OSGS 58th Meeting at Trentham Golf Club, Staffordshire on Sunday 22 September 2019

Fourteen OSGS players braved the weather forecast, following torrential thunderstorms overnight, to meet at Trentham Golf Club in Staffordshire for the 58thoccasion to compete for The Storey Putter (Gross Prize) and The Tommy Hall Cup (Net Prize).

We met at 11am for bacon rolls and coffee – the course had only re-opened after the rain at 10am – so we thought we were a bit mad setting off with cloudy overcast skies and rain clearly being the order of the day.

It was great to welcome two new members of the OSGS to this meeting, Simon Gardiner a current parent and member at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake and Jasper Mitchell who left Severn Hill last Summer and has joined under the New Deal for Recent Leavers – see details of the very latest New Deal to attract younger Players to the OSGS:

New Membership – New Deal for Leavers / Recent Leavers

 Give 5 years membership to all leavers / recent school leavers for £10 per year plus email address and a Standing Order form signed.

– Free entry to 2 OS games/days a year until in employment

  • 50% reduction on all OS games/days and  until 30th Birthday
  • annual subscription remains at £10 for 5 years & then converts to standard Sub – currently £25
  • Those Leaving University are thus still eligible to apply for OSGS Membership under the New Deal up to age 25.

Back to Trentham…

However, as a result of the weather forecast, we did have the course to ourselves and it was millionaires golf for the OSGS!  You guessed it – the rain arrived shortly after we tee’d off – but very fortunately it was light and after a couple of holes the rain disappeared and it started to warm up and even get a bit muggy when the sun started to appear between the clouds.

We played from the White Medal Tees in a Medal Format in three Balls and because Trentham had played their Final Medal Competition on the day before all the Tees were pushed back and the flags on the Greens were in challenging positions – just what salopians love!

Post the golf we had drinks in the bar and Prizes were presented before we enjoyed a delicious supper of steak and ale pie followed by bread and butter pudding.

The Winner of The Storey Putter was Simon Shepherd with a Gross Score of 82. He beat Rob Bennett who also had a Gross Score of 82. They both had the same back 9 and back 6 hole scores. However, Simon’s last 3 Holes were played in 15 shots as opposed to Rob’s 16 shots.

Sadly, Simon had to leave before the Prizes were presented so the Hon Sec is busy polishing The Storey Putter to present to Simon later in the year.

Rob Bennett’s consolation Prize was winning The Tommy Hall Cup for the Best Nett with a Score of 72 matching the Par at Trentham. The Hon sec had the privilege of playing with Rob who played really well and also won the Nearest the Pin in 2 shots on the 13th Hole with a shot that finished just 4 feet from the hole.

In the photograph below President Anthony Smith is presenting the Tommy Hall Cup to a very happy Rob Bennett

Robert Lanyon came in in third place with a Net Score of 76 off a handicap of 10. Robert also won the Nearest the Pin Prize on the 4thHole.

Anthony Smith, The President, came fourth with a Net Score of 79 off a handicap of 5.

Charles Hill won the Longest Drive on the 18thHole piping Simon Shepherd with his drive. Other people hit several longer drives but they didn’t land on the fairway!

Next Year Simon Mellard is going to be Captain of Trentham Golf Club when we return for our 59thMeeting – so we are going to try and make this our AGM Meeting again and hopefully we’ll get a big attendance from OS golfers to both support Simon and this fixture.

Watch the website for details on the 2020 Fasti!

Left to Right are pictured: Julian Mitchell, Simon Gardiner, Simon Mellard, Anthony Smith, Charles Hill, Rob Bennett, Mark Ferguson, Chris Dickson, Robert Lanyon, D’Arcy Swan, Andrew Hulme, Jonty Godfrey and Jasper Mitchell on the terrace at Trentham. (Anthony & Robert are holding The Storey Putter)


Charles Hill

Hon Sec.