GRAFTON MORRISH REPORT 2014
Qualifying – Denham Golf Club (Report – May 2014)
Qualification for the finals of the Grafton Morrish Trophy, a high profile annual public schools golf foursomes competition played off scratch has eluded the ODS for many years going back well into the last century. However at Denham Golf Club on Sunday 18th May 2014 the ODs team of six created history by finishing fifth out of 18 schools taking part at this qualifying venue, scoring 75 points.
There was not too much of a hint of things to come as Rupert and Joe Lane found points hard to come by on their first nine holes, but a better second nine saw them finish with a steady score of 20 points.
The ODS second pair, Andrew Odell and Tim Lawrence though were looking good from the start, playing consistent good golf throughout highlighted by a spectacular Eagle three at the par five 14th which boosted their final score to 30.
The final pair of skipper Rob Reed and young Sam Wood started perfectly with a birdie at the first and although they didn’t quite build on this in that nine, a further birdie at the 13th and a fine finish boosted their final score to 25 and the team score to 75 points.
It wasn’t long before qualification for the finals at Hunstanton in October had been confirmed. What a day!
Jeremy Winter, 19th May 2014.
Congratulations to those who have been chosen to represent the ODGS in the finals…
The ODGS Team: Ian Bevan-Jones (Tower 1972), Lee Cowan (Tower 2013), Hew Davies Thomas (Gate 1984), Joe Jenkins (Dale 2001), Mike Wigley (Court 1967) and Sam Wood (Dale 2013).
Match Manager and Reserve: Robert Reed (Brook, 1962)
EDWARD HARRIS CUP 2014
The ODGS Team: Alasdair Carroll (Gate 1984), Chris Dyer (Tower 1980), Alex Hume (Dale 2002), James Ford (Dale 1980), Tim Lawrence (Field 1976), Chris Renfrew (Tower 1977), Julian Rowett (Gate 1969) and Jon Sidebottom (Brook 1997).
Reserve: Rupert Lane (Gate 1962)
Match Manager: Jeremy Winter (Court 1961)
Edward Harris – Report 2014
Almost the last beautiful day of the season greeted all at Cotswold Hills G.C. on 3rd October for the Edward Harris Cup, first played for in 1938.
A better ball stableford competition off handicap, with the best three of four cards to count make it a very enjoyable format as indeed it was for the ODS with a final score of 130 points (44,44 & 42).
However it could have been even more so with just one more point, as this was the slim margin in the end between the winners, the host team the Old Cheltonians and the ODS who finished runners up.
Anticipation was high with both of the ODS first two pairings, Chris Dyer & Cod Carroll and Jon Sidebottom & Julian Rowett coming in with 44 points. A bit of a gap then until Tim Lawrence & Alex Hume completed with a fine 42, followed shortly with 41 from James Ford & Chris Renfrew.
To hear at the post match meal that we had ben pipped by one point was a bit of a stunner and left chaps thinking about putts that stopped on the lip etc.!
Jeremy Winter – October 2014
The side ‘commisserating’ after losing by 1 point to the Old Cheltonians
ODGS VS THE SCHOOL – ODS RETAIN THE CUP!
The annual golf match v The School took place again in June at Cotswold Hills G.C. and resulted in a 2-1 win for the O.D.’s thanks to John Barker holing an 8 foot putt on the 18th to clinch a one up win with his partner Jon Sidebottom against the school pair of Sam Wheatley and Josh Greasley.
Match one was won 3 & 2 by the O.D pair of Sam Wood and Chris Renfrew over the schools Oli Day and Oli Cahill, thanks to their spectacular 3 under par gross score on the second nine.
Match two went to the school’s experienced pairing of Andy Swarbrick and Jeremy Niblett 4&3 over Josh Chaplin and Mike Abbley,who actually recovered somewhat in the second nine but the damage was done earlier.
A very enjoyable event with a good hearty steak and kidney pie meal at the golf club after.
Jeremy Winter (June 2014)
HARDY TROPHY 2014 – THE BERKSHIRE GC
A glorious day awaited the ODGS for the Autumn meet. Which this year was dedicated to Robert Reed as a thank you for all his work over the years with the ODGS, without Robert we would not be where we are now.
Above Left: James Ford being awarded the Hardy Trophy for an excellent round on the Red course at The Berkshire Golf Club.
Brian Wilson presenting Robert Reed with an engraved crystal bowl.
SUMMER TOUR 2014
“The Summer Tour was a success again this year, with the weather being bright and dry throughout – marvellous golfing weather at super venues. A select gathering of golfers attended a most enjoyable OD Dinner at Royal Porthcawl GC which also gave us the most memorable sunset that I can recall. Most of the regular golfers as well as some new faces were in evidence during ‘the week’. The winners were Brian Wilson, Tim Lawrence, Will Odell, Cod Carroll and Huw Davies -Thomas.
The ODCC hosted a ‘hog roast’ beside the Pavilion, along with the OD golfers, on the Wednesday evening which was attended by Gloucester Gypsies and School staff old and new. It was good to see Chris Kenyon and Tim Odell ensuring that the party went with a swing.”
Robert Reed – Summer 2014
SPA TROPHY 2014
This is year we were the visiting team in the annual match against Cheltenham College Old Boys which was held at Denham GC in July on a fine and sunny afternoon. We managed to beat ‘the old enemy’, which means that they have not been able to get their hands on the Spa Trophy now for the seven years since its inception. – long may this last!
Robert Reed – July 2014