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 those awarded at the end of each competition day.
Four of the annual event starts with a morning 9 hole Greensome, followed by a light lunch.
The afternoon is an 18 hole individual Stableford followed by a two course dinner 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.
THE ROLES OF VICE PRESIDENT & PRESIDENT
The Southampton Shipping Golfing Society (SSGS), 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 next AGM. 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 committee member. The Vice President’s major function is to observe and support the President.
This job description has been developed to inform members who would like to apply for the position of Vice President what the duties and responsibilities of this post and that of President will involve. They are: -
1. Out of preference to have served upon the Committee for at least one year prior to taking up the position of Vice President.
2. To attend as many of the Committee/ Sub - Committee meetings and SSGS Events as possible.
3. To support the President in his role as Chairman of the Committee and as the public representative of the SSGS.
4. To be involved with any marketing initiatives for the SSGS.
5. To get to know members and discuss any issues they may have when the opportunity arises at the venues throughout the year.
6. To be prepared to assist the Competitions Secretary at any of the venues.
7. To assist the Committee Members in organising the arrangements for and management of the AGM and Annual Dinner.
1. Out of preference to have served upon the Committee for at least two years prior to accepting the position of President.
2. To identify and manage a charity of his choice, if appropriate.
3. To chair all Committee meetings and communicate with Committee members and Committee venue management as necessary.
4. Following an initial discussion with Committee Members, to canvas the selected candidates for nomination for the position of VP.
5. Coordinate with the Competitions Secretary and the Master at Arms to manage the Prize Giving and any charitable contributions at each of the Society's Events.
6. Work with the Competitions Secretary to arrange and coordinate the Presidents Day Competition, Prizes and dining arrangements.
7. To bring Members concerns to the notice of the Committee.
8. Set up and coordinate any Sub Committees in order to address any concerns raised by the Membership.
9. Be the figure head for the Society at external events and generally raise its profile wherever possible.
10. Coordinate any marketing initiatives in order maximise their effectiveness.
11 Organise the Presidents Putting competition and lunch and issue invitations for same.
12 To coordinate all the inputs to the arrangements for the AGM and Annual Dinner
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.
New Members Welcome
The Society is always pleased to welcome new members.
We pride ourselves on being a friendly and social group of golfers who enjoy playing some of the best courses in central southern England.
To become a member you need only be nominated by an existing member. Alternatively, if you are a member of a bona-fide Golf Club and have an handicap of 24 or less you may contact the Membership Secretary (Email Membership) to request an application form.
In this case the procedure will be for you to play with a Committee Member so as to be introduced to the Society.
Once membership has been approved by the Committee you will be given full access to all pages of the website.