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.
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Fixture list 2019
Conditions were windy, but thankfully we stayed dry all weekend. We came a slightly disappointing 4th place, failing to live up to last year's success. We were slow out of the blocks on Saturday morning but as that included the double game against Accies and Merchiston, it was a bad time for it! We more than made up for it by beating local rivals Strathallan by 18 holes, the biggest win of the weekend. Congratulations go to Accies who managed to beat Merchiston on better hole difference
Sunday morning against Fettes is usually the best time to play them, given their propensity to enjoy themselves on Saturday night. However, it wasn't to be as they put in a good performance and beat us by 4 holes.
Sunday afternoon was against Loretto, and as both teams were out of the running by this stage, it became more of friendly, as games 3 and 4 decided to only play 9 holes and their matches were honorable halves.
Thanks to Jim Patrick(Reid's 71-75), Tom Simmonds (Skrine's, 07-13), John Laird (Skrine’s 79-84), Ben Gray (Cairnies 80-85), Ruaraidh Stewart (Goodacre's 00-05), Jack Chillas (Goodacre's 02-07), Jordan Chatt (Patchell’s 14-16), Euan McSherry (Matheson's 90-95), Rod Mitchell (Goodacre's 75-80) and Captain David Sanderson (Matheson's 73-78) for turning out for the society.
Day 1: Sadly, Glenalmond lost to Radley on day one of the Hewitt, going down 3.5-1.5. With optimism high following a good run last year, including the wins over Edinburgh Academy and Watson's, we were hopeful for a good run. Last year's team saw Ruaraidh Stewart and John Bushell being unavailable, they were replaced by current Gullane club champion Tom Simmonds and new boy Niall Watson. However, Radley have an excellent record and were runners up in 2016, and showed it today with some good golf in blustery, but dry, conditions as Royal Cinque Ports GC.
Sandy Gray and Tom Simmonds, out top, weren't able to set the pace that we wanted, coming up against Radley's best pair, going down 3/2. At 2, the Frey brothers repeated their good form of last year, beating a fine Radley pair 1up. Peter Gordon and Jordan Chatt at 3 and Mo McEachran and Niall Watson at 4 both struggled to get a foothold in their matches, both losing on the 15th green. Jim Patrick and Mike Thomson took the customary half once the match was effectively over playing at 5, but were 1 up on the 17th when that came in a rather scrappy game. All this was overseen by Captain David Sanderson and President John Gordon.
We start in the Princes Plate tomorrow, played at Princes Golf Club, against Shrewsbury at 08:40. A team of 6 is required for this, so the veterans will leave the younger golfers to this, so we will be represented by Mo McEachran, Tom Simmonds, Andreas Frey, Karl Frey, Jordan Chatt and Peter Gordon, with Mike Thomson on hand to step in if needed in the afternoon. We're hoping for better fortunes in the plate.
Our fellow Scottish schools have fared better, with Accies, Fettes and Watson's all recording victories. Loretto were still out on the course and Merchiston play tomorrow.
Our match scores can be found in the attached image and the full results in the attached link.
Day 2: After Day 1's disappointment, a team of Andy and Karl Frey, Tom Simmonds, Mo McEachran, Pete Gordon and Jordan Chatt ventured to Princes Golf Club. to take on Shrewsbury in round 1 of the plate. The wind was slightly calmer and remained dry, but it was still pretty cold.
Despite the Thursday night "celebrations", the team performed very well indeed, with a comfortable 2.5-0.5 win. The bottom game were dormi 2 up when the game was finished, so were saddened not get their win.
However, the afternoon was not as successful, losing a tight game to Mill Hill 2-1. Andy and Karl lost down the 19th and Pete and Jordan lost 2/1, with Tom and Mo winning 2/1.
So that's it for another year. As always, the team enjoyed themselves and we now have an exciting core of young players who can hopefully bring success for many years to come. Next year, we have an early Hewitt, as it is on 2nd to 5th April. Here's hoping for a favourable draw and better luck next year.
Over the Easter weekend at Western Gailes, Glenalmond managed to re-gain the Senior Wayfarers title with a team of Sandy Gray (Goodacre's, 71-76), Niall Booker (Patchell's, 71-75), Jim Patrick (Reid's, 71-75), David Sanderson (Matheson's 73-78), Ben Gray (Cairnies, 80-85) and John Gordon (Skrine's, 68-73).
The format is qualifying stableford on Saturday, followed by knock out matchplay thereafter.
Semi-final 1 - Glenalmond beat Fettes
Semi-final 2 - Accies beat Strathallan
Wooden spoon play off - Loretto beat Merchiston
Final - Glenalmond beat Accies
Glenalmond now have a perfect record at Western Gailes, when the tournament was moved away from Prestwick two years ago. Next year they are back at Muirfield and the team will be looking to improve on their 6th place finish last year at that venue.