MATCH REPORT FOR THE ANNUAL TRIANGULAR MATCH, BETWEEN THE OLD ST LAWRENTIANS, OLD KINGS CANTERBURY, AND OLD DOVORIAN GOLF SOCIETY AT ROYAL ASHDOWN FOREST GOLF CLUB
ON THURSDAY 1st OCTOBER 2020
A significant victory came our way on Thursday 1st October at the lovely Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club, a few miles south east of East Grinstead.
The match against St Lawrence and Kings Canterbury involved two rounds; in the morning we played the magnificent ‘Old Course’ and in the afternoon the more run of the mill ‘West Course’.
Foursomes is a great format requiring great team work rather than play as individuals. For this match, we play in three pairs (one pair from each school) in three groups, each pair using one ball and taking it in turns to hit it (preferably in the right direction). Four ODs played both rounds and four ODs played one round each (you could argue it was a very good use of substitutes by bringing in fresh players). The other two schools fielded the same 6 players for both rounds.
Our team consisted of some highly experienced foursomes players: David Norman, Richard Owen, Charlie Scott, Mark Rumble and Patrick King supported by Philip Barry, Justin Hatfield and Nigel Tubman.
With a maximum of 12 points available to win by a team, ODGS won 7.5 points with the other two schools trailing on 5 and 5.5 points. Our star player was Richard Owen who with his playing partners (David Norman in the morning and Mark Rumble in the afternoon) won all 4 of the possible points.
I should mention lunch. A substantial plateful of roast pork, plenty of roast potatoes and vegetables and dessert. It was all washed down with a pint of Harveys though one or two had lager or a soft drink.
We were joined by Andrew Hitchcock who was Captain for the first 3 years of the 21st century and also served a very long stint as the Treasurer between 1989 and 2010.
Owing to the Covid-19 regulations, we sat down to eat on tables of six and it is hoped we will return to the normal seating in 2021 with more socialising before and after eating.
Unfortunately, by the time we left the course at 7pm, the club house and bar were closed so the Presentation of the Trophy to ODGS Captain Nigel Tubman, representing the Winner, took place in the dark of the car park!
Captain ODGS 2020-2022