A special competition in the Haywards Heath Golf Club calendar

Picture shows, from left:  Ladies' Captain, Rosemary Parvin, and Jo Watters presenting the winners, Club Captain, Derek May and his wife Kathy, with the Bill Watters Quaich and their prizes.
Picture shows, from left: Ladies' Captain, Rosemary Parvin, and Jo Watters presenting the winners, Club Captain, Derek May and his wife Kathy, with the Bill Watters Quaich and their prizes.

As the members of Haywards Heath Golf Club gathered on Sunday for a special round of golf, so too did the storm clouds.

Dark grey and menacing, they rumbled overhead and threatened to unload their heavy burden on the waiting golfers. We were prepared for the worst; umbrellas, wet gear and hats. However, as quickly as they arrived, the clouds dissipated to be followed by beautiful blues skies.

The competition is a rather special one in the Haywards Heath Golf Club calendar. It is held in memory of a former Captain of the Club, Bill Watters, who was a Scot and apparently fond of his Scotch. Bill’s daughter, Jo, came along after the competition to thank everyone for attending and to explain the meaning of the title of the competition, ‘The Bill Watters Quaich’. She explained that a Quaich was the name given to a drinking vessel which would be filled and shared between friend and foe alike – depicting friendship and cordiality.

The format for the competition is Mixed Foursomes Stableford and 26 pairs participated in the event. The winners, with 38 points, were the Club Captain, Derek May and his wife Kathy. In second place, with 35 points on count back, were Nick Garbutt and Sarah Brook and in third place, also with 35 points, were Martin Hubbard and Lorna Tuttle. The prize giving took place in the evening, followed by a lovely meal prepared by our resident chefs. Congratulations to our winners.