Golf

OL GOLFING SOCIETY

Other than the misfortune of last year we have been playing the Spring meeting at Worplesdon for as long as I can remember, and we were determined to get some OLs out this year. It was a great day and really good to get back together with OLs after so long.

OL Golf Spring Meeting

Champion on the day was Hewitt stalwart Nigel Munn, the only player below handicap – well done Nige, great play on a favourite course.

Only a couple of days after our Spring Meeting, Nigel was once again in action leading our six-man team in the qualifying round for the Grafton Morrish at Knowle Park on 8 May. Nige takes up the commentary - “On a cold, showery, blustery Saturday afternoon, OLGS's windswept representatives (Nigel Munn (Field’s 1979-1984), Ru Dennis (Sankey’s 1999-2004), Rob Harker (Teme 1994-1997), Ollie Kenning (Second’s 2000-2005), Ralph Brunjes (Gibbs’ 2001-2006) and Jack Cheeseman (Head’s 2014-2019)) did battle with 19 other schools to try to qualify for The Grafton Morrish Finals. The scoring by most of the competitors was very low, which sounds good in golfing terms, but not in the scoring format used for this event. Unfortunately, Lancing's scoring was also very low: in fact it was low enough that we now have a free weekend in early October!”

On 22 June Nigel Lloyd, Simon Hodgkinson, Oliver Harris, Nick Muckherjee, David Reid and Charles Mackendrick took on the Old Radleians in a 6-aside foursomes match over 36 holes at New Zealand Golf Club. Nigel and Simon battled hard in the morning but eventually lost out while Oliver and Nick came up against a very in-form ORs pair while David and Charles surprised themselves by largely keeping the ball in play to enable OLs to go into lunch 2-1 down. After lunch Nigel switched to the ORs, therefore Simon played a battling single only missing out over the last few holes, Oliver and Nick returned to winning ways while David and Charles were eventually overcome by the accuracy of OR’s star man and lost the deciding match on the 16th.  Overall a great day wonderfully supported by the staff at NZGS and no disgrace in going down by four matches to two against a strong Old Radleaian side.

Halford Hewitt

The Lancing College Scratch Team were pleased that the 98th Halford Hewitt tournament took place between 9 and 12 September. In line with tradition but not timeline, the Hewitt draw took place at The East India Club on Tuesday 29 June. 

If anyone would like to be a part of the OL Scratch Golf Team please do not hesitate to get in touch with Ralph Brunjes - olhalfordhewitt@outlook.com, and for more information on sports most competitive and social amateur tournaments, visit https://www.halfordhewitt.org/

We will update our events list when we are able to confirm the dates but these are the provisional fixtures. OLs are always welcome to join the OL Golfing Society please email Charlie Mackendrick, OL Golfing Society Secretary, for full details -  charlie@mackendrick.plus.com

Friday 1 – Sunday 3 October Grafton Morrish Finals (Captain: N Munn) Hunstanton, Royal West Norfolk GCs
Wednesday 6 October OLGS Autumn Guest Meeting West Sussex GC