We had two excellent events in September. We met up with our friends from St Lawrence, Ramsgate, at Redlibbets Golf Club and held our first ever event at Hever Castle Golf Club. Both days were blessed with some lovely weather and the golf wasn’t too bad either.
At Redlibbets, fifteen of us tee’d off after a light breakfast of coffee and bacon baps. The seven ODs were in two groups: Charlie Scott, Mark Rumble and Nigel Tubman and a four ball of Philip Barry, Michaels Tubman and Walter and, David Walter.
The course was in great condition and some very good scores were recorded and the winner and recipient of the Turnpenny Jug (plus wine and balls) was Philip Barry with a magnificent 41 points. The runner up with an impressive 40 points was Charlie Scott. Charlie had also collected the 1st prize at the previous event at Tandridge and so this summer he has amassed quite a decent contribution to his wine cellar.
Within 10 days, we met up again but this time at Hever Castle Golf Club which was the first time the ODGS had played there. Another lovely day was had by all but this time, perhaps due to a magnificent cooked breakfast, the scores were more modest with 30 points from the Captain earning him the title of the very first winner of the Presidents Cup. The ODGS President presented him with the trophy on the newly extended west facing terrace at Hever Castle Golf Club in bright afternoon sunshine. Runner up was Philip Barry with 29 points (yes, sometimes he has to make do with not winning). Nearest the pin was Mark Rumble and longest drive was Charlie Scott.
Although some found the course rather hard work (perhaps because they were zig zagging down the fairway/rough/bunkers and trees?) and trying to fish the ball out of Hever’s very own Amen Corner with streams, ponds and a lake. In addition, the longest hole on the course (par 5 17th) is also one of the longest in England at 644 yards.
After the golf and over sandwiches and chips, most of the eleven ODs stayed for the 2021 AGM of the ODGS which was very productive and attended by current members and a new member of the ODGS, Howard Tubman who was the 4th Tubman brother to attend Dover College and the third Tubman to become a member of the ODGS.
The remaining events of the year are at West Surrey GC for another Triangular match (V AllHallows and Eastbourne old boys) on 11 October, Knole Park on 21 October and the London Club on 11 November.
If you are interested in more info and/or joining us for a round or play in a match, please contact the Captain, Nigel Tubman (Tubman Tertius in 1964/5!).
at [email protected] or 07919 288727/WhatsApp
Mark Rumble having a practice swing Philip Barry, Gilbert Thompson, Michael Walter and Howard Tubman Tom from the Old Laurentians with ODs Charlie Scott, Tony Robin, David Walter and Mark Rumble on the 1st tee at Hever