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/ 17 July 2018

Record victory for Diocese of London golfers

The Diocese of London golf team has won the Church Illustrated Cup for the fifth year running, setting a new record.

The cup victory, part of the annual Ecclesiastical Insurance Inter-Diocesan golf tournament, means London surpassed Salisbury Diocese’s previous streak of four consecutive wins.

This year’s competition, on 4th July, was closely fought in very hot sunshine, with clergy from about a dozen dioceses taking part, on the King’s Course at the Warwickshire Golf and Country Club.

The morning session was reduced to only 9 holes, with a four-ball better-ball competition, while the afternoon was an 18 hole singles Stableford competition.

As last year, Revds Pat Allerton and Tim Rose played alongside the Captain, the Revd Canon Prof Richard Burridge FKC, Dean of King’s College London, with old-hand John Coles, Director of New Wine, returning to replace the Revd Jon Finch, who has left the Diocese to plant a new church.

Urgent duties prevented the participation this year of regulars Bishop Graham of Kensington and Revd Dr Andrew Emerton, Dean of St Mellitus College, with bright hopes for their return next year.

All four players played consistently well to amass the biggest team total and retain the Church Illustrated Cup.

Richard Burridge became the best scoring individual high handicapper in the Church of England, with a final total of three better than his handicap, and won the Golden Jubilee Cup.

As well as the silver trophies, all four members received Ecclesiastical Insurance laptop bags, containing Ecclesiastical-branded golf balls, towels and drinking cups.

The Sports Illustrated cup has been running since 1957, but previously London had only won four times, in 1981, 1988, 1991, and in 2010, before starting her winning streak of starting in 2014.

Besides taking London past Salisbury’s previous four-year streak, this year’s win means the Diocese now equals Salisbury’s previously undisputed nine-win record since 1957.

The London Diocesan cricket team, which also features Revd Pat Allerton, has also won the Church Times Cricket Cup for a record five years running.

Next year’s competition will be on Wednesday 3 July 2019 and details will be posted on the diocesan website events section nearer the time. Clergy golfers who would like to be considered for the squad should contact the Dean of King’s College as soon as possible.

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