Stephen Shaw, an OSGS Member and Member of Tandridge GC just south of the M25 near Oxted in Surrey (Moser’s 56-61), is the architect of this Fixture between Shrewsbury, Dulwich and Tonbridge Old Boys.
The Match has been running since 2012 – Four Pairs from each School play in a 4 Ball Better Ball Stableford Format Match against each other at Tandridge. The Old Alleynians have won five times! The Old Tobridgians won in 2016 and The OSGS finally won in 2018!!!
Therefore, last Friday a team of eight OSGS Members namely: Stephen Shaw, Michael Smart, John Bolton, Peter Renshaw, Charles Shaw, Simon Cullingworth, Simon Shepherd and Charles Hill gathered to defend our title. We met with the other Old Boys for a drink before one of those famous Tandridge Lunches – The carvery was great but the Pudding Table was spectacular – so much so that both Simon Shepherd and Charles Hill both had to go back for seconds!
The photograph below shows L to R: Stephen Shaw, Michael Smart and Peter Renshaw infront of the Honours Boards in the Clubhouse holding The Trophy which is a framed Picture of all three School Crests.
Post our Lunches we set out in our 4 Ball matches to tackle the Tandridge Golf Course – described as a Harry Colt classic in the Surrey countryside. This celebrated Golf Architect created this delightful course in 1924. There are spectacular views of the Surrey North Downs and the High Weald, with the front nine running along relatively gentle land and the back nine sited in more rolling and dramatic terrain. We were lucky with the weather as it stayed dry, albeit it was quite windy and the rain came down hard after we all got in.
Pictured below are L to R Johnny Allbrook, Hon Sec OT & Charles Shaw OSGS, with an amazing view of Surrey towards Kent.
In the Clubhouse after the golf whilst refreshments were taken the result was announced:
Old Tonbridgians – 152 Points
Old Alleynians – 147 Points
Ols Salopians – 142 Points
An Old Alleynian Pair were also presented with two Tandridge Engraved Whisky Tumblers to celebrate their top overall score of 42 Points for the day.
Unfortunately, The OSGS did not manage to hold onto our Trophy for a second year – it could be said “less pudding and more putting practice!” might have improved our overall result. Nonetheless, this was a great fixture played in a fantastic spirit amongst some friends from other School Golfing Societies.
The OSGS Team would like to thank Stephen Shaw for all his efforts in arranging this fixture along with Michael Smart, OS, another Tandridge Member for hosting and looking after us all so well.