Fifth JJ Paine Trophy event to be hosted at Windsor Golf Club

LOOKING BACK: Golfers from the 2015 JJ Paine Trophy event dressed in their period clothing. Picture: Steve Doorey
LOOKING BACK: Golfers from the 2015 JJ Paine Trophy event dressed in their period clothing. Picture: Steve Doorey

TEA and scones with a hit of golf is just the stuff that was ordered by the doctor and as it happens, the annual JJ Paine Trophy event is on again.

History and golfing enthusiasts will dress up in period clothing and use old fashioned hickory golf clubs on Monday, May 4, at the Windsor Golf Club.

The event is a nod to the history of golf in the Hawkesbury, according to Barry Leithhead.

The self-described amateur golf historian said this was the fifth time the event had been run.

“Golf is an old game, and golfers recognise the foundation of the game they play today,” he said.

“A picnic game of golf in 1905 got golf going in Windsor, and we have this event as a thank you to those who took part in it.”

The event is named after former Mayor of Windsor John Jackson Paine, who opened a match in 1905 at the back of the Rum Corps Barracks, which about 20 golfers took part in.

The match marked the first serious attempt at organised golf in Windsor at the time.

Leithhead said participants would have some tea and scones before playing the back nine holes at Windsor Golf Club, in full period style dress.

Following the game, which was played with the pre-1940s hickory clubs, there would be lunch.

“The old hickory sticks are not easy to play with but that is the way we get the feeling of how far we have come in golf,” he said.

Leithhead said anyone interested was more than welcome to attend, and should contact the club for more information.