OW Golf Society Report

The society’s AGM and Annual Dinner are scheduled for 12th March 2018, with the AGM taking place in the Raeburn Library and dinner in the Old Library. This is a great chance for potential new members to learn about the society and enjoy an excellent dinner in the company of friends.

At the dinner we will hold the draw for the 2018 Challenge Cup, a knockout competition open to all members. This represents a great opportunity to play other members’ courses; the player drawn first has the choice of venue (often of course his own club), and the loser pays the green fee (hence everyone pays one green fee, apart from the ultimate competition winner!) Within an overall timescale for each round, you can play matches whenever convenient to yourself and your opponent; so even those whose time for golf is normally limited to weekends are able to participate. Indeed last year’s winner, Paul Harrup OW (1986-93), is a good example of this!

As for the rest of the season, our Open meetings are scheduled as below:-

April 19th Captain’s Day meeting Kingswood
May 23rd Hornsey Walker Cup meeting Banstead Downs
May 23rd Veterans’ Cup meeting Banstead Downs
July 18th President’s meeting The Addington
August 31st Autumn Cup meeting Betchworth Park


A word on the Halford Hewitt. This famous competition, contested by the same 64 schools each year, is played as scratch foursomes by five pairs from each school, in a knockout format. This year Whitgift has been drawn to play the first round at Royal Cinque Ports GC, Deal, against Downside, whom we have played only once before – a victory in 1938! The match will start at 2.10pm on Thursday 5th April; readers might be interested enough to come down to Deal and support our team.  If so, there is also the opportunity in the same week to play themselves. At Littlestone, reasonably nearby, the Peter Kenyon Bowl (4th-6th April) is open to any society member of any of the 64 participating Hewitt schools. This is also a foursomes event, played off a maximum handicap of 18, so contact the secretary (see below) to express interest and he will endeavour to find you a partner.

Anyone wishing to play with and/or join the society should contact the secretary at peterbgale@sky.com.

Peter Gale OW (1963-69)
Honorary Secretary