The Old Cheltonian Golfing Society By Simon Collyer-Bristow (BH, 1977)
Cheltenham qualified for the finals of the Grafton Morrish at Denham GC. Only 47 public schools, plus the holders, out
Family Affair at the Autumn Meeting. Dan Rees (Xt,1955) Morgan Rees (OJ & Xt,1988), Henry Rees (Xt ,1959) and Aled Rees ( OJ & Xt,1982) of 106 progress from the regional qualifying rounds. This indicates the competitiveness of the Grafton Morrish compared to the Halford Hewitt which comprises the same 64 schools every year. In the first round of the finals at Hunstanton GC Cheltenham lost ½ -2½ to Loughborough GS. Sadly it was not a full strength team as only three Halford Hewitt players were available. For senior OC golfers the G.L. Mellin Salver team (age 55+) lost to Loretto 1-2 in the first round. The Peter Burles team (age 65+) had more success with wins against both Loretto 11⁄2 -1⁄2 and Sherborne 1-1, winning on the first sudden death hole, before losing to Bedford 1⁄2 -11⁄2 in the semi-finals. The Edward Harris Cup is played for
About the OC Golfing Society Open to golfers of all abilities, the OC Golfing Society is one of the largest and most active of the OC Sports Clubs. Most of the Society’s fixtures are open to all members and offer an excellent opportunity to meet other OCs and play on some of the country’s best courses. It is relatively inexpensive, as most golf clubs offer us preferential rates against those normally charged to visitors. Our Under 30 members are eligible for a subsidy from the Cheltonian Society which reduces the cost of participation still further. We boast a membership from recent leavers to those with seven decades of experience and with a wide range of handicaps. The Society enter teams of our best players to represent College at the major meetings of the Public Schools’ Golfing Society and the Public Schools’ Old Boys Golf Association being the Halford Hewitt and Grafton Morrish. We also enter teams in the G. L. Mellin Salver for senior golfers, Edward Harris Cup and Midland Public Schools’ Meeting. We have informal matches against other public school golf societies and a match against College. At the annual Autumn Meeting there is the opportunity to duel for some marvellous and historic silverware. For more information or to join, please contact: Angus Baillie (L, 1994) on email@example.com
annually by the Welsh Public Schools’ Old Boys (and their neighbours who border Wales). The venue this year was Ross-on-Wye GC in Herefordshire where Cheltenham finished 4th. The Autumn Meeting took place at the picturesque Huntercombe GC near Henley-on-Thames in aptly autumnal weather conditions. There were a good number and age-spread of OCGS members, together with three College boys and Jon Mace, the Master in Charge of Golf. The course was in excellent condition with some very fastrunning, undulating greens. Morgan Rees (OJ & Xt, 1988) won the individual Lysaght Cup with 36 stableford points with Hugo Snell (L, 2010) and Alistair Thomson (L, 1967) winning the Founders Cup afternoon stableford foursomes over 11 holes with 25 points. Alistair won the prestigious Jumbo Trophy for the best aggregate on the day with 65 points. The OCGS retained the Peter Gale Salver at Huntercombe GC following a wellfought halved match 4-4 against the Old Marlburian GS. For the first time in a number of years the Peter Currie Plate was not retained losing 1-3 to the Old Shirburnian GS at Tidworth Garrison GC. There were also enjoyable but losing matches against the Old Wellingtonian GS and Old Decanian GS. The final match of the season was a convincing 4-0 win by a young OCGS team against the College at Cotswold Hills GC. Angus Baillie (L, 1994) has taken over as Hon Sec of the OCGS and our thanks to Charlie Elliott (H, 1989) for the many years he has done this job. ■ 67
The Golfing Society has enjoyed a full list of fixtures but with only modest success in the leading public school tournaments. The Halford Hewitt team was led for the first time by Andrew Morris (Xt, 1992), who took over the captaincy from Peter Richards (H ,1988), and included two new players, James Rock (NH, 2006) and Harry Brothwood (L, 2014). Cheltenham won their first round match against the Leys 3-2 but then lost 1-4 to a strong Repton team. Both James and Harry acquitted themselves well and will be strong members of the team for many years to come. At the other end of the scale Jeremy Caplan (Xt, 1959) was playing his 88th Halford Hewitt match in the first round, an astonishing 55 years since his debut in 1962. As in past years two or three first team players were not available, but a Cheltenham team at full strength, with some very good young players coming through, can be a major force in the Halford Hewitt and Grafton Morrish in the years to come.
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