Last Thursday a visitor to the club was in the Members Room looking at our Honour Boards. Col Collins and I were talking to him and it turns out that the visitor was Mr John Fitzhardinge, a grandson of Mr R.B. Fitzhardinge.
R.B. Fitzhardinge is prominent in our club's history. He was elected as Captain in 1939. It was the first year that captains were elected at our club - prior to this the captain had been appointed by each new year's committee. Mr Fitzhardinge was captain through to 1940 when he tendered his resignation to the committee.
Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Captain versus Captain fixture this Sunday. Early next week we'll work out an alternate day for it. we had around 40 to play in the event with many booked in for the Sunday Roast lunch. The rain was very welcome even through the golf has had to be rescheduled.
John Fitzhardinge pointing out his grandfather's name
The committee did not accept his resignation and he stayed as captain until 1947 when he then became president for three years. Later he became Patron from 1957-1965.
He was a gifted athlete. He coached and was stroke in the Australian rowing crew that went to the 1912 Olympics - he was also a cross-country runner, winning a number of three and five mile events.
John Fitzhardinge's father was also a member of the club, being club champion in 1947 and 1950. John, I understand , took up golf three years ago and is a member of Manly Golf Club where his wife has been a member for some 33 years.
Roger Fitzhardinge had a stable in Burradoo, just to the south-west of Chisholm Hill. Incidentally Brian Lamb bought a horse bred by him some years ago.
A return match for the Bruce Smith Cup is being held at Moss Vale on the 27th Sept. The previous match was held at Bowral earlier in the year when Moss Vale scored a convincing win. A sign-up sheet will be in the pro-shop this coming week
A four of ducks putts out on the 18th with the field backed up behind them - lovely weather for some