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.
Sussex Schools Trophy
OL Golf was delighted to have some new blood in this year’s scratch team to play in the Sussex Schools Trophy at West Sussex towards the end of September with Eric Brünjes playing for the first time and Simon Wright back in the fold after a spell abroad. The full team featuring three of the six Princes Plate winners were:
- Ross Gilbert (Head’s 1996-1999) and Simon Wright (Second’s 2001-2006)
- Ralph (Gibbs’ 2001-2006) and Eric Brünjes (Teme 1998-2003)
- Rob Harker (Teme 1994-1997) and Nigel Munn (Field’s 1979-1984)
As the name suggests this event pits four Sussex Schools teams (Hurst, Brighton, Eastbourne and Lancing) against each other over two rounds. It’s developed into a thoroughly enjoyable competitive outing played in great spirit and as a warm up for the Grafton Morrish Finals which sadly Lancing, alone out of the four teams, was unable to qualify for this year. This did add an extra edge to the occasion and Lancing came within a whisker of lifting the Trophy after winning four of their six matches and only missing out by ½ a point after Brighton failed to hole a short putt against a strong Hurst on the last hole. Lancing still lead the way overall with five Sussex Schools wins but Hurst (with four) are now in hot pursuit.
The Halford Hewitt
That’s it for this year’s OL Golf but there’s always 2020. The first event will be the Hewitt trial in early March. The Halford Hewitt was founded in 1924, and is competed for today by the old boys of 64 English and Scottish public schools.
Any single figure OLs who would be interested in trying out for the scratch team (if they have a handicap under 5) should contact Captain Ross Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OLs are always welcome to join the OL Golfing Society please email Charlie Mackendrick, OL Golfing Society Secretary, for full details - email@example.com