OW Golf Society Report

The OW Golf Society played its annual match against KCS in July at Royal Wimbledon. This is always a pleasure to play, and this year was no exception. The opposition is tough, however, and KCS retained the Chris Edge memorial salver with some ease, although two of the four matches were lost only on the 18th.

Early August and a field of 28 took to the heather-lined fairways of Hankley Common, near Farnham. This is a super course, one of the best in Surrey, and we had weather to match; brilliant sunshine. Hankley has added some subtle touches to the normal golf experience; for example, the white crosses marked on certain trees are not there to signify some arboreal disease requiring felling, but instead to act as a visual guide to help golfers such as ourselves track a stray shot into the trees and heather, and help to locate the ball. Several of our members might be recommending similar assistance at their own clubs.

This event was to contest the Hornsey Walker Cup, now in its ninetieth year, and, for the over 65s, the Veterans Cup. Thanks to last year’s winner, Robert Hollidge OW (1957-64), the Hornsey Walker Cup has been skilfully refurbished, and will now rest in the tender care of Martin Down OW (1960-64), who blew away the opposition with a score of 39 points, five clear of the field. After a slow start, Martin scored level par over the last fourteen holes. Second, and winner of the Veteran’s Cup, was Paul Champness OW (1958-63), with 34 points, and on the same score but third on countback was Alan Scovell. Many thanks again to John Gould who masterminded the organisation of the day.

We play our last main meeting of the season at Royal Ashdown on Sunday 25th September. Anyone wishing to join the society should contact me (peterbgale@sky.com).

Peter Gale OW (1963-69)
Hon Sec, OWGS