OSGS GOLF DAY – 26th APRIL 2017 AT NORTH HANTS GOLF CLUB

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The Old Seafordians Golf Society recently held their annual golf day at North Hants Golf Club. It was a chance for the Old Seafordians to play on one of the top courses in the area and share some memories of their days at Seaford College.

24 Old Seafordians, 3 current students and 4 masters, including Headmaster John Green, played the course, with David Poulson and Matthew Rose the individual winners on the day. Current Seaford student Johnny Green amassed an impressive 39 points in the stableford competition.

Nick Tull, the captain of the Old Seafordians Golf Team, was delighted with how the day went and the standard of golf on show. “It has been a brilliant turnout and this event is going from strength to strength”, he commented. “We have been playing on one of the top courses in the South East of England and I think that has helped attract a bigger field of golfers for today’s competition.”

Old Seafordians Golf Day Picture 3Old Seafordian Matthew Rose, who is now one of the world’s most renowned operatic singers, enjoyed meeting up with fellow Old Seafordians over a round of golf and sharing memories of his time at Seaford College. “It has been a really nice day and anytime you can get on the golf course and meet up with some Old Seafordians is lovely”, said Matthew after his round. “It only feels like yesterday that I was at Seaford College, and I had a really lovely time at the school. We did play lots of golf and it is a wonderful sport for bringing people together, and today enables us to get together and remember our time at Seaford College.”

Seaford College Headmaster John Green felt the day was a huge success and was very happy to see so many Old Seafordians getting together on the golf course. “It has been a really lovely day and so many people have made the effort to be here”, he said. “It was really nice to see the Old Seafordians playing some of our current students and masters. We are very lucky to have a nine-hole golf course at Seaford College, and with our new golf professional Jack Halsey doing an excellent job with our students, there is a real buzz about golf around the school.”

Old Seafordians Golf Team QualifierThe Old Seafordians golf team returned to the North Hants Golf Club last week to compete in the Grafton Morrish area qualifier, a competition for Old Boys Golf Societies. The Old Seafordians team finished 5th overall and qualified for the finals to be played in September. Congratulations to Nick Tull, Max Farrant, Neal Fox, Tim Banks, John Wheatley and Kieron Russell on qualifying for the final.

OSGS GOLF DAY – 22nd APRIL 2016 AT LEATHERHEAD

22 Old Seafordians rolled up good and early for a natter with coffee and bacon rolls before the 10.30am start of this our third annual Golf day.  Leatherhead is an old club on the northern slopes of the north downs which enjoyed much seclusion before the development of Chessington World of Adventures locally.

The undulating topography was deceptive and the layout of the course posed a serious test for all players. There are several tough approaches and dog legs made even tougher by the 10-15mph north wind which punished even slightly errant drives particularly on the first 9 holes.  The Greens were fast for the time of year which tested many a putt!  The course condition was generally fair but recent rains had affected the gully’s and weather damage to greens was evident.

The weather was chilly to start, but luckily the rain held off and we all stayed dry. After catching up on the round, with a few drinks in the 19th, we were served a hearty lunch in a private room, followed by prize giving and some short speeches.   The Headmaster, John Green, also updated us on the appointment of a new golf coach at Seaford College which will be officially announced very soon.  It is hoped that this appointment will lead to better things for college golf and extend the reach of the society.

John again invited all Old Seafordians to a golf day and BBQ lunch down at the college, later in June this year. (date to be advised)

Scores were generally below par, however there were two outstanding performances:- Will Ballard winning the low handicap section with 38 points and Steve Taylor winning the higher handicap section with 37 points. Will, playing off a handicap of 7, was 1 under par after 9 holes.

There were, as usual, additional prizes for nearest the pin and longest drive.

Our thanks go to the committee for organising the day and special thanks to Neil Fox for once again donating an excellent array of prizes (from Fortnum and Mason no less).

OSGS made a small surplus profit on the day which will go towards financing administration for the Grafton Morrish old schoolboys Competition. The qualifiers are to be held at Northants golf club on Sunday 8th May. We wish Nick Tull and his team the best of luck this year.  Nick is working through his choices and options for pairs having seen most of the team on the course at Leatherhead and generally playing well.  The North Hants golf course apparently is not a tough course but “course management’ is key, as is effective pairing. The team hopes to qualify, as it did in 2014, and progress to the finals being held again at Hunstanton Golf Club, Norfolk in October.

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The players formed a cash collection during the day for ‘Help for Heroes’ and raised £255 which is terrific and thanks to all that participated in the enjoyable day and for your donations.

 

OSGS GOLF DAY – 24th APRIL 2015 AT THE DRIFT

A fine showing from Old Seafordians Golf Society for their annual open at The Drift Golf Club, East Horsley, Surrey and a memorable day with probably the largest sporting contingent of OS gathered in one place away from the college ever.  The weather was cool and grey early doors but through the afternoon improved with sunny spells and it was reasonably mild.  The 32 players chatted away before play in the clubhouse over coffee and bacon butties.  The committee organised the day brilliantly with particular mention to Nick Tull and the committee who this year, as Robert Mummery who organised in 2014, pulled out all the stops to ensure good turn out and organisation as well as a fair showing from OSGS team players.  From the school the committee welcomed head John Green, vice head Will Yates and school golf manager Paul MacFarlane. They were glad to see SoOS chair Sam Baldwin and bro’ Alfie playing as we know Sam has been building up the business air miles recently so the day provided a little relaxation away from work amongst OS of all generations.  Max Farrant and Bob Jarvis managed the entries and payment collection and even a few of the school governors turned out!

The Drift course was dry due to lack of rain recently but played well with raised tee boxes and greens and tightly mown fairways with slight rough.  The greens had been hollow tyned a few weeks before and therefore were a little testing but that did not affect scores to any great extent.  Significantly appealing prizes for 1st,2nd and 3rd spots were on offer as well as rewards for longest drive and nearest the pin.   Players looked good in their OSGS kit as well as generally smart in golf gear of all styles!  There were no air shots off the first tee from any player …and most found a reasonable position to play this long par4 1st. The Drift is deep in wooded country and so any veer from straight and narrow is often punished with a dropped shot and one can always hear the hearty sound of golf ball against beech tree around the course whilst in play!
The Committee were particularly pleased to welcome OS Ralph Bockstedte who lives in Germany and travelled over the day before with his friend Andreas and Ralph took the opportunity to visit the college the day before.  Ralph plays paragolf as he is paralysed from his waist down and he uses a new concept golf cart of which there are around 600 in the world so far.  An electric lift raises him up to play his shots using right arm whilst holding cart support with left hand and his friend places the tee in-line with his swing range.  He hits the ball up to 200 yards straight and the slow mo’ here reveals the extent of the shot and distance achieved although as Ralf exclaims this shot went just a little to the right!  http://youtu.be/260RWp_eN5o.     Ralph is a sports lawyer and hopes to see paragolf to be part of the German 2024 olympics which he is promoting to the German/International olympic committee.

We heard before play from OS James Lynch who has turned pro’ in the past month and will play 16 events on the UK pro tour in 2015 bar injury.  James qualified for the tour at Frilford Heath GC, Oxfordshire last month.  James made the cut after 36 holes with 4 under (the cut was a frightening 2 under par) and after achieving 5 under for the last round and within the top 30 players, this level gave him his tour card.  The pro euro tour is televised on sky in a 2 hour review format after the tournament.  He decided due to his consistency (6 birdies and 1 bogey lead to his qualification) that he should try to see if his ambition can bring reward.  He told us that if he can achieve a victory at any UK pro event, he will automatically qualify for the next week’s championship tour event which has a higher ranked field, live tv coverage and prize fund, and then same applies from that tour to the full european tour events which we see and read about in the media most days.

The odds of a tournament win are tough at this level but as James suggests, one can have a run of form for a few months that could result in a jump of two grades into the major european spotlight.  James will be living on the bread line of golf and needs a sponsor and his first start is at Celtic Manor in a weeks time.  In return for sponsorship he can attend golf days, offer coaching and be part of company marketing campaigns.  If your business would like to assist an Old Seafordian compete to achieve his goal in golf, £500 an event gets James to the event, pays his entry fees and settles him into low grade accommodation. Please do be in touch with us and James if you feel this could be an opportunity you could share in and benefit from, our email address is  info@oldseafordians.org   and should you simply be interested in sponsoring just a few of his planned 16 events, James would like to hear from you.

 

The OSGS golf day was won by David Poulson by virtue of scoring the most points, however there were two categories based on the handicaps of those OS members attending.

12 handicap and above:
1st David Poulson – 37 points playing off a 26 handicap – (David won on count back with a better back 9 score)
2nd John Hall – 37 points playing off a 16 handicap
3rd John Green– 35 points playing off a 17 handicap
0 – 12 handicap:
1st Max Farrant – 36 points playing off a 2 handicap
2nd Tim Banks – 35 points playing off a 7 handicap
3rd Nick Tull – 34 points playing off a 2 handicap
Nearest the pin on the 3rd hole: Nick Tull
Nearest the pin on 16th hole: Bob Jarvis (Nick Upjohn won this but it was re-drawn as rules state the winners stay for food & prize giving!)
Longest drive on 18th holeNeal Fox, who also very kindly sponsored the event by way of providing really nice prizes from Fortnum & Mason for 1st and 2nd places. Neal and Nick Tull also provided OSGS clothing for the two 3rd place prizes, and the two nearest the pins, and long drive.
 

Many thanks to all OS who attended a memorable day and all those that rolled up and enjoyed the day.

The OSGS team lead by captain of golf Nick Tull and managed by Robert Mummery will play the qualifiers at North Hants golf club on 31st May, in the Grafton Morrish.  Come along, support and help them make the finals in October 2015.

Another note for your diary, on Sunday 14th June the headmaster has invited OSGS members to play at the college in a match vs the masters or a comp’.  We plan to start at 10am. This is a free event and will be involve a bbq lunch between two nines.  Please email oldseafordiansgolfsociety@gmail.com to reserve your place, all handicaps welcome.