OWGS July 2021 Newsletter

OWGS July Newsletter


Dear Ashley,


Hopefully you have had the chance to get out and enjoy the brief spell of Summer weather.


This email newsletter covers (1) the OW Summer Meeting, (2) Report from the Bernard Darwin where we finished runners up, (3) Report from Our Match against Old Blundellians, (3) membership and (4) upcoming fixtures


However, firstly we have a match against the Old Malvernians at the Berkshire on Thursday 7 October – 4BBB followed by lunch. Please contact Nyren Scott-Malden (nyrensm@hotmail.com) if you would like to be involved.


OW Summer Meeting


George Close-Brooks organised an excellent Friday at The Berkshire where around 40 OWs in total played golf / had lunch. The courses were of the highest quality; the company likewise.


This really is an excellent day for the whole society –  young, old and of all abilities. And participants are free to arrange their own fourballs if they wish.


There was a competition in the morning around the Red Course followed by series of friendly matches on the Blue Course in the afternoon.


Results for the morning competition were as follows:


Handicap stableford

1st : Tom Vernon 40 points (18 handicap; gross 84)

2nd : Nick Murray 39 points (10 handicap; gross 79)

3rd : James Walters 36 points (10 handicap; gross 82)


Scratch Competition

1st : Nick Holt – 73

2nd : George Close-Brooks – 75

3rd : Richard Sanders – 76


Some photos and video from the day can be seen here:



Bernard Darwin Report


Winchester were more successful in the Bernard Darwin this year than they have been of late. Repton, Eton and the fancied Uppingham were dispatched leaving us to face Harrow in the Final.  At this stage Mark Coulman, having won all his matches, had to leave to attend the birth of his first grandchild. Nyren Scott-Malden provided welcome cover and proceeded to extend the winning run of his partnership with David Bonsall to 4 out of 4.


Chris Fell and Charlie Hewetson lost to Jeremy Fricker and Mark Aubrey Fletcher, an ex-pro, so it came down to David Hough and Tom Hawkings who proceeded to have a good game against Ashley Brewer (who has been a top golfer) and Nick Tindall. He was a very early adopter or even pioneer of the claw putting grip and has taken it to a new level with a double claw. Tindall holed a few putts and hit some great shots which kept them in touch. The score of 2 up with 4 to go didn’t flatter Winchester. However, after some generosity on both sides this turns around with Harrow being 1 up on the 18th tee in the deciding match.


Tindall blocks his drive into the clag right; Winchester are down the middle. David Hough hits a very good wedge pin high 20ft below the hole.  They hit great shot over the water but finish short of green and can’t get down in 2. On to 19.


Hough hit a short drive right under the trees; Harrow are long and straight and only 30 yds short of the green. A Hawkings chip and run goes through the green but so does Tindall’s chip! Hough plays another excellent chip to 10 ft but Ashley Brewer nearly holes his much easier chip and they are in for 4. The Winchester putt across the slope catches the high side of the hole but fails to drop.  Harrow win!


As close as it comes.  Annoying to lose having been ahead but they played well at the end and we didn’t do anything silly!


Pictures here:



OWGS v Old Blundellians GS – Thursday 22nd July at Hockley G.C.


A significant victory was recorded by OWGS in their annual match against the Old Blundellians on a very hot afternoon at Hockley. Our team comprising the Scott-Malden brothers, David Ham, David Parkinson, Andrew Brownrigg, Tim Verity, Peter White ( an OWGS debutant at the ripe old age of 76 and the only OW member of Hockley he tells me) and the Captain Dayrell McArthur were successful by 3 ½  to ½,thus avenging our defeat of 2 years ago. Our position was undoubtedly helped by the fact that the opposition could only field a team of 7, due to one of their players being pinged for Covid the night before. Hockley was in very good condition, with very penal rough and looked after both teams extremely well.




For those that are not members, can I please encourage you to sign up.


To do so, you need to fill in the attached standing order form and for the princely sum of £25 per annum you can join.


The subs help fund the society which in turn are able to then provide generous subsidies to  our younger members. All of those that are playing in Society matches, I would encourage you to actually join the society


For those also keen, we have Society ties (which are very good quality; made by Dege & Skinner) available for £36


If you are interested then:


–        Please let me know how many (!) and your address

–        Please transfer funds to the OWGS account


Sort Code 30-00-09

A/C No. 01896568


Upcoming Matches…


We are sadly experiencing a slightly reduced fixture list for this year but do have matches remaining. Please contact match managers for spots…


–        9th – 12th September – Rearranged Halford Hewitt.

o   1st Round – 9th September at 8.25 v Sherborne at Prince’s

–        30th September – Royal Worlington – Chris Fell organising

–        7th October – v Malvern at The Berkshire – Nyren S-M organising (per above)

–        9th / 10th October – The Dick Watson Trophy at Aldeburgh – Tim RR organising

–        16th October – v Eton at Rye – David Ham organising

–        20th October – v New Zealand – Tim RR organising



That’s all for now…


See you soon, Nick