The Match Play Events
THE THOMAS PYM SALVER
The Thomas Pym Salver is affectionately known as ‘The Pym’ and is the club’s principal match play event.
The Silver Salver is presented annually to the winner of the match play singles knockout competition. It was donated to the Club in 1947 by Mrs. V. Williamson in memory of her husband,‘Pym’. Thomas Pym Williamson was appointed secretary, aged 33, on 21st October 1903 at an annual salary of £175 plus lunch, but not including liquor.
He held the office until 1941 and as the Club’s longest serving secretary, Pym played a major role in ensuring that the Club was recognised as a Championship course, hosting its first Open Championship in 1926 and The Amateur Championship in 1935. Pym was also a founder member of the Senior Golfer’s Society and District Representative for Lancashire.
Previously, Pym had been an actor and had toured America with Lillie Langtry as well as South Africa with Owen Nares. As secretary, Pym invited many great theatrical stars of the day to the Club and, by all accounts, entertained them royally.
Soon after he died on the 13th November 1941, Bernard Darwin wrote in Country Life that Pym had been ‘an affectionately regarded monument at the Club’ and that, ‘It is impossible to think of the traditional friendliness and hospitality there without thinking first and foremost of him. He was an admirable secretary, making everyone feel at home, getting through his work with the maximum of efficiency and a minimum of fuss. The change to a St. Anne’s without Pym will be hard to get over, for he stood for so much.’
The Pym Salver is a singles knock-out competition with each round played over 18 holes.
The final is played over 36 Holes on a date to be agreed by the two competitors.
In the event of a tie after 18 or 36 holes, play proceeds on a ‘sudden death’ basis until there is a winner.
Entries close on the 28th of February.
The handicap allowance is the full difference between handicaps.
Play is from the Red Course distance plates and takes place during the summer months with the Final to be played by the week-end of the Victory Trophy.
Prizes for the Winner and Runner-up are presented at the Annual Dinner.
THE WINTER FOURSOMES
(EDDIE MUSTY PUTTER)
On 19th February, 1979, members of the club gathered to pay tribute to Eddie Musty, a great club servant of twentyseven years. ‘Eddie’ was club professional from 1951 to 1978. In a moving speech D. K. Lennox stated, ‘By his many kindnesses and unfailing courtesy to visitors as well as members, he has enhanced the name of Royal Lytham and has never failed to put our interests before his own’.
Son of golfing professional from Painswick, at the age of 13 he played to a 2 handicap left handed. His father, believing there was no future for a ‘wrong way round professional’ sent him to be a footballer at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Fortunately for golf he sorted himself out and turned himself round! And with his club-makers hands and footballer’s legs he became an accomplished professional golfer, travelling the circuit with such notables as Dai Rees.
The advent of the 2nd World War saw him join the RAF as bomber crew but due to terrible leg injuries he was ‘discharged’ and returned to become an accomplished golf club maker. When Arnold Palmer’s driver was damaged during the Open at Lytham, Eddie made swift work of the repair. For 20 years he was a senior coach to the PGA and in 1971 was elected ‘Club Professional of the Year’.
On being offered the opportunity to captain the PGA he declined on the grounds that ‘it would take me away from the club too often’. On retirement, he was granted the highest award the club has of Honorary member and 1st Honorary professional.
At the conclusion of a wonderful evening, the club presented Eddie with a magnificent silver salver in appreciation of his exemplary service, but as always he reciprocated with so much more and handed over a Bobby Jones ‘Calamity Jane’ putter used by the great man himself around the course in a Championship practice round. This is now presented annually to the winners of the Winter Foursomes Competition The Winter Foursomes is a knock-out competition with each round (including the final) played over 18 holes.
In the event of a tie after 18 holes, play proceeds on a sudden death basis.
Entries close on the 30th September.
The handicap allowance is half the difference of the combined handicaps.
Play is from the Red boxes and takes place during the winter months with the Final to be played before the Spring Meeting.
Prizes for the Winners and Runners-up are presented at the Annual Dinner.
THE LEIGHTON TREASURE SALVER
In 1982, on the recommendation of Council, it was proposed that an annual mixed foursomes match play competition be added to the competition schedule for members.
After careful deliberations the naming of the trophy was recommended to reflect the achievements and work undertaken by a previous captain of the Club, F Leighton Treasure. He had served the club in many capacities and was appointed Captain in 1960. A nationally recognised authority in antiques, much of the exquisite carpentry, display boards and cabinets on display in the Club are a testament to the dedication and services he gave of his company to the club.
He was instrumental in establishing and commemorating the championship-winning shot of Bobby Jones from the fairway bunker of the seventeenth in the 1926 Open (see Bobby Jones Iron above), and on hearing of this honour, Jones wrote to the Captain expressing his deep affection for the Club and its members.
The Leighton Treasure Salver is a mixed foursomes knock-out competition with each round (including the final) played over 18 holes.
In the event of a tie after 18 holes, the match proceeds on a ‘sudden death’ basis Entries close on the 28th February.
The handicap allowance is half the difference of the combined handicaps.
Play is from the Red boxes (Men) and the Orange pyramids (Ladies).
Men play from the first tee.
The Final is to be played by the weekend of the Club Mixed Foursomes.
Prizes for the Winner and Runners-up are presented at the Autumn Dinner.
COMPETITIONS ENDING IN TIES
In the event of a tie in the BOBBY JONES IRON, the TAIT MEMORIAL MEDAL and the four GOLD MEDAL competitions, the winner will be decided by an 18 holes play-off on a date to be arranged by the Handicap Committee.
In the BOBBY JONES IRON competition the handicaps used in the play-off will be those in force at the conclusion of the competition, i.e. following the conclusion of the last qualifying round.
In the TAIT MEMORIAL MEDAL competition the handicaps used for the play-off will be those used in the original competition.
Every effort will be made to find a play-off date suitable to all the participants, normally in a subsequent competition. However in the event of difficulties, the Handicap Committee will decide a date for the play-off, and that decision will be final.
There is no requirement for the players involved in a play-off to play together.
A tie in the SILVER IRON COMPETITION will be decided by a sudden-death play-off on the day.
Ties in all other competitions will be decided in accordance with the Regulations of the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs:-
In Medal, Stableford, Par and Bogey Competitions, ties shall be decided as follows:
In competitions over 36 holes or more, over the last 18, 9, 6, 3, 1 holes in that order and if there is still a tie on individual holes starting at the first hole of the last round.
In competitions over 18 holes or more, over the last 9, 6, 3, 1 holes in that order and if there is still a tie on individual holes starting at the first hole.
In a handicap event where the tie is to be decided over less than 18 holes each competitor’s handicap shall be apportioned over the relevant number of holes under consideration, e.g. over 9 holes half the handicap, over 6 holes one third etc.
If there is still a tie after applying the above rules, the tie shall be decided by lot in such a manner as the Committee shall determine.