OSGS Visit to New Zealand Golf Club, Surrey on Saturday 2 November 2019

The final fixture of the OSGS Fasti for 2019 took place at New Zealand Golf Club in Surrey, on a very wet and windy Saturday morning in early November. Coinciding with the Rugby World Cup Final in Yokohama, the prevailing feeling was that we might have preferred to play our vanquished opponents from the semi-final again, the eponymous All Blacks, but sadly this was not to be.

Undaunted by the weather conditions and with Club Members watching the match and resolutely not venturing forth, 8 Salopian pairs including one guest and the very welcome Dan Legge, recent Captain of Golf at Shrewsbury School, took out cards in a better-ball stableford competition against the bogey card. Whilst bogey might flatter scores on certain days, the weather conditions certainly merited a helping hand – and scoring as a result was very respectable indeed: playing for the magnificent Robert Walker Foursomes Cup, in third place but sharing both the nearest the pins and both the longest drives between them, came Stefan Hindmarsh and guest James Brady on 36 points.

Our Hewitt Captain Andy Pollock and seasoned partner Simon Cullingworth were runners-up on 37 points and two clear, taking the Trophy for 2019, came Frank Higham and Peter Thwaites with a very creditable 39 points.

Much fun was had by all, the weather cleared after 5 holes and – although we were not joined by the Old Bailey Judges at lunch this year – the Society members and guests enjoyed a sumptuous New Zealand lunch, before heading home after a thoroughly enjoyable day’s golf. Our thanks to the members of NZGC for allowing us – once again – to use their splendid Course on a Saturday morning.

This Fixture will be played again next year on Saturday 7 November 2020 – so please pop this date in your diaries – particularly if you have not yet played this magnificent course yet.

Pictured below are the Winners of the Robert Walker Foursomes Cup Frank Higham and Perter Thwaites proudly wearing their OSGS Ties in the Dinning-room at New Zealand.

The Hon Sec thanks Simon Shepherd for running the day and this report and to Rob Cutler for the photo above.

Simon Shepherd