The George Long – Tunnard-Moore Golf Competition is played for annually by two members from the same Lodge playing a four ball game against a pair from another Lodge. It is open to pairs from every Lodge within our Province. The competition was inaugurated in 1925 and a silver trophy presented by Charles Tunnard-Moore, a Past Master of the Loyal Hay Lodge, has been played for continually from that year apart from a period during the 1940s due to the Second World War. All proceeds from this competition are put to very good use by the Hereford Masonic Charity Association.
The 2019 event took place on Friday 10th May at the Burghill Valley Golf Club with the players from Vitruvian, Royal Edward and Cantilupe teeing off at 12.30pm in fine sunny weather. Unfortunately those conditions were not to last and during the afternoon the competitors were treated to heavy showers putting their waterproofs to a thorough test. Sadly, the weather defeated some of their wet weather clothing.
Regardless of the conditions there were some happy, smiling faces in the clubhouse at the end of the afternoon, everyone having enjoyed themselves, particularly during the dry spells!
The competition this year resulted in a clean sweep for Vitruvian Lodge, John Sherahilo and David Taylor being the winners with another pair from that Lodge, Nigel Gibbs and Kim Hampson, as runners-up.
On this occasion, I was most indebted to Kevin Protheroe, of the Arrow Lodge and a regular competitor and former winner of this competition, for the assistance he gave me in making sure that ‘all went according to plan’. Kevin had offered his assistance after learning that the regular organiser, David Jones, was unable to be present due to illness.
The 2020 competition will take place at the same venue on Friday 9th May in which players from all Lodges within the Province of Hereford are invited to take part.