WELCOME TO THE MAPLE LEAF STRIKERS GOLFING SOCIETY WEBSITE
For anyone wondering who we are – we’re a group of Ontario based golfers who have participated in the LUCIFER Commonwealth Golf Tournament that is held annually in London, England each July.
Our goal is to enjoy the same level of camaraderie that the Lucifer Golfing Society enjoys within our membership and to extend a similar level of hospitality to our golfing friends in England and to other golfers that have participated with us in the Commonwealth tournament.
To become a Maple Leaf Striker, one must have competed in the Commonwealth tournament. This allows you to fully comprehend the exceptional effort made by the members of the Lucifer Society to make all competitors feel welcome. Whether they are arranging a tournament that is a good test on world class venues or organizing a black tie dinner at the Savoy which climaxes days of incomparable goodwill, the commitment of the Lucifers to friendship and good spirit is ever present.
After many years of discussing the concept of a Canadian golfing society that mirrors the Lucifer Society, the Maple Leaf Striker Golfing Society was founded in 2015. Our name was derived from our sister societies in both England (the Lucifers) and Australia (the Swan Vestas ). When the Lucifers were founded in 1921, they originally proposed calling themselves the Match Club. However that name was already taken and the title ” Lucifer ” was adopted- lucifer being the slang for a striking match used in the trenches in World War 1. In fact, “Lucifer” is referenced in the song from this period (“Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag“).
” Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
And Smile Smile Smile
When you have a Lucifer to light your fag
Smile Boys, That’s the style “
Consistent with this theme, the Australian “Swan Vestas” are named after a brand of matches in Australia during the same period.
When naming our new Canadian golfing society, we wanted to retain the history of our sister societies as well as having a distinctive Canadian flavour that is recognizable world wide. Maple Leaf was the obvious choice and Striker had the dual connotation of “matches” as well as a dynamic golf action. It’s not critically important what the name is- it’s what it stands for. We want to have a level of camaraderie, fun golf and hospitality that makes all other golf societies wish they were Strikers!
After many late evening meetings in various pubs in Great Britain and Canada – four “volunteers” humbly accepted their initial roles as Founding Officers and began to enlist other participants from Ontario who had played in the Commonwealth tournament. It was expected that each would be willing to make best efforts to attend one of three events per year – and hopefully all, these being a Spring tournament, the Commonwealth tournament and a Fall tournament.
Our volunteer Founding Officers of the Executive Committee are :
Colin Fraser : Captain
Ted Clarke : President
Ori Rotstein : Secretary
Bob Bass : Treasurer