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Reigate Heath GC – Friday 13 Sept 2019 Inaugural meeting

Dear All,
On one of the many sunny afternoons sat on the terrace with Simon Hobbs (OT) at Reigate Heath with views of the Surrey Hills to admire with a nice cold beer and chatting away, we came up with the idea to try an arrange a golf day for OT’s again to share this fantastic 9 hole course.  So I have booked the afternoon of Friday 13th of September 2019 to try and make this happen.
Not only is it a fantastic 9 hole course (which plays 18 holes from different tee positions) but we have just taken on Tony Tobin, celebrity chef who has appeared on Saturday kitchen, Ready Steady Cook etc, as our catering provider at the club.   Not only is he providing the club with food but will eventually open the club to the public as a restaurant.
Access to Reigate Heath GC is just off junction 8 of the M25, off the A25 Reigate-Dorking stretch just outside Reigate, rail access is also not bad!!
Number of players we’re looking for are Min 8 – Max 36.
Guests welcome.
The plan for the day runs something like this:
Meet  11:30 – 12:00
Lunch 12:30   (two course meal incl wine)
Golf 18 holes 14:00
Prize giving 18:00 (we have cups available!!)
Cost for the day is looking like £45 for Lunch/Golf/Prizes.  Anything extra on top of that will be the share of bar tab!
Link to course if curious is

“This outstanding heathland layout is set on the Surrey heathland belt and boasts over 100 years of history and pedigree.  In fact, this course is so good Peter Alliss described it as “a little gem” during his 1980s television series. With different tees for the second nine there is not only a change of distance, but a variation of angle, making some holes dramatically different.”

Contact me if you’re interested and want to play.
07712 937017

Fairwater Cup/Scratch Cup/VETS Cup – 2019 St George’s Hill GC

Fantastic day once again and like last year the weather was dry and sunny.  Initially we had 15 OTs for lunch and AGM and 14 for golf, however, on the day (through no fault of their own) we finished with 12 for lunch and 10 for golf.  Still a good turnout.  We welcomed Andrew Ford for his first OTGS meet and hope to see him in many more events in the future.

Results for the day were:

Scratch Cup
1st        Pete Whalley Gross 74
2nd      Iain Westwater Gross 79
3rd       Andrew Ford Gross 80
Fairwater Cup
1st        Pete Whalley  36 points
2nd       Andrew Ford  36 points
3rd       David Morgan  36 points
Vets Cup
1st       David Morgan  36
2nd      Iain Westwater  33
3rd      Richard Willacy  32


Halford Hewitt 2019

Another year and another tough draw!  This year the HH was held between the 9-14 April.  The OTGS team was looking healthy with twelve potential players that would have resulted in some tough decisions having to be taken by the captain.  However, through unforeseen circumstances two players had to drop out leaving a core ten players.

The weather was looking dry yet very windy and extremely cold with a north wind blowing.  It did get better towards the end of the week.

Taunton’s first match was against Rossall, who were runners-up in 2005, at Royal St George’s, Sandwich at the very early time of 07:45!  This was always going to be a tough match and we lost 31/2– 11/2.  Well done to Jack Malden who won his first match in his first Halford Hewitt.

First round loss in the main competition qualified us for the Plate which we started on Friday. Round 1 was against Highgate which we won 2-1.  Round 2 was against Trent which we won 21/2– 1/2.  Round 3 (quarter finals) we lost to Merchant Taylor’s 21/2– 1/2.

Thanks to all for making the week once again memorable and to Pete for organising the accommodation, brilliant!


Team from the left going clockwise:  Pete Whalley, Gary Hector, Phil Stickler, Iain Westwater, Tim Blood, Richard Willacy, Jack Malden, Dave Higginson, Mark Jenkins, Greg Whalley (absent, loo?)

It was also freezing as depicted below.

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Brent Knoll Bowl – 2019

Another great performance by the team and players available to play gave the captain selection problems! Missing from the photo below is Mark Jenkins (Jenks).  Welcome to Jack Malden for his inaugural scratch competition with OTGS.


Back Row:  Jack Malden, Tim Blood, Greg Whalley, Gary Hector, Pete Whalley

Front Row: Phil Stickler, Richard Willacy, Iain Westwater

Main Competition

First round versus old Shirburnian, Lost 2-1

Consolation Salver

First round versus Warwickshire Bears, Won 2-1

Second round versus Bogeymen (ex Navy), Lost 2-1

Well done team.

Swinley Forest – March 2019

Report from David Murrell who once again organised and sponsored a fantastic day.

“I am pleased to report we had a very successful day yesterday at Swinley, which was enjoyed by all.

The weather was generally sunny until a very few spots of rain late in the afternoon.

As you can see from the attached, the final number of players was 40, the same number as what was believed to be the all time record number of last year.  Applications did get to 42 but Mike Turner had to pull him and his guest out at relatively short notice due to a back injury. Swinley required a minimum number of 18 so there appears potentially to be an offering of a further fixture for next year and hopefully many years ahead.

The number of players was equally split at 20 each between OT’s and guests.

The OT and trophy winner in the morning was Ben Hunt with 37 points followed by Richard Willacy with 35. The guest winner was Sophie Banham with 37 points winning on countback from D Smyth.

In the afternoon greensomes Ben Hunt and Mark Wilkinson were the OT and trophy winners with 41 points (19 on the back nine) beating Mark and Sophie Banham on the same score but only 18 on the back nine.

The nearest the pin on the 17th hole in the morning in memory of the late Matthew Compton was Murray Dron.

In my 50th year at this event my brothers and I were happy to sponsor all players by £10 each, the prizes and, as a one off, free drinks during the lunch break between the two rounds.”

Fairwater Cup/Scratch Cup/VETS Cup – 2018 St George’s Hill GC

Fantastic turnout, fantastic weather.  We had 15 golfing OT’s for the AGM and lunch on Sunday 10 June and 14 OT’s playing golf in the afternoon.  We welcomed four new OT’s for this meeting Jack Malden, Mark Banham, Richard Parsons and Rob Mazur.  Biggest surprise was Jack who plays off 4 AND he has only been playing golf for two and half years!!  We do have a  numbers restriction at SGHGC yet given this years success we will see if we can increase this for 2019.  Good effort to see those coming up from Somerset and Wales.

Results of the day:

Scratch Cup:
1st – Phil S (Gross 75), 2nd – Gary H (Gross 77), 3rd – Richard W (Gross 78)
Fairwater Cup:
1st – Gary H (33 points beat Phil S on the back 9), 2nd – Phil S (33 points), 3rd – Richard W (32 points)
Vets Cup:
1st – Richard W (32 points), 2nd – Geoff B (29 points), 3rd – Iain W (28 points)