The OPGS had a great day of golf and catching up at the OPGS summer meeting on Wednesday the 7th June. The venue was Beaconsfield Golf Club, a challenging course with large greens but plenty of hazards to catch you out .
15 OPs turned up, bright and early ,and after a quick coffee set off to compete for the Presidents Cup, a single stableford competition . The fairways were running fast and the greens were in fine condition and it took a few holes for everyone to find their form. In the end Jasper Fulford-Dobson, with 35 points , won on countback. Also on the same score were Ken jones and William Skinner
For the first time we also competed for the Terry O’Neil Memorial Trophy. Terry was a very loyal and enthusiastic member of the OPGS and a past winner of the President’s cup. Sadly, he passed away earlier this year but in his memory his daughter Susie, wished to donate a prize that could be competed for on an annual basis. Richard Givan found a silver cup and it was suitable engraved. The Trophy was awarded to the golfer who had the lowest score on the final 9 holes of the morning round. The inaugural winner of the trophy was Ken Jones who was 3 over par.
We also competed for the longest drive and the nearest the pin in the morning round. Ken Jones was the longest and Richard Parrett was the most accurate.
It was a hot morning round, and everyone was relived to have some time inside and be treated to plenty of refreshments and a feast of a lunch. We were joined for lunch by our OP Chairman, Phillip Plato, who very generously keep us well hydrated. It was great to have his support and to get the current news of the OP Society and of The College.
It was during lunch that the pairs were drawn for the afternoon foursomes. We compete for the Stephen Walker and Simon Broome Memorial Bowl, a competition played over the first 10 holes of the course.
The competition was fiercely fought, and the winners were Jasper F-D and Peter Lowe. They managed 24 points which was a superb effort. Peter was delighted to win the bowl again as he last won it in 1984 , whilst still a cadet at The College. In those days cadets joined the OPs at their summer meeting and were paired up with an OP for the afternoon foursomes.
After a closing prize giving and a few more refreshments everyone went on their way. It was a cracking day and much enjoyed by everyone. The OPGS very much hope to return to Beaconsfield again next year and I will forward the date to you once it has been confirmed
The OPGS next meeting is our match against The College Pupils on the 20th September. This will be a team event playing in a 4 ball better ball format.
The 15 who attended were
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