NEWSOCGS – Spring Meeting at Hadley Wood Golf Club – Monday 23rd May 2022

On a rather overcast and chilly day, 11 Old Cits gathered at Hadley Wood Golf Club, a wonderful Alistair Mackenzie course (he of Augusta, Georgia & The Masters fame) for our Spring Meeting. A course noted for its fast, undulating greens, it was to prove a good test for us all.

After a pleasant light lunch, albeit having left untouched quite a lot of the generous carvery, we played 18 holes stableford for the Stanley Bell trophy, one of our many old and lovely cups. Despite little run for the golf ball and a course playing quite long, four of our players recorded scores of 30 points or above, a decent standard. Our two best players, Louis Taylor and Adam Jones who both play off a handicap index of 2, scored a very creditable 33 and 32 points respectively, both comfortably in the 70s on a gross basis.

However, in the end, Thomas Ross emerged victorious with an excellent 36 points and playing exactly to his handicap of 15. He had hoped to retain his trophy from last year and he achieved his goal but only just beating John Gee-Grant, a golfer in form, who had 34 points. After some gentle ribbing from the assembled company about the slightly tarnished appearance of the trophy, which had, we learnt, been cleaned back in January, Thomas Ross was presented with the trophy.

After some refreshing drinks on what was briefly a sunny terrace, we all meandered home having enjoyed great OC company and conviviality. We now look forward to our Summer Meeting at the classy Woking course on Monday 11th July. Do please get in touch if you would like to play at [email protected]

Mark Stockton

Hon Secretary - OCGS