CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OGGS

The annual golf match between the School and the Old Gregorian Golfing Society took place on Tuesday 20th October 2020, with the OGGS winning five to four matches.

The OGGS team comprised of, Michael Liddell (B84), Christopher Grievson (Ra62), Jeremy Kenyon (S95), Richard Kenyon (S90), David Sheridan (C81) and Chris Thomas (U85).

The School team this year comprised Robert (L6), Sebastian (L6), Zak (L6), Archie (5F), Ned (5F) and Richard Jones (Director of Sport and master i/c Golf). Unfortunately Zak badly sprained his ankle during rugby training, paving the way for Mike Randall (Deputy Head Master) to join the team on the eve of the match. After a couple of practice rounds in recent weeks on the 9 hole, par 3 Manor Course at Farrington Park Golf Club, the School team managed to over a very early first tee off time (08:00am!) and performed well over the 19 holes in the morning. Greensomes, winning all three of the matches and heading in to lunch hungry but content with a good morning of golf. 

After an enjoyable lunch, which the School team shared in the company of the OGGS opponents, the afternoon singles got underway on the 18 hole Duchy Course, which would look to test the capabilities of School and OGGS golfers to the full. In blustery and occasional wet conditions, the Duchy Course offered a very different challenge to the morning rounds. Mike Randall went first and got the School off to a great start, winning his match vs Richard Kenyon (S90). Archie halved his match against OGGS Hon. Secretary, Michael Liddell (B84), and the other rounds were hugely enjoyable, and at times closely fought encounters.

The final result of what had proved to be a very enjoyable fixture was a win for the OGGS, by a slender margin of five matches to four. The School team thanked their opponents for the fixture and enjoyed the opportunity to hear more about their time at the School. Everyone headed home (and for the School team a much anticipated Half Term break) satisfied after a tiring day of golf, in what were at times challenging weather conditions. However, both sides can look forward with confidence to the year ahead with thanks to the new Development and Leadership Programme initiative, where more pupils will benefit from regular practice and the School team will be better prepared for the 2021 fixture against the OGGS.

The new Development and Leadership Programme aims to provide:

– Weekly opportunities for talented golf players to develop their playing abilities through practice and coaching.

– Development for girls and boys of all ages who may be new to golf or simply want to improve.

– Leadership opportunities in which more experienced players can mentor and support those new to the game.