Winner of Peter Ward Trophy
The OH West Country Golf Week
The first leg of the Western tour was at Taunton and Pickeridge against the Old Tauntonians. We were blessed with good weather and the support of Nigel French who walked round some of the holes. The opposition had the advantage of either being members of the course or being well acquainted with it. However, we did well to give them a good game going down three matches to two. Afterwards, we were entertained to a late lunch, at which Richard White, our captain, gave a vote of thanks.
Bridport was attended by ten players who struggled with the rough which is currently quite severe following plenty of rain followed by fine weather.
Local knowledge must have had some bearing and John Harper won the Peter Ward trophy, and also longest drive. OH golf rules prevent one player winning two prizes so prize for longest drive was given to next up who was Hamish MacGregor. Roger Hopkins was nearest the pin on the sixth.
The third leg of the tour saw us at the picturesque Exeter Country Club against our old rivals and friends, the . It was a beautiful day and the golf was played in a splendid spirit. It was a very close affair, the OHs going down once again by 4-2. We were entertained afterwards to an excellent supper at which our non-playing captain, Mark Hunt made a very amusing speech. It had been a very good day spent with old friends from the past.
A small band of OHs turned up to join the South West dentists for their centenary golf competition. John Pagliero, whose brother organised the day, was concerned about a shoulder injury and headed off to A and E, so we happy breed of men, numbering five in all, set off together.
What none of us had appreciated was that we would be competing using hickory shafted clubs! During the game, John Palin and Paul Zealey left us, and so Roger Hopkins, David Danskin and John Harper were left to carry the flag.
Sadly, we did not acquit ourselves well, and poor David lost many balls whilst trying to hit his drive with a club head which was not much larger than the ball. Is it called a niblick? Some of you old codgers out there may remember. Only Roger and John stayed for part of the dinner, But David and Roger need to be congratulated for staying since they had to head back afterwards to Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, expecting to get home near midnight. Quite a sad end to our week, but it certainly was different!
OHs who took part in one or both of the matches were: Richard White, Hamish MacGregor, John Harper, John Palin, Peter Heron, David Reynolds, David Danskin, Jeremy Page, Paul Zealey, John Pagliero, Roddy Long, Roger Hopkin and Stuart MacGregor
Betchworth GC. July 22nd
White Pairs Challenge
On a hot afternoon 7 OHs gathered at Betchworth GC near Dorking Surrey for the inaugural pairs challenge .
Phil Tuck had the advantage of a caddy with son Felix pulling the trolley
By a narrow margin of 1 point Phil and Roddy managed a win over Andrew Sanders whose score was doubled as sadly he played as a singleton
Others who took part were Richard Heard, Paul Zealey, David Danskin, and Kit Magrath.
Betchworth GC was considered very worthy of another visit next year for the venue of the White Pairs.
OH Golf at North Hants GC
On Tuesday 2nd September with the sun shining a collection of OH golfers gathered to compete for the Bowden Trophy. Newcomer to the golfing scene was Nigel McMullen (B64- 68) who entertained us with his tales of the music and disco world.
The final scores were all very close with John Harper losing out to Roddy Long by one point!
The trophy could not be awarded as we are not sure where it is and indeed who won it in 2013 Any clues would be most welcome?
Our next fixture is on Tuesday October 14th at Puttenham GC near Guildford.
John Pagliero will be sending out notices soon.
Those playing: Brian Clark, Jeremy Page, Roger Hopkins, John Harper, Nigel McMullen & Roddy Long