WINNERS IN 2015
Spring Meeting – The Presidents Cup: Richard Rose
Summer Tour Wins: Ian Bevan-Jones, Jon Sidebottom, Rupert Lane, Julian Rowett & Alex Hume
Spa Trophy(ODGS vs Old Cheltonian Golf Society): Old Decanian Society
Old Decanians Vs Dean Close School: Old Decanian Society
Edward Harris Cup (Welsh Public Schools knockout competition): Old Decanian Society
Grafton Morrish (Public School knockout competition): Charterhouse
Autumn Meeting – The Hardy Trophy: Jon Sidebottom
Here is a quick look at last year, and some of what is coming up this year.
The Spring Meeting is fast approaching on Friday 4th March at Cotswold Hills GC, where we will be vying for the ‘Presidents’ Cup’ which was won last year in disgusting weather by Richard Rose (with 36 pts), followed closely by Julian Rowett (34 pts) and Tony Marchand (33 pts). Who shall be sipping on that Champagne this year?!
The Grafton Morrish West Qualifier is on Sunday 15th May at Denham GC, last year was not our year, with the team missing out on qualifying by about 10 pts, but this is a new year! If you would like to put yourself forward for selection for this nationwide scratch competition let me know and I will pass it on to Joe Jenkins who is taking on the captaincy again this year. The Finals are at Hunstanton GC and Royal West Norfolk GC on the 7th – 9th October.
At the end of June the ODGS vs DCS match took place at Cotswold Hills GC, where the team consisting of James Ford, Jon Sidebottom, David Carpenter, Rupert Lane, Sam Wood and myself lifted the trophy for the 6th consecutive year! It was a close one this year with our first group losing 4&3, the second group winning 1up and the final pairing coming through with a 6&5 win.
The Summer Tour, held during the OD cricket week in July, continues to be a success, with five matches throughout the week. Starting with the stunning Royal Porthcawl GC where Ian Bevan-Jones ran out victorious, this was followed by the annual OD Welsh Dinner held at the golf club overlooking the 18th. Then it was up early with a few sore heads on to The Manor GC, where we dodged some rain clouds and Jon Sidebottom took home the spoils with 38pts. Wednesday was the turn of Cleeve Hill GC with Rupert Lane (34 pts) winning just in front of Will Odell (32pts), even with Rupert having his concentration disrupted after he got a telling off by a lady on a horse who was galloping down the fairway and Rupert was in her way! On to Minchinhampton GC where we played the Cherington Course which was mastered by Julian Rowett who had 37 pts just in front of Huw Davies-Thomas and Robert Hornby. The final day of the week saw us at Broadway GC with its stunning views. Julian, who was on a high from his win the previous day, was tamed by yours truly (thanks for beer and the lunch afterward Julian!). Another great week!
All this year’s fixtures are on the fixture card…get them in your diary…Mon 11th – 15th of July. N.B. The crickets are holding BBQs on the Wednesday and Friday this year which we are all invited to and we always support. Don’t forget that we can arrange accommodation at the school during this week, so just let me know.
In October we WON the Edward Harris Cup which we hosted at The Manor GC. This is the third time we have got our name on the trophy (2006 & 2008). The team, consisting of Tim Lawrence, Robert Reed, Ian Bevan-Jones, James Ford, Cod Carroll, Julian Rowett, Jon Sidebottom and myself, were 10pts ahead of the Old Cheltonians and Old Bromgrovians who came tied second. Let’s see if we can retain it when it heads to Royal Porthcawl this year in October.
There was a fantastic turn out at the October Autumn Meeting at the Berkshire GC where we took on the Blue course to compete for the Hardy Trophy. Ryan Brignull came 3rd, last year’s winner James Ford was in 2nd and the winner was Jon Sidebottom with 37pts.
The season was nicely topped off with a win against the Old Cheltonians to ensure that the Spa Trophy came back to Dean Close for the 8th consecutive year. We played at the end of October this year in a rescheduled fixture after the July match was called off due to heavy overnight rain. Again this was a very close affair 2.5 to 1.5. This year the OCs are hosting and taking us to Minchinhampton GC on July 22nd.
Massive thank you to all the match managers; you do an amazing job. Winners from last year, don’t forget to get your trophies engraved and polished ready to be handed over or retained this season!
Another fixture that has been added as part of this year’s 125 celebrations is the Close Community Golf Day which will be held the day before Commem on Friday 27th May at Minchinhampton. This is open to all connected with the School, including past parents, current parents, ODs, pupils etc. I hope you can come to give a good presence and show off the ODGS!