Never before has the first OB Golf Society event of the year been the Autumn Meeting. The new normal? Let’s hope not; despite Tim Henderson missing a hole in one by six inches on the 3rd, Stan Lersch’s 10 on the 1st seemingly set a more appropriate tone for many, and by the looks of the scores, all of the ten players assembled had spent lockdown doing anything other than playing golf!

The 2020 OBGS Autumn Meeting and AGM came to the Dukes course at Woburn, bathed in sunshine and made difficult by exceptional putting surfaces and a particularly slow member’s medal out just before us.

As is now the norm for Woburn fixtures, 18 holes singles in the afternoon followed a delicious – albeit socially distanced – lunch of steak & ale pie and cheesecake, with all four trophies on offer.

An extremely brief AGM was held, during which the Secretary was unable to provide a summary of the year’s fixtures – there haven’t been any. Given the write off of the year, the Secretary proposed all officials serve a further 12 months in their respective roles which was unanimously agreed.

Having won the Scratch Trophy in 2019 with probably the worst score in OBGS history, Tom Langley-Poole trumped it with an even worse score, 85. The Medal Salver was more deservedly won by James Lawson with a net 78.

With only two players eligible for The Junior Trophy – one of whom being James Lawson – Charlie Wren was delighted to claim it by default to the amusement of all, also with probably a record low score of 21 points.  Surging back into the realms of respectability, the Senior Trophy was won by Chris Johnson with 29 points. Here’s to hoping for a more ‘normal’ 2021!

Attendees: Tom Langley-Poole (96-06): Captain & Secretary, Tim Henderson (64-71): Vice-Captain, Simon Kimber (58-65), James Lawson (61-66), Stan Lersch (81-88), Chris Johnson (66-75), Charlie Wren (95-06), Seb Wren (02-12), Ben Garrett (04-15) and Jim Black (73-82)

Tom Langley-Poole

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