Wigan Group retain the Mike Wareing Trophy
Members of the Wigan and District Masonic Golfing Society were delighted to retain the Mike Wareing Trophy at the annual golf day held at Hart Common Golf Club. The aim of the society is to raise money for local and Provincial charities, whilst having fun and exercise in the fresh air.
The Mike Wareing Golf Challenge is an annual match between the Wigan Society and their counterparts from Chorley, and is always a very pleasant event, worthy of the memory of Mike, so highly regarded in both golfing and Masonic circles.
The annual match takes place at Hart Common Golf Club, due in no small part to the generosity of the owner, Peter Roberts, who kindly gives back the green fees paid by the competitors to be given to charity. It is usually held in the August sunshine, but this year’s match had to be re-arranged following overnight rain which left the course waterlogged with no prospect of getting the competition off the ground. It was on one of the hottest September days in 100 years that the two groups met again in friendly rivalry.
Due to the re-arranged fixture, the Chorley Group were depleted in numbers, so organiser George Seddon, in consultation with his Chorley counterpart Mike Silver, magnanimously agreed, in the cause of fair play, that the best four scores from each team would decide the winner. It was Wigan who came out the victors in a closely contested match. There were six visiting golfers, with Tom Ledson leading the scoring, whilst Geoff Whittle from the Wigan Group had the best Masonic scorecard.
There then followed a fine meal, lots of friendly banter, and a presentation. It is the custom in this event for the group chairman of the losing side to present the trophy to his winning counterpart. Geoffrey Porter, Wigan Group Chairman was therefore delighted to receive it from Peter Locket from the Chorley group, watched closely by George Seddon and Mike Silver.
George was glad to announce that the beneficiaries from the money raised and retained from the event were to be a First Aid charity called ‘Chorley’s Angels’, the Standish Lip Reading Service and Silverline.
The societies have, over the years, supported Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Derian House and the Mayor of Wigan’s ‘Heartbeat’ appeal, and have jointly donated in the region of £3,500 during the 10 years since the challenge started.