OL Golf Society report 2017
by Bruce Gear, Hon. Secretary OLGS

2017 was the year that Muirfield finally voted overwhelmingly to admit women to their club.  As our Society is averse to prehistoric and outdated traditions, we welcome women and men of all abilities to join our very friendly group of golfers.  As an incentive to new members aged 30 or below, the Society will subsidise all the Meetings that you attend. So please don’t be shy, come and join us at one or more of the great golf courses booked for 2018.  We have about 50 members of all ages and handicaps but one thing unites us all – we love playing golf, enjoying spectacular courses and having a very sociable time with our fellow OLs

Reflecting on the past year, our season started back in March with Captain’s Day at West Byfleet Golf Club. Nestled amongst some illustrious neighbours, this is a lovely golf course which drains and plays very well in wet conditions. The forecast warned of storms which discouraged some from attending. However on the day we were fortunately presented with warm, dry weather. The winners in our pair’s format and the inaugural Sparrow Pairs Challenge Cup were Bruce Gear and Nick Marchant. Next year’s Meeting will be held at Liphook and is open to guests, so this is a great opportunity to come along with your buddies, catch up with old friends and certainly make new ones!

The Spring Meeting was shared with our friends from the Old Dovorians and once again held at Littlestone.  Thankfully the course was bathed in beautiful April sunshine. Ian Bond was the overall winner of the morning’s competition and is the very well-deserved custodian of the Hyland Fling.  After a hearty lunch, Charles Crawford and Stephen Molloy won the Beney Bowls in the afternoon’s foursomes competition.

In the middle of 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 between the ODs and OKS, the Douglas Jervis salver was successfully won by the Old Dovorians. The company ensured that a great time was had by all and we look forward to challenging for the winner’s enclosure in 2018.

Also in May, Knowle Park hosted the regional qualifying round for the Grafton Morrish. Our three foursomes teams of Tim Dodd and Chris Cagney; Paul Bailey and Stephen Molloy; Charles Crawford and Neil Cossey, unfortunately missed out on getting to East Anglia for the 2017 finals.

Our Summer Meeting, which is traditionally held at North Foreland, presents an opportunity to invite guests to a great day out. In the morning, we play the Championship Course and this year’s winner was one of Paul Bailey’s guests, Julian Pickstone. The leading OL and subsequent holder of The Hinge trophy was Neil Cossey. After a hearty lunch, we partook in a slightly less arduous stroll around the Northcliffe Par 3 course. The team winners of The Blake Cup competition were Neil Cossey and David Knox.

In early July, Walton Heath provided the perfect summer’s afternoon setting for our annual match-play duel with the Old Paulines.  Diplomacy prevailed with the match halved – 5 ½ points each. As holders, the Old Paulines retained the trophy.  After the contest, Bob and Harriet Gray kindly invited everyone back to their lovely home for drinks and a delicious barbeque.

Eleven souls attended the meeting at Redlibbets which was bathed in glorious early September sun. Our thanks go out to Stephen Billings and the staff at the club for their kind and generous hospitality. Patrick Robinson was triumphant on the day taking home the Sammy Cup.

A field of sixteen descended on Knole Park for our Autumn Meeting.  This is a great venue with a course that always drains and plays well for this time of year. The winner of the morning’s competition and Katrina Plate was Paul Bailey. In the afternoon, the pairing of Neil Cossey 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 Charles Crawford. The Founders trophy was awarded to Paul Bailey and Stephen Molloy for their leading contribution at the Grafton Morrish qualification competition.

In general, attendance for the year’s Meetings was good with the addition of some new faces. We’ve made a few changes to the 2018 Fixture Card which we hope will encourage a few more OLs to join us for what promises to be another fun packed year of golf for the Society.

For more information about the Old Lawrentian Golf Society, you can join our Facebook Group which can be found at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1682912801920625/ or you can email: bruce@jfasolutions.co.uk for more information.

Bruce Gear

Hon. Secretary OLGS
07936 895770

Copyright St Lawrence College 2018