President’s Report

This year’s Tassie was a memorable event from many points of view. For a start, because there were not enough entries (despite all Pip’s efforts to drum up more teams), The Berkshire was not able to allow us to use both golf courses. This meant that there would be only one round of golf, so the Committee decided to completely change the format and make it more of a “jolly”, especially as it could have been the Tassie’s swansong. Pip had announced her retirement as organiser and we had been desperately appealing for a volunteer to take over from her, to no avail.

In order to give everyone as much golf as possible we decided on a St Andrew’s Foursome, giving each player the chance to drive at every hole on the Red course, which is well-known for having six par threes. In the end, we had 21 teams of four and this was probably the maximum number of players who could be accommodated on one course, from two starting points.

It was a glorious day and everything went very smoothly. During lunch, I handed all the captains a resume of the situation in which we found ourselves and two possibilities of new venues – Sunningdale Heath (formerly Ladies), where the Tassie originated and Burhill. As the morning’s golf format had proved so popular we added in a third choice of staying at The Berkshire, but perhaps having a four-ball better ball. The forms were all handed back to me after lunch and there was an overwhelming majority in favour of staying at The Berkshire with this format.

Pip has done a wonderful job of organising the event and she was most warmly thanked at prize-giving and given a gift as a token of our appreciation. We are delighted to report that Jo Giddins (from the winning team St George’s Edinburgh) has agreed to take over, with help from Charlotte Hampel.