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Amateurs Hold Lytham Trophy Dear

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, ENGLAND | Sir Michael Bonallack got slowly to his feet and looked around the Club room in the imposing clubhouse at Royal Lytham & St Annes. He was about to give an after-dinner speech. How many of those had he delivered in his time as a player, administrator, guest of honour?
“I fell in love with this little lady in 1965,” Bonallack began, gesticulating with his right hand. “I lost her for a while and then rediscovered her in 1972. From that day to this she has never left my heart.” At this point he paused somewhat theatrically and nodded toward a lady sitting perhaps 10 feet in front of him. “I didn’t tell Lady Angela.”
Lady Angela.”
A gust of laughter spread around the panelled room at Bonallack’s joke. He was referring in the first instance to the handsome trophy he had received when he won the inaugural Lytham Trophy, and again in 1972, and in the second to his wife, herself a distinguished former amateur international. “From that day to this,” Bonallack continued, “I have held the view that the trophy is the finest in our trophy cabinet.”
The Lytham Trophy, which is now among the most important stroke-play events on the amateur calendar in Britain and Ireland, was the brainchild of Colin Maclaine, a Scots dentist practising in that town on the Lancashire coast. Maclaine was a good golfer himself and in time would be chairman of the general committee of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, a member of the championship committee and, finally, a captain of the club.


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