp who had played against the one-legged Geoff Paine when Winchester beat St. Bees in the Halford Hewitt in 1951. Patrick Toosey, a local Old Wykehamist contemporary of John Behrend and John Adams, joined us for dinner

 

Anthony Shone and his team were generous hosts but proved too strong for OWGS on the golf course winning 5.5 – 2.5

 

Royal Liverpool Golf Club has a rich heritage which it manages extremely well and it was good to see that John Behrend is an important part of that heritage

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