Seniors Pairs Open 15th August 2017
Testament to the attractiveness of our course an excellent number of 152 golfers played in the Seniors Pairs Open at OGC on Tuesday 15th August.The weather was warm and sunny and there were some excellent scores.The results were as follows: First Terry Lawson of Hollywood GC and Tony Hill of Cox Moor GC with 45 points and the best back nine; Second, Peter Dodson and Garmon Ingman, both Stourbridge GC also 45 points; Third Terry Greenhalgh The Belfry GC and Robin Richards Nuneaton GC with 44 points and a best back 6; Fourth David Pugh Moseley GC and George Coulson Robin Hood GC, 44 points best back nine and fifth Michael Cahill and Roger Baker both Oxford GC ,44 points next best back nine. Clearly "local knowledge" counts for very little!
Seniors vs Copt Heath 11th August 2017
Always a pleasure to do battle with Copt Heath and Friday was no exception. Following OGC's lead CH had also taken advantage of a break in the bad weather to hollow tine and sand their greens which were therefore a bit unpredictable - but otherwise the course was excellent and the fish lunch was pretty good too. Regrettably the result followed a familiar pattern and a loss was recorded by 4 1/2 to 1 1/2. Graham Pillage and Tony Beer had a resounding win by 7 and 6 and Harry Orme and Ian Major eked out a half having contrived to give their opponents a 3 hole start.
Grandfathers Competition 8th August 2017
A very gloomy morning with drizzly early rain that thankfully eased about an hour after the 08:30am shotgun start of the Grandfathers Competition. There was a good turn-out, though the weather resulted in a few no-shows. Many players found the greens, newly tined and sanded and now wet, a bit tricky and long-putting was a bit of an issue. Nonetheless scoring was competitive. In third place was Malcolm Traves with 36 points. In second place, also on 36 points so on a count back, was Brian Cheshire, but the clear winner was Grandfather's debutant David Johns with an excellent 39 points. Congratulations to him and also to John Jarvie, Dave Mosley, Dennis Pick and David Johns (again) who will be depleting Charlie's stock of balls as their reward for some 2s.
Good to see a number of Grannys joining the Grandads for lunch and thanks also to Bob Gay for his entertaining photo montage taken out on the course. However, there must be something wrong with his lens as I looked about 5' 2" and two stone overweight.
Seniors vs Druids Heath 2nd August 2017
It's never an easy fixture away at Druids Heath with their lightening fast greens and where local knowledge is key. Thus your correspondent awaited news from Captain Brian with some trepidation. When it came, the email was succinct and to the point. It read "Briefly....we all lost". So, on the assumption there were seven matches, OGC Seniors went down with all hands and failed to gain a point for the first time this season. Rock bottom having been reached, the only way from here is up and Copt Heath will suffer the backlash on 11th August.
Senior Captain's Away Day Wellingborough GC 19th July 2017
The weather was kind to all, the coach was on time and there were no last minute problems. Forty players took part in a stableford competition and there were some very good scores. The best three cards out of four in a team counted for the team score which saw John Duncombe, Steve Fowler, John Pegg and Ian Gold scoring 100 points. Nearest the pin on the 4th hole was Terry Smith and on the 11th Hole it was Dick Birkin.
There were three main individual prizes. In third place was David Nicholas with 35 Points beating Brian Cheshire on count back. In second place also on 35 points was Graham Hoskin who beat David Nicholas on count back. And the Winner was John Duncombe with a super 40 points. Everyone was full of praise for the venue and departed after an excellent dinner.