News and results
Public School Events
As ever the first major event on the OEGS golfing calendar is the Halford Hewitt, taking place in the second week of April. Excitement heading into the event was especially high after the prior year's narrow loss to Mill Hill and competition for places at its highest for a number of years. I am delighted to say King Edward's defeated City of London 4-1 to advance to the second round for the first time since 2010. The OE's run in the competition was however brought to an abrupt halt in the second round losing to an exceptionally talented Ampleforth side who had reached the final in the two prior years and did so again in 2019. Confidence continues to grow within the side and they hope to continue the good form in 2020.
Grafton Morrish qualifier
Unfortunately, this year saw an unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the Grafton Morrish with the scores seen at Olton G.C. qualifying very high, thanks to all players who took part.
Public Schools Midlands Meeting (MK Foster and Malvern Salvers)
The Public Schools Midlands Meeting is an annual event taking place at Little Aston Golf Club where 13 midland public schools play 18 holes handicap foursomes golf, taking the three best scores for the MK Foster trophy and I am pleased to say the OEGS team of Jeremy Clifford, Richard Green, Michael Skerritt, Conor Murray, Max Gower, Iain Sawers, Thomas Hook and Harry Cowley represented the school in fine fashion and returned an impressive score of 99 points to finish in second place.
To top the always enjoyable day off Michael Skerritt and Conor Murray would go on to win the Malvern Salvers returning the best individual score of the afternoon round.
The Cyril Gray is affectionately known as the Halford Hewitt for over fifties and is played at Worplesdon every year. After the euphoria of winning the first-round match in 2018, the 2019 side was not quite able to match those achievements going down to a strong Edinburgh Academy side in round 1. With the arrival of a few more fifty-year-olds in 2020 the side hopes to get back to winning ways.
The summer and autumn meetings this year were both a huge success and, with a combination of new and existing faces, attendance at both events was the highest we have seen for a number of years.
The first meeting of the year was the summer meeting held at Little Aston Golf Club on the first Sunday in June. The course was in excellent condition and despite tricky weather conditions the net and stableford competitions were won with level par and one under par respectively:
The Golfer (best gross): Michael Skerritt (81)
Old Edwardians Trophy (best net): Mike Seabrook (72)
Stableford: James Harman Sherwood (37 points)
The autumn meeting was held at Blackwell golf club on Friday 18 October with the event differing to the summer meeting in that OEs can, and do, invite guests to play at the always superbly presented Blackwell Golf Club.
Conditions again proved tricky but it was Mihir Patel, an Old Edwardian playing in their first event that would go on to win the Franklin Buckley Salver with a fantastic score of 39 points, well played Mihir.
The team prize for best combined score went to Mihir Patel, Lionel Virdee, Conor Murray and George Wilson, well played all.
The OEs traditionally play in three matches throughout the year with the first coming against the school played this year at Edgbaston Golf Club and is great opportunity to encourage current pupils to join the society on leaving school. There were a number of talented golfers amongst the pupils pointing towards a very positive future for the society however they were not quite good enough to overcome the experience and guile of the OEs and with that the society got the season off to a winning start.
Next up was a match against our bitter rivals, the Old Silhillian Golfing Society played on their home course of Olton Golf Club. A more traditional match with six pairs from each school playing fourball better ball. A hard-fought half was the final result against a strong OSGS side with the match providing the birth of some formidable pairings...
The final match of the year was against the Old Veseyan Golfing Society at Moseley Golf Club. A largely unchanged team produced a 3 ½ - ½ victory for the OEGS which perfectly topped off an excellent year of matches for the society.
A special mention must go to two pairings that won all of their matches this year:
David Wells & Mike Seabrook
Tony Herring & John Wheatley
Well played gentlemen, we hope to see more of the same next year.