AOGS Summer Meeting 2018

This year’s summer meeting was held over Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 of June at Saunton GC. In a departure from previous years, the Individual Championships were competed for separately from the Inter Corps and there was a larger social element to the meeting.

The Golf

The golf was held played over the magnificent links at Saunton Golf Club. The first round on Tuesday, was over the East Course. The conditions were relatively benign with just a gentle breeze blowing over and around the dunes. The course set up, however, was tough – hard, bouncy fairways and greens gave an exacting challenge with deep rough just beyond the first cut of the semi. Colin Welbourne emerged with an overnight lead having shot a gross 77 (38 stableford points). Other notable scores were Richard Kemmis-Betty with 34 points and Jonathan Howard with 33 points.

Wednesday’s action moved to the shorter but tighter West Course with its meandering ditches and a freshening breeze. It was a stiffer scoring day, the best return coming from David Griffiths with 38 points – Peter Tomlinson scored 34 points and Mirza Datoo came in with 33 points.

The Results

Black Watch Challenge Medal: 36 Holes Scratch Medal

Winner Gold Medal: C Welbourne [159 Gross]

Runner Up Silver Medal: M Datoo [163 Gross]

Grenadier Guards Cup: 36 Holes Scratch Retired Members Medal

Winner: M Datoo [163 Gross]

Runner Up: P Tomlinson [166 Gross]

The Royal Indian Army Service Corps Cup: 36 Holes Stableford (Full Handicap)

Winner: C Welbourne – 70 Stableford Points

Runner Up: P Tomlinson – 65 Stableford Points

The Andrew Turnbull Salver: 36 Holes Handicap Serving Members Medal

Winner: C Welbourne [145 Gross]

The Veterans Cup: 36 holes Stableford (Full Handicap)

Winner: D Griffiths – 69 Stableford Points

Runner Up: C Batty – 53 Stableford Points

The British Troops Austria Officers’ GS Prize: 36 Holes Handicap Medal

Winner: C Welbourne [145]

Runner Up: P Tomlinson [150]

The Cavan National Playing Fields Cup: Best 18 Holes Stableford over either Course.

Winner: C Welbourne 38 Stableford Points

Runner Up: Richard Kemmis-Betty 34 Stableford Points

The Social

On Tuesday night, we all gathered at the magnificent Corffe House, where a dozen or so of us were staying, for an ‘al fresco’ curry night. Everyone contributed some beer or wine; the Charles Batty €1.70 a litre Charentaise wine proved a hit. The convivial evening was royally accompanied by David Griffiths, some singing and his guitar.

Those staying overnight were treated next morning to a ‘Presidents Breakfast’ from Mark lacey comprising breakfast bangers form the Kington butcher, black pudding, eggs, bacon, beans and devilled kidneys courtesy of the Captain.

Many were staying in Devon on the Wednesday night and returned to Corffe for a barbeque around the roaring fire-pit and the swapping of ‘war-stories’.

On Thursday Morning, most left after breakfast but six of us went on to play a round at very windy Royal North Devon, Westward Ho! courtesy of Alistair Reid.