The society is one of the oldest in England, having been formed in 1921
The society is one of the oldest in England, having been formed in 1921.
The vision of its first President, Mr Philip Curry the manager of the White Star Line (of Titanic fame) in Southampton, was to further friendly relations in the Port via the Golf Courses.
Since those magnificent days, many of the major shipping lines of the day are now a distant memory; however the vision has not changed.
By 1923 the society had over 100 Members and still has today.
The Society today.
Comprises around 100 Members who, each year, enjoy six wonderful summer golfing events in convivial company during the period May to October.
The venues selected are among the best in the region and we are able to offer excellent prices to Members on top of a small annual subscription to cover administration costs.
Our playing season ends with the AGM and Annual Dinner at which some 44 trophies are presented in addition to the Prizes awarded at the end of each competition day.
Four of the annual event comprise an 18 hole individual Stableford followed by a two course meal and prize presentation.
We have two additional 18 hole meetings, a President's Day and a Guest Invitational competition.
The role of President is rotated to a different Member each year.
Opportunities exist for Members to entertain guests at events throughout the season and this has proved to be an excellent way to introduce new Members.
A shipping link is no longer a prerequisite to membership.
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Southampton Shipping Golfing Society
The Society was inaugurated in 1921, which makes it one of the oldest in England.
The vision of its first President, Philip Curry the manager of the White Star Line (of Titanic fame) in Southampton was to further friendly relations in the Port via the Golf Courses.
Since those magnificent days, many of the major shipping lines of the day are now a distant memory however the vision has not changed.
SSGS putting competition September 1930 our first President and one of the founders Mr P Curry Is seated in the centre of the front row with fellow members at Stoneham.
In April 1924 it was reported in the White Star Magazine that a Shipping Companies Golf Tournament was first organised in 1921, for which the White Star Line gave a handsome silver Cup.
Mr P. E. Curry local manager for the White Star Line was elected as the first President and by 1923 the society had over 100 members.
During the Second World war the society was suspended for 6 years until it was re-constituted in 1946, when it held a revival meeting at the old Polygon Hotel which was attended by a large number of both old and new members representing many activities in Dockland.
The Blitz of Southampton in 1940 destroyed all records held by the society at that time and created a quite remarkable piece of SSGS history. The then secretary Bill Dixon had entrusted the safe keeping of the trophies during the War years to Parkhouse and Son.
On Saturday 23rd November their shop in above bar Southampton was totally destroyed by enemy bombs and Bill Dixon was informed that all our trophies had been destroyed.
Some three months later Harold Parkhouse managed to obtain a permit to erect a temporary prefab building on the site, he employed a firm of contractors to clear the tons of rubble from the basement, who during this activity came up against a fairly solid block to one side of the near wall.
This turned out to be a solid rectangle of Brown paper bought in the early months of the war, which would have been one of the most difficult things to burn, it had also been protected by all the rubble that had fallen on it. To their amazement once this had been removed there on three shelves were the SSGS trophies all intact, but black as ink.
To this day our Society maintains many of the traditions established all those years ago, including the annual putting competition for ex Presidents.
1978 Captain G.Pow
1979 A.R. Boult
1980 J.B Williams
1981 G.J. Johnson
1982 D. Buckley
1983 H.G Baker
1984 J.B. Davies
1985 P. Ridyard
1986 MD. Purgavie
1987 A.R. Jones
1988 H.W Parkhouse J.P
1989 R.J Evans
1990 P.J. Penfold
1991 J. Millington
1992 A. Kent
1994 R.E.A Bayley
1995 R. Logan
1996 Captain J. Lofts
1997 R. S Aitken
1998 C.A McClure
1999 R.C Bridges
2000 M.B Wells
2001 J. Bull
2004 D.H. Corbett
2005 R.G. Sinclair
2006 P A Burden
2007 W Hutton
2008 D P Hughes
2009 J E Cutler
2010 D A d'Arcy Hughes
2011 R J Treherne
2012 L.R. Coleman
2013 J. Gatrell
2014 T.R.F Stockley
2015 K Howarth
2016 G Angas
2017 R Gribble
2018 R Hallett
2019 L Hudson
2020 D.J Howard
2021 Gp Capt N Brewer
2022 D.J Howard
2023 P.P Wintle
The prospective VP will be nominated and seconded following a procedure in which the Committee will draw up a short list of candidates and collectively agree, in Committee, the order in which they should be approached. Once a prospective VP has been determined he will be proposed and seconded for election at the AGM. Members have the right to nominate other candidates as long as they are duly proposed and seconded and, in such circumstances a vote may need be taken at the AGM to determine the preferred candidate.
The roles of Committee Members within the Society
The Southampton Shipping Golfing Society was
founded in 1921. It has a membership that currently fluctuates between 100 and
130 and meets six times a year usually at golf courses in Dorset, Wiltshire,
Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex.
The Society is managed by a committee which
consists of: President (Chair), Vice President, Secretary, Membership Secretary,
Competitions Secretary, Treasurer. Additionally, members maybe co-opted onto the
Committee during any year and may serve as such until formally elected at the
The SSGS is structured so that at the end of his
year in office the Vice President will be proposed to the members by the
Committee at the AGM for election to the position of President. Accordingly,
members who are elected to the post of Vice President will be expected to serve
two years in addition to any time that they may have served previously as a
The Vice President’s major function is to observe
and support the President.
Committee Members are assigned responsibilities in
line will the skills they are able to offer the Society.
These role descriptions have been developed to
inform members who would like to apply for a position on the Committee what the
duties and responsibilities will be involved.