You may remember that a few years ago some OTGS members decided to support golf at TS, financially, with a long term view of improving the flow of golfers to our Society. I am very pleased to be able to report to you that this is already beginning to have a serious effect.
Three years ago the School was able to accept, for the first time, a place in the West of England Public Schools Golf Championships (Marlborough dropped out). We were knocked out in the first round to the eventual winners. But two years ago we beat Cheltenham in the final and this year we beat Sherborne (5-0) in the final. A brilliant achievement and if you care to read on I will explain more.
This year we beat Monmouth 4-1 in the first round and met Canford, the favourites, in the second. This was won 31/2 - 11/2but this tells only half the story. Match 1 was all square after 18 and was won on the 19th. Match 2 lost. Match 3 was one down on the 18th tee and won on the 19th. Match 5 won 4&3 so match 4 which was one down on the 18th tee was halved with no need to proceed further. This shows a pretty resolute attitude and the final against Sherborne seems to have been plain sailing. I am told that our team had handicaps of 3,7,8,12 and 19, the last winning all his matches!