Golf: victory over Old Kingstonians
September 19, 2017
The Old King’s Club won its annual friendly golf match on 19 September by 3 1/2 to 1 1/2 on a cool but sunny day, with the greens and fairways looking as ever in excellent condition at Royal Wimbledon GC. This means the OKC has won this match every year since the fixture was inaugurated and our name appears on the Claret jug for every year since 2013, when the trophy was first presented.
Individual results were as follows:
Peter Taylor and Giles Fallowfield v Richard Major and Adrian Koertzen – Won by 1 hole
– after 14 holes we were 3 down, but an excellent last four holes by Giles saw us nick the result on the 18th.
Ian Hay and Lance Condon v Andrew Lodge and Richard Wickerson – Won 4 and 3.
Jonathan Howitt and Jonathan Poole v Gordon House and AN Other – Lost 4 and 3.
Andrew Copeman and Peter Messent v Paul Healey and John Elvidge – Halved.
Fred Grover and Will Starrit v Roy Bray and Graham Cox (KGS, not KCS!) – Won 2 and 1.
Captain Richard Major duly presented us with the trophy, and Peter Taylor will engrave it for next year. We also invited OKs to be our guests at a similar time in 2018.
A moment’s silence was held for for Roy Haslehurst, the previous Old Kingstonians captain, who sadly died from a heart attack last week.
Golf: victory over Old Cranleighans
July 26, 2017
A close fought match, with all of the matches going to the 18th hole, between KCS Old Boys and Old Cranleighan golfers resulted in a win for KCS Old Boys by 2 and half matches to one and half. The match was four ball better ball format, the OKC winning pairs were Giles Fallowfield and David Cross, Scott Lloyd and Jonathan Poole. This annual match was played on Wednesday 26th August at the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club with excellent sandwiches to follow. The next match is on Thursday 24th August against Old Tiffinians. Chris Diacon firstname.lastname@example.org would be pleased to hear from former pupils who would like to play in future matches.
2017 Surrey Schools Golf Societies Festival
June 30, 2017
This year’s competition was played at Bramley Golf Club and for the first time it had a Shot-gun start, which worked very well indeed. There were 60 players playing in 20 three balls so there were two groups at each of the two par five holes. One group started five minutes before the Klaxon (Shot Gun) so that they had played their second shots as the Klaxon sounded and the other group could drive off without delay. At no time during the round did we have to wait for the group in front of us nor did the group behind us have to wait for us.
For several of our team, this was the first time that we had played at this course, which was our excuse for not scoring terribly well. We could not actually blame the course because it was in fine condition with excellent greens, good lies on the fairways but quite a lot of bunkers, which was, in part, my personal downfall.
At the end of the round there were naturally a lot of golfers heading for the clubhouse and changing rooms. As luck would have it we were fairly close by and quickly dived into the showers then got out of the way for the others. On arrival in the bar we were greeted with the news that the first drink was already paid for by one of the organising team, who is a member at the club, and there was wine already on each table. Thank you very much indeed.
The winning team were the Old Reedonians, who were making their first appearance at the competition, and scored 165 points from their best five players. This is of course equivalent to 33 points from each, which is a very good and consistent score. The runners up were the Old Hinchleyans just one point behind on 164. Our best score was David Cross with 32points, Philip Gregory got 31 points and Micky King came in with 29. The rest of us, Jonathan Howitt, Richard Burgess and myself, all managed a disappointing 26 points and Neil Lovett had a game to forget.
Universities’ Dinner at the Oxford & Cambridge Club
June 19, 2017
Students from Oxford, Cambridge and from 5 other universities attended the bi-annual Universities’ Dinner which was held at the Oxford and Cambridge Club, Pall Mall. Pre-dinner drinks, a three course dinner followed by coffee and port were enjoyed in the Edward VII Room. Lively and learned discussion was enjoyed throughout the evening.
Members joined together for a chance to catch up and socialise over a glass of wine at the Old King’s Club drinks reception at the Oxford & Cambridge Club.
Golf: OKC v Old Paulines
June 13, 2017
The annual Old King’s Club Golf Society meeting with Old Paulines took place on Tuesday 13th June at Kingswood Golf and Country Club in glorious weather, with the course in great condition.
Unfortunately, the OKC could not match the conditions with a win, losing eventually by 1.5 to 3.5.
Individual results were as follows:
Paul Druckman and John Tiller – Lost 4 and 2
Jonathon Howitt and John Oliver – Lost 5 and 4
Philip Gregory and Micky King – Lost 3 and 2
Giles Fallowfield and Richard Burgess – Halved
Peter Taylor and Fred Grover – Won 5 and 3
Despite the loss the match was played in excellent spirit, and a very sociable hour spent in the clubhouse with post match refreshments. As an aside, Giles Fallowfield had attended a Champagne tasting event prior to his arrival on the first tee. However, despite having taken several sips and then admitting to swallowing the sips, he and Richard nevertheless managed a creditable half.
It was most welcoming to see John Tiller, Jonathan Howitt, John Oliver and Philip Gregory playing in a friendly match for the first time, and we look forward to many more appearances from them.
Appropriate post match speeches were made by both captains, and an invitation extended to Old Paulines for the next match at Royal Wimbledon GC in June 2018. The opposing captain, Robert Silverstone, was thanked for his organisation on the day, as the host member at Kingswood, and the subject of a suitable trophy for the annual event was agreed on. Robert kindly agreed to do the research.
We now look forward to the next friendly match against Old Whitgiftians at Royal Wimbledon Golf Club on Monday 3rd July.
The search for a new source of playing shirts continues.