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Digital Honours Boards

The digital boards are up to date, as of 29th April, 2022, including all the winners during the 2020/21 period which were not added to the wooden boards.

Background

The original wooden honours boards were taken down, for the clubhouse refurbishment, during the last Covid lockdown. I understand that these wooden boards will be auctioned, with proceeds to charity.

As announced on the SOGC members Facebook Group, new boards have now been put up in the clubhouse, in the “function room”. New acrylic boards have replaced some of the main event boards, including:

  • Club Captains
  • Club Champions
  • Section Champions: Seniors, Ladies Championship/Ladies Vase, Veterans, Juniors and Richard Lewington Trophy (RLT is a scratch event for men aged 18-55)
  • Sponsored events, including: Greenkeepers Cup, 11.5 Cup, Roschild Trophy, Woldmoor Cup, Paul Brett Cup and RLT (Richard Lewington Trophy – men aged 18 – 55)
  • Ryder Cup
  • Get Golfing Championships (last year’s events were titled “Race to Le Touquet”)

Some of the original board competitions were not included on the new boards, for reasons of space/budget/decor:

  • Order of Merit
  • Saturday League
  • The 19 Knockout Matchplay competitions, including winter and summer seasons of: 7-day, 5-day, Seniors, Ladies, (singles and pairs), Mixed pairs and Scratch.

The Hole in One board(s) will be replaced by a “Hole in One Book”, to record and commemorate  Holes in One made in strokeplay club comps and club KO matchplay competitions.

Why have digital honours boards?

I transcribed the details on these digital versions of the honours boards from the existing wooden boards, which are currently in storage.

I don’t present or defend these digital “boards” as satisfactory substitutes for the physical honours boards which are not being replaced. However, there was a risk that this vital historical record might be lost.

The digital boards were first created back in August 2021. With the help of some long-serving members’ memories, all the first name initials were replaced with the full first names of past winners (with one exception).

I have since added all more recent winners to the digital boards. I also added the Ladies’ Order of Merit winners to the series competitions board.

I will continue to keep the digital boards up to date. I understand that Ed has also agreed in principle to a digital honours board display in the clubhouse, in addition to the new physical boards in the function room. We are researching the options for this currently.

The importance of Honours Boards

SOGC members, the Committee and Get Golfing are all rightly proud of the extensive competition programme at SOGC. This competition programme is promoted on the Get Golfing SOGC website and is known to be an attraction for new members joining the club and an often-cited factor in member retention.

Getting one’s name on an honours board has always been an important aspiration for SOGC members. The honours boards form a visible historical record and permanent recognition of the winners’ golfing achievements.

All feedback is welcome. It’s easy enough to change the layouts.

JT, 29th April 2022