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Wednesday, 27 April, 2011

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Marco Penge (Worthing GC)
pictured at
Princes Golf Club

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This is a very prestigious torunament which Jonathan Bell, Ollie Fisher, Justin Rose have all won.

The 'Laddie' Lucas Spoon History

P.B. ('Laddie') Lucas, donor in 1989 of the Spoon which bears his name and the youngest of a family of five, was born at Prince's Lodge, Sandwich Bay,
adjoining the original clubhouse, on September 2nd 1915. His father, Percy M Lucas, twice Norfolk amateur champion, was co-founder, with
Sir Harry Mallaby-Deeley, of Prince's Golf Club in 1904 and the principal architect of the course on which Gene Sarazen, the American, won the
Open Championship of 1932 with a four round aggregate of 283. Percy Lucas was also the first secretary of Prince's serving for 23 years from the
start of the club until his death in 1927, aged 65.

After winning the British Boys' championship at Carnoustie in 1933 and finishing first British amateur in the Open Championship at Muirfield two years later,
'Laddie' Lucas went on to win tournaments and international honours. Aided by his upbringing at Prince's and his family's long association with the club,
he represented his country on a number of occasions. In 1936, 1947 and 1949 he represented England against Scotland, Ireland and Wales. In these
same years he was a member of the Great Britain and Ireland Walker cup teams. 1949 saw his outstanding talent recognised with the captaincy of the
England and Walker cup teams.

If it were not for the intervention of the Second World War, when he served with distinction in the Royal Air Force, he would undoubtedly have gained
further international honours between 1939 and 1945.

The little Hickory shafted spoon, which is now played for annually at Prince's by 8-13 year olds, boys and girls, open to all, was the first
prize 'Laddie' Lucas ever won in a competition. He won it, aged five years and eleven months, in a Junior Open Event for under thirteen year
olds at North Foreland where the professional, Abe Mitchell, had it specially made for him by his clubmaker.

 
 

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