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OLGS Report 2014

Posted: 4th February 2015

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OLGS Report for OL News 2015

I would like to start my report on the 2014 season, by encouraging all ladies and gentlemen who have considered joining our very friendly group of golfers, to please do so in 2015. No matter what your ability, you will be made to feel very welcome. With no obligation to commit to a minimum number of meetings, our fixture list ensures that you can choose to play a variety of great golf courses as and when it suits you. Our members span many generations of St Lawrence College, so attending any one of our society’s events, could mean catching up with old friends; it will certainly guarantee that you make new ones.

So onto the highlights of the 2014 season; Captain’s Day kicked started the season, which was again held at West Byfleet Golf Club. A lovely golf course situated close to Woking in Surrey. The winners in our pair’s format were Stephen Molloy and yours truly. This meeting is open to guests, so it’s a great opportunity to join and meet members of the society in the company of good friends.

The Spring meeting was shared with our friends from the Old Dovorians and once again held at Littlestone. Paul Bailey was the overall winner of the morning’s competition and is the very well deserved custodian of the Hyland Fling, having scored an impressive 41 points off of a handicap of 4! After a hearty lunch, Mike Wisdom and Stephen Molloy won the Beney Bowls in the afternoon’s foursomes competition.

At the Grafton Morrish qualifiers, played at Knole Park, our three foursomes teams of Stephen Billings and Bob Gray; Tim Dodd and Kevin Vandrau and Charles Crawford and Neil Cossey successfully qualified for the finals, finishing in 6th place out of sixteen schools. In the finals, which were held later in the year at Hunstanton and Brancaster, Paul Bailey stepped in for Kevin Vandrau. Despite a valiant effort, we unfortunately lost to Hulme School in the opening round.

In May we played The Triangular match at Royal Ashdown, which is our annual showdown against Kings Canterbury and Dover College. A great format and fantastic venue, this is played over two rounds. In a closely fought contest, the salver was successfully retained by the Old Dovorians.

Played in early June our summer meeting at North Foreland is open to guests and always a lot of fun. This year, the format was transposed with a loosener round the par 3 Nothciliffe course followed by a congenial lunch and then a much needed stroll around the championship course. The winner of the guest competition was David Ash. The winning OL and subsequent holder of The Hinge trophy was Neil Cossey.

Diplomacy played its part in the result of our match against the Old Paulines at Walton Heath, which was halved on 4 points each. After the golf sixteen combatants convened chez Bob and Harriet Gray, to enjoy their wonderful hospitality and a delicious barbeque. Because of the conflict between the end of school holidays and the Redlibbetts meeting being traditionally held at the end of August, we moved this to the beginning of September in 2014. A healthy field of twenty souls proved that this change has proved to be popular. Paul Bailey was triumphant on the day and added the Sammy Cup to the Hyland Fling.

Our autumn meeting was again held at Knole Park; a great venue, this course always drains and plays well for this time of year. The winner of the morning’s competition and Katrina Plate was Charles Crawford. In the afternoon the pairing of Bob Gray and Andy Franklin won the Lovell Tankards, our customary foursomes competition.

The Randall Salver, which is presented to the player with the best combined scores from the Spring and Autumn meetings went to Paul Bailey. Paul was also awarded with The Founders trophy, which he shares with Bob Gray for their performance in the Grafton Morrish finals.

Attendance for all the meetings in 2014 was very encouraging. We look forward to another exciting and enjoyable season in 2015 and hope to welcome some new faces during, what promises to be, another great year for the society.

Bruce Gear

Hon. Secretary OLGS

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