The Society, which has been in existence since 1933, was set up to allow enthusiastic golfing OGs to continue to enjoy golf after leaving the College. The Society participates in a wide variety of events throughout the year.
We have around 250 members and supporters. Full playing annual subscriptions are £20, £10 for non-playing or overseas members. Young OGs (under 30), Honorary OGs and those who wish just to be informed of the society's affairs pay nothing. We are always keen to increase our playing strength and welcome any new members or supporters. Please contact the Honorary Secretary, Mike Thomson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07961 756 022 for further details.
Fixture list 2018
During the weekend of 10-11 March 2018 the Old Glenalmond Golfing Society competed in (and won!) the Stenhouse Quaich, a round-robin scratch foursomes tournament held between the Scottish Wayfarers Schools (Glenalmond, Fettes, Merchiston, Loretto, Edinburgh Academy and Strathallan).
Additionally, this means that for the first time the OGGS holds both the Stenhouse Quaich and the Wayfarers Senior (over 50s) Tournament; the latter of which will be vigorously defended at Muirfield at the end of April.
During the competition at the (usually) picturesque Golf House Cub, Elie, the OGGS prevailed in truly foul conditions on the Saturday, but significantly better on the Sunday. Our final match, against Fettes, was a very tense affair, with Glenalmond getting the win by a single hole, securing the tournament. It is not a regular occurrence for us to win this event - it is around the first time in 10 years - and a great surprise to all that Merchiston were not top of the leaderboard!
The Team was:
Jordan Chatt (Patchell’s 14-16)
Mike Everett (Goodacre’s 76-81)
Ben Gray (Cairnies 80-85) (Sunday only)
Sandy Gray (Goodacre’s 71-76) (Saturday only)
John Laird (Skrine’s 79-84) (Saturday only)
Jim Patrick (Reid’s 71-75)
David Rennie (Patchell’s 93-98)
Fergus Skinner (Patchell’s 11-16)
Mike Thomson (Goodacre’s 94-99)
Stephen Titterington (Cairnies 73-77) (Sunday only)
Particular highlights were debutant Fergus Skinner, along with partner Mike Everett, holding their own against much lower handicapped golfers all weekend, Jordan Chatt, who makes his Hewitt debut in three weeks’ time, winning two of his matches with partner David Rennie by seven holes and Sandy Gray with partner John Laird beating Merchiston by 11 holes!
No doubt, there were some tired bodies the following morning, but great satisfaction in winning the event and we look forward to defending our title in 12 months’ time. However before then the team is in action at the Halford Hewitt (5-8 April, Royal Cinque Ports GC) and preparations are well underway as we face the Edinburgh Academy in the first round.
DAY TWO FRIDAY 6 APRIL 2018
Despite Glenalmond not qualifying this year for the Royal Wimbledon putting, a friendly fixture was arranged at Royal Wimbledon to find out Glenalmond's best putter. Many thanks to organiser, Mo McEachran for arranging an excellent evening's putting and providing the match report below.
Many thanks to all those golfers that turned out from around the country for our maiden OGGS putting tournament at Royal Wimbledon yesterday.
Weather conditions and good paced greens set us up for some competitive putting over the 18 hole course at RW.
We played 4 rounds of stroke play followed by sudden death play-offs for the top 4 scorers. Here are the results (and qualifying scores):
Analysis shows the number of holes in 1 played a key part in the results, although Mr Mackie wasn't able to convert his excellent record into a top place on this occasion.
Number of 1's: