Last Thursday, 8th September, the College travelled to The Dyke Golf Club for the annual match against the Old Brightonians. The sun shone, but a fierce wind was blasting across the downs, making conditions tricky for all parties.
The Autumn meeting last year was held in October at Puttenham Golf Club, a little gem full of glorious autumnal colours tucked away near Guildford and where one of our longer-standing and loyal members has held just about every office a Golf Club can offer. We don't think (and hope he hasn't) been Head Chef, but that is about all!
The following letter is in response to comments made by Christopher Pett (H. 1962-67) in his golf report of the Summer of 2006.
Please remind young Christopher Pett that Aldrich House had plenty to shout about in 1962. We had recently moved from the anterooms of the Hall into the main body of the College, and under Geoff Lees’ “really” canny guidance, Aldrich was proving it could challenge the dominance of the boarding houses in all aspects of school life.
The OBGS annual Spring meeting was held at West Sussex golf club as an early preparation for members of the Halford Hewitt squad.
This year's Autumn Meeting was held at The Royal Ashdown Golf Club. A strong OB presence was guaranteed with the influx of the "Class of '84" comprising, Duncan Shaw (D.1979-84), Justin Wash (B/C. 1979-84), Tony Nash (S. 1979-84) and Ben Stott (R. 1979-84). The Class of '84 were made most welcome, showed true class by staying away from the winners' enclosure, clearly had a great time and promised to come again with increased numbers!
A first round draw against Canford offered some ground for optimism that we would progress this year. As is usual, there were some players unavailable that we might have liked to include, though we still raised a fair team of mostly middle single-figure players. Unfortunately, hopes were dashed again. In a very stiff north-easterly wind that made maintaining rhythm extremely difficult and the front nine at Royal Cinque Ports seriously testing (many a good drive failed to reach the third and fifth fairways), we went down 5-0, though not without some individual heroics. The fact was that Canford's highest handicap was lower than all but one of ours!