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The season concluded with a meeting at Sandy Lodge, near Watford, on 11th November. We seem to be fated with this course since we planned to play there in March, but it snowed! We thus re-arranged our meeting for November, to take advantage of winter rates as the green fees in the summer are pretty steep. However, the weather was dire with rain forecast for the morning but the possibility of it clearing in the afternoon. Nine hardy golfers thus turned up and started in the rain. Sadly the rain, instead of easing, intensified and it was agreed to curtail the event which stopped after eleven holes. The meal was brought forward and the service and food were excellent. Further, the club agreed to rebate some 15 per head since the greens had started to flood and had become unplayable.

 

The course was excellent and by popular agreement it was decided to stomach the high summer costs and play it in 2014. The winner, after 11 holes, and based upon countback was yours truly, shading out Tim Westbrook.

 

In October we had the traditional three man team event at Brookmans Park. The course was wet and muddy with penal rough. Some nine teams took part and the winning team was captained by Alan Nowell, one of our long term associate members. He is a Brookmans Park member, as was one of this team. The runners up were a Brookmans Park team. Clearly local knowledge counts!

 

Sadly, early in the year, we lost one of our best players, Don Bucknall , and just before Christmas we learnt of the untimely death of Howard Cox, a well respected and popular long term associate member. Both will be missed.

 

Our two matches this year were a disappointment as we lost (again) to Old Tollingtonians, and lost to the Stationers Company – the first time in four meetings.

 

The away trip in August at Boston West was a resounding success. Some fourteen people attended. The course was flattish but interesting and the accommodation was excellent. All this for 65 per head, which included two rounds of golf, dinner bed and breakfast. We shall be hard pressed to find a better venue next year.

 

The Pairs Trophy, played for at Redbourne GC, was won by Ray Humphries and David turner, whilst the Shield was finally won by Bruce Kitchener who beat Dave Sheath, our current President, and your esteemed Secretary, into joint second place.

 

All in all a good year. Suggested venues for 2014 will be circulated shortly. Meanwhile I wish you a Very Happy New Year and let battle re-commence in April 2014.

Peter Bonner
Secretary to OSGS

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2012 End of Season Report

We have just completed our last fixture of the 2012 season with the team event at Brookmans Park. It has been a good season.

The away trip in early September to the Wiltshire, attended by some fourteen golfers and wives, was rated a success. The course near Royal Wootton Bassett was tricky and favoured steady golfers. The winner, for the second year running, was Jan, David (Archivist) Turner’s wife, who was presented with a Cleveland Lob Wedge for the best overall score across the two days (65 points).

In late September we played the final Shield event, for the champion golfer of the year, at Redbourne GC. The meeting was dedicated to the memory of Charlie Cruden, and a short eulogy was delivered by Mike Hasler, followed by a collection for a cancer charity. Some 67 was raised. The course was in spectacular condition since a county match was due there the following day. The reception by the staff was exemplary and the whole event was most enjoyable, despite the cruel 600+ yard 18th. The event doubled up as a match against Old Owens. OS won for the fourth year in a row and retained the trophy. John Taylor achieved the rare accomplishment of a hole-in-one at a nasty par three across a deep ditch to an elevated green.

The Champions Shield was won by Tim Westbrook (again!), who just edged out our Vice-President Dave Sheath (KSG) on countback.  

The final event of the year was at Brookmans Park GC, where teams of three compete against each other. It was won, for the second year in succession, by the Alan Hudson and Tim Westbrook aided this year by John Taylor. Your secretary’s team was second. It was a tough day for golf with wet and moody weather; & the scores for the winning teams reflected this (76 points for Alan’s team – compared with 82 last year).There were eight teams competing including a team from Old Owens.

All in all a good season, with wins against the Company and Old Owens - and a draw against Old Tollingtonians. The courses were interesting; numbers were usually good, and the company was excellent. 

An email has been sent out to all members to gather views on next year’s venues.

Peter Bonner
Secretary to OSGS

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2012 Mid-season Report

Just prior to the Olympics the OSGS held its fourth 2012 meeting at The Hertfordshire. This was a shield event. The society has three such events each season; the best two scores in these events per player count towards the champion golfer competition and the winning of the champions shield, donated by the OSFC in 1923. 

The event was nearly dry with a short downpour for some 10 minutes. The course gradually increases in severity with the last six holes proving a severe test of competence. The par five 17th is particularly tough, where the fairway narrows between woodland and slopes down to a wide lake. The green is elevated some distance beyond the far side of the lake. A par is an excellent result. Perhaps the unluckiest player was Tim Westbrook who hit two tremendous shots, the second of which cleared the lake but hit high up in a tree on the far bank of the lake. The ball was never found and Tim had to take a penalty, but still recorded a six!  

The overall winner on the day was Neil Clydesdale – Peter’s son, and the top Old Stationer was David Sheath, our new Vice President, who took time off from his stay in Malta. 

To avoid the usual suspects hogging the Longest Drive, we dispensed with this and awarded a prize for nearest the pin in two shots on the 7th. This was won by Don Bucknall. The nearest the pin (in one) was won by Colin Walker on the 11th.

The current standings for the Champions Shield are as follows:

P Bonner

24

25

D Buckknall

30

23

P Clydesdale

17

18

P Engledow

28

20

M Hasler

17

31

B Kitchener

28

27

H Perry

-

16

K Ranger

-

27

R Rufey

31

18

R Saunders

25

29

D Sheath

26

34

A Taylor

-

21

J Taylor

-

21

D turner

27

27

C Walker

-

25

T Westbrook

26

31

The next meeting is the away trip at the Wiltshire. Further details for those attending will be issued next week. On 26th Sept we have a meeting at Redbourn. This is a match against Old Owens. At the suggestion of Anthony Richards and a prompt from Bruce it is intended to dedicate the meeting to Charlie Cruden, a keen supporter of both the Golf Society and the Association. There will be a collection for a Cancer Charity and a few words and toasts will be conducted in his memory.

I hope you can all make it. It is the final shield event of the year.

Peter Bonner
Secretary to OSGS

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2011 Season

As we approach July the Society has had three meetings in April, May and June and are preparing for the match against the Stationer’s Companys’ Freemens Association on 29th June at Charles Cruden’s club – Bush Hil Park G.C.  

The initial meeting in April was the first of three rounds to decide the OS Shield. It was held at South Herts. GC – a fine club and an excellent course. Harold Perry is a long time member there and was Captain for the day.  The results illustrated that the course was pretty tough. The winner on the day was Dave Sheath with Don Bucknall runner up. These were very creditable results as Don plays off 9 and Dave 11.  

The full results were:
Dave Sheath 33 points Charles Cruden 25 points
Don Bucknall 32 Alan Hudson  23
Peter Bonner 31 Bruce Kitchener 23
Colin Walker 30 Roger Rufey 22
Tim Westbrook 29 John Taylor  19
Tony Taylor 29 Peter Clydesdale 19
Roger Engledow 27 Harold Perry 15

Two associates and two guests also played. Despite a poor overall result Harold won the near the pin, whilst Dave Sheath won the longest drive.   The second round of the Shield championship will take place at Dyrham Park GC on 27th July.   In May we were challenged to a match by the Old Tollingtonians GS. This is the first time we have played them and the match was held at Hatfield London Country Club (Essendon). We paid a premium to play on the ‘new’ course – traditionally reserved for (Japanese) members. It is a superior course and was remarked upon as such by all the players.   The scoring for the match was ‘cross country style’ i.e. the scores of the top six players only counted. In the event our turnout was poor with only 9 players to OTGS’s 10.   Old Stationers lost by a whisker, their top six scoring an average of just over 33 points, whilst OTGS scored an average of just over 34 points.   In early June the Pairs Trophy was competed for at Letchworth GC – a new course for the OSGS. It turned out to be a very good test of golf. The winners of the Pairs Trophy were Alan Hudson and Roger Rufey, who scraped home by a single point from a pursuing pack.   After the next shield event we have agreed to play Hoddesdon Cricket Club. Their organiser for golf is Colin Munday – an Old Stationer. This will take place on Wednesday 10th August at Brickendon Grange GC – where Roy Saunders is a member. Please note the change of date for this – not now 11th August as previously provisionally advised.   In passing it is to be noted that most of the good courses have raised prices well above inflation levels this year. We book in January, and pay a deposit, but it is noticeable that by mid- year several courses make special offers at reduced prices. It may well be that for 2012 we reserve dates but leave the booking of course until later in the year to obtain better prices.  

Peter Bonner
Secretary to OSGS

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2010 END OF SEASON REPORT

FIXTURES

Date

Course

Tee off time

Notes

14 April 

Mid Herts GC

a.m.

Trophy event

12 May 

Manor of Groves GC

a.m.

Trophy event

15 June

North Middx. GC

a.m.

Pairs event

14 July Croham Hurst GC p.m.

Match v Freemans

22/23 August

Away Weekend (Ufford Park GC)

Sunday/Monday

2 round competition
14 September Mill Hill GC

11.30 a.m.

Trophy event
28 October

Brookmans Park GC

a.m.

Team (3) event

24 November

Mill Green GC

a.m.

Match v Old Owens

 On 24th November we completed our last fixture of the season with a match against Old Owens at Mill Green Golf Club. It turned out to be a glorious winters’ day, albeit cold. The trophy, which had been won by Old Owens for the last two years, was captured by Stationers who recorded an average of 30.3 points, compared with 27.8 by Old Owens. Notable rounds were Colin Walker (38 points), who won the individual prize - and Roger Engledow (35) third.

The Society currently has some twenty three members and the annual subscription, which pays for the trophies and prizes, is a modest 15. We lost a few members this year – Mike Saunders, Charles Cregor and Chris Wilkins, but have had three associate members join , including  Peter Clydesdale’s son.

In total we played seven fixtures this year and in addition had a very pleasant away trip to Ufford Park in Suffolk.

Several new courses were tried. Mid Herts was the first, but was not voted as a good course, with poor greens. Manor of Groves was felt too tricky by some, but is not long. Both these two were trophy events, and after this Tony Taylor was the leading contender.

We played for the Pairs Trophy at North Middx. GC in June, followed by a match against the Freemans Associations at Croham Hurst GC in Kent.  The M25 was problematic that day and several members had to travel across London to get there. Don Bucknall sadly neglected to take account of the congestion charge and finished up with a 60 fine! However, we won by a very close margin despite a gale and rain for the first nine holes. The OS team all scored over 30 points – a remarkable performance.

In August the away trip (two days) was a great success with seventeen participants, including seven wives – two of whom played. Tony Taylor won over the two rounds. The cost (excluding prize find) for two rounds, dinner, bed and breakfast (sharing) was a remarkable 89.

September saw the last of the trophy events at Mill Hill GC. Titanium Tony failed to challenge for the ‘toilet seat trophy’ and was beaten by Tim Westbrook with a spectacular 37 points on a difficult and wet course. Congratulations go to Tim.

In October we had our now annual team event at Brookmans Park GC. It is a long course and if it is wet the ‘seniors’ amongst us find it a tough challenge. We had a record entry of fifteen teams of three, which included six Brookmans Park members’ teams. In the event local knowledge prevailed and a BP team won. However, their combined score was only 79 (best two scores out of three per hole) and the pack were very close behind.

The programme for next year – 2011 – will be prepared in January. Already we have had a few suggestions for courses, some new, others old favourites.

So don’t eat too much, practise your swing - and get ready for April 2011!

Peter Bonner
Secretary to OSGS

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