OL Golf Society Autumn Meeting 2019

The OLGS Autumn Meeting again took place at West Sussex Golf Club in early September. For the umpteenth year in a row, the large field of members and guests were greeted by warm autumn sunshine that prevailed throughout the day.

In 2019, West Sussex Golf Club was rated the 10th best course in England by Golf World magazine and it is a fine test but as many members know it plays relatively short. The expectation therefore was that the strong field made up of golfers playing off single figures or handicaps in the teens would score heavily in the morning Singles Stableford competition. However at the end of a dry summer the course was playing fast and it was accuracy rather than length that was essential particularly as failure to find the fairway would more often than not result in an encounter with the brutal heather. Those who were able to remain patient scored best and overall the course held its own.

Congratulations go to Edward Carter who narrowly pipped Duncan Lindsey to win the Autumn Cup both with scores in the mid 30s while first and second guests Tony Cloake and Mike Gannon scored similarly. After another fine WSGC lunch Duncan was then able to retain his form in the afternoon Foursomes competition partnering brother Alistair to a fine win for the Macadam Trophy.

At the prize giving ceremony there was also a special presentation made by Chris Martin, our long-standing Treasurer and former Secretary. Chris had recently unearthed a fine golfing figurine donated to the Society many years ago which had formerly been presented to members for exceptional deeds for the Society. On this occasion it had been agreed that Ross Gilbert, our scratch captain who has been moulding his team for a number of years, was a worthy receiver after the team’s magnificent win in the Prince’s Plate competition earlier in the year.

Many thanks to all those members and their guests who attended this year and especially to the team at West Sussex who consistently make the OLGS Autumn Meeting such a splendid occasion.

OLs are always welcome to join the OL Golfing Society please email Charlie Mackendrick, OL Golfing Society Secretary, for full details -