2015 Golf Week

Hello Everybody

Many thanks to all who attended our annual ‘Golf Week’ down in Devon & Dorset last week.

We numbered 18 ageing but nevertheless highly enthusiastic golfers during the week - some of whom are regular players, others not so regular - and were able not only to play 5 different courses but also to sample a multitude of different West Country beers amongst other things... ‘twas all good fun...

Our first game of the week was against The Old Tauntonians at Taunton & Pickeridge G.C., where sadly we went down by 3 matches to 2. This is an annual match where we always play ‘Away’ - maybe next year we should try and make it a ‘Home’ fixture, eh...?

On the Tuesday we played our OHGS Championship, for the Peter Ward Trophy, at Lyme Regis G.C., with 17 of us teeing off on a superb day on the Jurassic Coast. The competition was won by Hamish Macgregor, no stranger to this event and a past winner, with a most creditable score of 37 points. John Pagliero with 36 points and Peter Heron with 35, finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. The ‘Nearest the Pin’ prize was claimed by David Reynolds, some would say surprisingly, and much to the chagrin of Richard Heard, the ‘Longest Drive’ belonged to John Pagliero. A ‘First’ maybe and, if so, one for the Guinness Book of Records - the final foursome comprising Long, Page, Heron and Pagliero, all made birdie 3s (no gimmies, honestly……) at the par 4, 9th hole……has this ever happened before…….? However, the ‘Stars of the Day’, it has to be said, were Nigel French who organized proceedings so expertly and diligently, and Giles Blomfield who must have taken more photographs than a paparazzo visiting his first naturist holiday resort...

That evening, 26 of us sat down to our celebration and prize-giving dinner at The Royal Lion in Lyme where, happily, we were also joined by some of our regular ‘non-golfers but supporters’, some golfers wives and some former Allhallows masters together with their wives. The evening was seemingly a success and ended with some equally enthusiastic joke telling….Peter Heron to the fore...

On the Wednesday we went, once again, to Exeter G. & C.C., for our annual match against The Devon Dumplings. On a day so excellently organized by Mark Hunt we sadly came 2nd again, by a score of 5 matches to 1, nonetheless a great time was had with our Dumpling friends most of whom we have known now for many, many years. Mark, however, did win the post-dinner joke telling... with only about half of us having heard it before...

The Thursday outing was a new one in the OHGS calendar at East Devon G.C., in Budleigh Salterton. The course was great, the weather was wonderful, in spite of the arrival of a touch of South Devonshire mist first thing, the post-golf grub was splendid and the 9 of us who played had a super day, vowing to return next year with a little more local knowledge than perhaps we had on this occasion.

Friday, our fifth day, was an addition to the ‘Week’ and meant as just a bit of fun really. Only 5 of us attended at Axe Cliff G.C., a course that some of us remember from our school days all those years ago. We managed just 9 holes before the ‘Rousdon Mist’ gave way to some torrential rain, so we all gave it best and headed for home on a rather grey and holiday traffic-filled evening.

I hope, and believe, that all who attended throughout the week returned to their loved ones happy, well drunk and thoroughly fed up, so to speak...

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