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.
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!
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place, all handicaps welcome.