In September, the 2015 Old Bedfordian Golfing Society Autumn Meeting and AGM was held for the first time at The Bedfordshire Golf Club, a course which has developed a great deal in the last few years into a genuine challenge and now hosts a number of Bedford School related golfing events. In what is becoming an unwelcome tradition, last minute injuries and cancellations saw a diminished total of 14 players assemble on an otherwise beautiful day for golf.
However, in an alarming realisation of OBGS members’ inability to follow simple instructions, Richard Mitchell (77-87) firstly mistook The Bedford Golf Club for The Bedfordshire Golf Club and then Dan Mules (86-96), Iain Pratt (83-93) and Mike Bevan (50-62) went to the first tee on the wrong course, so we were lucky to have 14 people playing at all!
Not being able to get onto the main course until the afternoon meant a reversal of the usual format; the morning was eclectic foursomes on the par three course with the singles played on the main course in the afternoon. The steadfast pair of Maris (48-60) and Pratt conquered the par three course in two under par gross, amassing 25 stableford points in the process to win by one point.
The AGM was held over a delicious lunch of celery and stilton soup, steak and ale pie and cheesecake. The President, Captain, Vice-Captain and Secretary were duly re-elected and the Secretary provided a summary of the year’s fixtures and reported the sound financial standing of the Club. Feeling suitably refreshed, some less so after a fair few glasses of wine, the players took to the main course for the afternoon singles.
James Lawson (61-66) continued his fine OBGS form to win the Senior Trophy with a round of 37 stableford points whilst Oli Nicholas (97-02), on debut, recorded his best ever gross score to romp home to the Junior Trophy with 42 points. Despite repeatedly claiming to have paperwork evidencing his handicap, there were significant calls for the handicap committee to meet before the Spring Meeting.
Tom Langley-Poole (96-06) found some surprising form to shoot 73 to claim the Scratch Trophy on countback from Iain Pratt, who pointed out that represented not only the lowest gross round not to win the Scratch Trophy in a long time but also that he’d lost on countback something like four times out of the last six. With tiny violins playing, the Medal Trophy provided some consolation for Iain at least, won with an excellent net 67.
The Captain’s Prize of ‘Best Supporting Player’ for the worst score of the day (a bottle of brandy) went to Roger Dalzell (48-57) for 22 stableford points, ironic not least because he doesn’t drink. A fine day was had by all, with attentions turning to the remaining match of the year, Wrekin College at Woburn in October.
Tom Langley-Poole (96-06)