Golfing Society

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 oggsgolf@gmail.com or 07961 756 022 for further details. 

 

Fixture list 2018

Click here to view the 2018 fixture list

If you would like to get involved in any of the fixtures, please contact the Match manager or Society Secretary, Mike Thomson or telephone 07961 756 022 or email  oggsgolf@gmail.com

 

Past Events

At the AGM of the Public Schools Golfing Society, held at the East India Club, London on 10th January 2018, the draw for the Halford Hewitt was made. The competition is to be held as usual at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club (RCP) with half of the first two rounds to be played at Royal St Georges Golf Club (RSG) from Thursday 5th April to Sunday 8th April. The Princes Plate, for first round losers in the Halford Hewitt, will be played from Friday 6th April to Sunday 8th April, at Princes Golf Club for the first three rounds and then Royal Cinque Ports for the Semi Final and Final. The full draw can be found, as well as results updated each evening, at www.halfordhewitt.org
Glenalmond have been drawn to play Edinburgh Academy in the first round, the match to be played on Thursday 8th April at 8:55am at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club. The winners of the match are likely to play George Watson's, who face Wrekin in the following game after our own.
The other Scottish Schools, Fettes play Wellingborough (Thursday 13:55 at RCP), Loretto play Marlborough (Friday 08:20 at RCP) and Merchiston play Lancing (Thursday 13:30 at RSG)
Glenalmond have selected the following team
John Bushell
Jordan Chatt
Karl Frey
John Gordon
Peter Gordon
Sandy Gray
Matthew McEachran
Jim Patrick
Ruaraidh Stewart
Mike Thomson
Non Playing Captain: David Sanderson

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 ONE 5 APRIL 2018 of the Halford Hewitt, I am delighted to report that Glenalmond are still in the competition.
We were victorious in our game against Edinburgh Accies, but the game was very tight, with 2 games won on the 18th, and a lost game on the 20th hole. 
Debutantes (and brothers) Andreas and Karl Frey, led the team out at top, and managed to come back from 2 down with 4 to go to force extra holes, but sadly were pipped at the 20th hole. Jim Patrick and Mike Thomson enjoyed a straightforward 5/4 victory at 2. John Bushell and other debutante Jordan Chatt, fell 4/3 to Accies best pair. Ruaraidh Stewart continued his unbeaten run, along with partner Mo McEachran. All square going down the last, and not reaching the burn in 2 they managed to get up and down from about 80 yards to win the hole and the match. The final game was equally tight, with Sandy Gray and Peter Gordon also all square down the last winning the last with a very fine 20 foot putt for a par held by Peter (although the putt is getting longer and longer with every re-telling!) It was a very nervous finish, with the top game and the bottom game finishing simultaneously. Although our new boys didn't manage to get a win, they have all been blooded in a typically Hewitt game, nervous and tight, and a keen to get their first wins tomorrow against local rivals Watsons. 
Support was led by Captain David Sanderson, President John Gordon, who is coming in for Ruaraidh Stewart in tomorrow mornings game, and also past President Gordon Thorburn, who trekked over from Wimbledon yesterday to enjoy the victory. 
With the obvious exception of Accies, all the other Scottish schools are into round 2, although Loretto only play their first round match tomorrow.
Round 2 is against Watsons, to be played at Royal Cinque Ports GC at 9:30am. If we are successful, we play the winners of Sherborne and Mill Hill at 14:15 tomorrow, also at Royal Cinque Ports. 
see www.halfordhewitt.org for full results. 

 

DAY TWO FRIDAY 6 APRIL 2018
Glenalmond have exited the Halford Hewitt in round 3. We defeated George Watson's 3-2 this morning, but ran out of steam in losing to Sherborne 3.5-1.5 this afternoon after a quick turnaround at lunch.
Round 2 vs Watsons. 9:30am
Out top couple was Jordan and John, losing a very tight game at the 18th.
Out at 2, Karl and Andy registered their first Hewitt point, also winning at the 18th. 
At 3, Jim and Mike, having never been up throughout the game, managed to win the last with a 3 to also win 1 up.
At 4, Sandy and Pete, also weren't up until the 18th also, managed to win the last to win 1 up.
Mo and John Gordon lost 4/3, meaning we managed to win 3-2 and Sandy and Jim's game being crucial at the time, as the score as 2-2.
Round 3 vs Sherborne (14:15)
In the afternoon, we changed the order a little, but Jordan and John Bushell again went out at top, and registered Jordan's first point with a convincing 6/5 victory.
At 2, Mo and Ruaraidh re-united, but Ruaraidh's unbeaten run finally has come to and end, despite only registering only 23 putts, lost 2/1
At 3, Mike & Jim ran out of steam somewhat, being 5 down at the turn could not do enough on the back nine and also lost 2/1
At 4, the Frey's registered a half, as the game was finished (although the game was square on the 18th when they finished)
At 5, Sandy and Pete came up against good opposition and lost 3/2.
The team is disappointed to have lost this afternoon, with the quarterfinals in touching distance, but on reflection, a 3rd round exit was much better than expectations, given 3 first round defeats in a row in the past 3 years. We have also managed to blood three new young players, who acquitted themselves very well, and hopefully have enjoyed the experience and will enjoy many more Hewitts to come.
We are already looking forward to next year's Hewitt, 11th to 14th April (mark your diaries now)
In other news, Fettes are the only Scottish school left in the main competition, and they play Repton in round 3 tomorrow morning at 7:45
Merchiston lost their 2nd round match to Harrow this afternoon (who are now in a big derby match tomorrow against Eton), and Loretto lost their round 1 match to Marlborough this morning. However, they are through to round 2 of the plate, and Accies, who we beat on Thursday are through to the 3rd round of the plate

 

The Seniors Scottish Wayfarers was held at Muirfield this past weekend, and we were represented by Captain David Sanderson, President John Gordon, Niall Booker, Sandy Gray, Jamie Mackie and Rod Mitchell.
The format is stableford foursomes on Saturday, with the top 4 schools going into semi finals on Sunday morning and a final on Sunday afternoon. The bottom two schools play off for the wooden spoon on Sunday morning.
Unfortunately, this final piece of information is pertinent, as Glenalmond faced Strathallan in the wooden spoon play off, and were defeated in that match. Thus Glenalmond earned the wooden spoon. Society captain David Sanderson has described it as going from "hero to zero"
Fettes beat Loretto in the final, with Merchiston and Accies the losing semi finalists. 
Lets hope for better luck next year, when the tournament goes west again, with the likely location of Western Gailes, where Glenalmond were victorious, and see if we can reverse this change of fortunes.

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):

  • 1st Mo McEachran (-2) - beat J Bushell with a 1 on 3rd hole of sudden death
  • 2nd John Bushell (-3) - lost on 3rd hole of sudden death
  • 3rd Chris Dundas (+5) - beat John Boulter with a 1 on 2nd hole of sudden death
  • 4th John Boulter (+10) - lost on 2nd hole of sudden death
  • Willie White (+3 after 3 rounds) - DNF so was unable to advance to the finals. 
  • Russell Mackie (+11)
  • Adam Dudgeon (+12)
  • Dave Gordon (+13)

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:

  • 10 McEachran
  • 7 Mackie
  • 6 Bushell
  • 5 Dundas
  • 4 Dudgeon
  • 3 Gordon/White
  • 1 Boulter
A team of John Gordon, Jim Patrick, Niall Booker, Ben Gray, David Sanderson and John Bushell competed this year at the Cyril Gray, held last week at Worplesdon GC.
In the first round, Glenalmond lost to Liverpool, but defeated Epson, Wrekin, Eastbourne and finally Edinburgh Academy to win the plate tournament.
Full results can be found at www.cyrilgray.co.uk 
Many congratulations to the team and we look forward to celebrating with you in September at Elie.
Today we had the Tripartite match, played at Panmure GC, playing 3-ball sixsomes.
Final results
School                              Game 1          Game 2         Total
Fettes                                 2                     1                  3
Glenalmond                         0                     2                  2
Merchiston                          1                     0                  1
Glenalmond were represented by Bobby Dickson & Mike Thomson (Game 1) and Andrew Thomson & Niall Booker (Game 2). Although it was a little damp to start off, the rain soon cleared out and we enjoyed a fun round at Panmure which was in great nick. 
Day 1:
After day 1 of the Queen Elizabeth, Glenalmond beat Hillhead 2-1 and are through to face Uppingham this morning at 10am. 
Sandy Gray playing with recently returned from college in the US and Gullane club champion, Tom Simmonds managed to win 3/2. David Rennie and Jordan Chatt, hoping to rekindle the great form that saw them form a great partnership last year in reaching the semi finals finished their game a little early at the 12th, while Ruaraidh Stewart and Niall Booker sealed victory in the bottom game. 
Good luck to the team this morning, the winner of that game will face the winners of Perth and Dollar Academies.  Our fellow Wayfarers were sadly unsuccessful, as none of them reached the second round. 
Day 2:
Glenalmond are out of the Queen Elizabeth after round 2, going down 2.5-0.5 to Uppingham.
Mike Thomson stepped in for Sandy Gray, but otherwise the team and the order remained unchanged, with the bottom two games finishing early, resigning the top game to a half (who were 1dn on the 16th, but looking good to win that hole). Thanks to the players for turning out and also with a good attendance at the dinner.