Par for the bores

The Third Inter-Chambers Golf Competition was held the other week. The secret behind the recent merger creating Field Court Chambers came out, as its team of two barristers, Michael Joy and Jonathan Pennington Legh, and clerks Ian Boardman and Mark Townsend, emerged victorious.

The win came despite Joy’s use of an ancient, hickory-shafted three wood, thus belying all those claims that technology ruins a sport. But then the event was organised by the Barristers Clerks Golf Society, which dates back to the 1920s.

Last year’s winner Valios Boardman Chambers was pushed into second place by Fountain Court Chambers. Meanwhile at the other end of the spectrum, there were red faces at 5 Paper Buildings, which came bottom of the heap, losing even to 9 Bedford Row, which could only rustle up three players.

Naturally, barristers being barristers and clerks being clerks, the event was celebrated in suitably raucous fashion afterwards, although Tulkinghorn is reliably informed that no golf club etiquette was breached.