AOGS v Rye GC at Rye GC 12th & 13th October 2018
The Rye fixture is always one of the most eagerly anticipated on the calendar and as with many of our fixtures, friendships and rivalry are renewed annually – this year we had Don McCutchan, Jamie Glover-Wilson, Jo Gunnell and even our President, Mark Lacey for 2 rounds, were playing for the Club.
The warm weather was still in evidence as we arrived on the Friday but, it was accompanied by winds gusting up to 40 mph making the Ryle links a stiffer challenge than usual. The members handled the conditions better than the Army Officers with the overnight score standing at 7½ to 4½ in favour of the Club.
Many of us met in the Ypres Castle in the Rye Citadel for a super evening. Suitably refreshed and rested, we returned to the course on Saturday morning full of vigour and resolve! The wind had abated slightly but was still strong. The matches were all hard fought and finished 4 to 1 in favour of the Army Officers giving an overall match score of 8½ to 8½ – a richly deserved and equitable half.
AOGS v RNGS at Piltdown, 10 October 2018
John Saville & Nigel Bartlett
Doc Watson & Donald McCutchan
Ian Griffiths & Frank Ham
Charles Batty & Keith Mitchelson
Keith Chaundy & Neville Goulton
The fixture against the Royal Navy Golf Society was played on Wednesday 10 October at Piltdown Golf Club. The fixture, having missed a year, is now under the stewardship of Don McCutchan for AOGS alongside Nigel Manger (Piltdown Member) of the RNGS.
The weather on the day was warm and sunny, an unseasonable 25 degrees. The course was in magnificent condition having recovered well from the long, dry summer. The Army Officers won the first skirmish of the day, the ‘Battle of the A272’ – the traffic issues meant there was some shuffling of the batting order, but all was well in the end.
With the local traffic difficulties and some having long distances to travel, it was decided to call the match at lunchtime – some choosing to play fewer holes in the afternoon. Our host, Nigel, was apologetic for having chosen an autumnal menu and not having anticipated the warm weather but the fabulous ham & leek pie followed by bread and butter pudding with both ice-cream and custard (other choices we available) was superb.
The morning foursomes were closely fought with many matches unresolved until the 18th, however, the Army Officers prevailed once again with the final result being 3½ to 1½ in favour of AOGS.
This was the first time that many of us had both played in the fixture and, at the venue. The course, catering and company were all excellent and the staff were warm and welcoming. I would highly commend this fixture.
The match had ‘lost its slot’ on the West Sussex calendar so Piltdown was chosen as potentially, a temporary arrangement, but it was unanimously agreed by all that the fixture should return to Piltdown next year and at £65 for two rounds, a bacon roll, and an excellent lunch was terrific value.
The annual match against Tidworth Garrison GC (the 11th of its kind) took place yesterday, with the teams again led by Ian Holmes (AOGS) and General Sir Peter Beale (Tidworth). Several “new caps” appeared in both teams, including General Sir “Jack” Deverell for the AOGS. This match proved to be closer than many before with four of the five games going to, at least, the 17th. The results are shown below :
TIDWORTH Result AOGS
Peter Beale and Robert Thayer Half Half Ian Holmes and Jack Deverell
Martin Shaw and Peter McNicol 0 1 Roger Antolik and Edward Vale
Alan Butterworth and Carel Bouwens 1 0 Ian Griffiths and John Maclean
Frank Ham and Brian Hutchins 1 0 Tony Moorby and Paddy Hartigan
Brian Rollinson and Simon Pethick 1 0 Richard Kemmis Betty and Tim Merritt
Overall 3 1/2 1 1/2
After an excellent supper, the two captains that the bond between the two teams was so strong that the fixture must continue. The date will be confirmed with the 2019 Fixture List.
This year’s match was held on 12 August, the relentless Summer had been interrupted by a torrential downpour on the night before the course was still dry and firm but the greens were relatively receptive.
The AOGS team was;
The match was a very tight affair with the result still unclear until the final match came home. Ultimately it was honours even with a score of 2½ each.
Lunch was the usual convivial affair enjoyed with our wonderful hosts.
Match Result: Royal Worlington & Newmarket 2½ AOGS 2½
The AOGS Inter Corps/Inter Regimentals were held this year at Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club on Thursday 5 July with 36 holes of singles played over The Old Course.
We had four teams entered on the day representing;
The Royal Artillery
The ‘Ironsides’ (a combined armour team)
The Captain’s Select
In the morning matches, the Royal Artillery beat the Captain’s Select 3-1. The REME and the Ironsides drew 2-2 and, given the extreme heat, agreed to decide the match on a coin toss, with the REME winning out.
In the afternoon matches, the REME beat the Gunners 3-1 to take the spoils. The other match was halved 2-2.
The matches were played in the height of the current ‘heat wave’ with temperatures in the 30s. The course was wonderfully presented in a hard, fast, bouncy condition. While Royal Ashdown has no bunkers, the hard fairways certainly brought the heather into play off the tee. The heat was unrelenting and when, halfway through the afternoon round, the heavens opened, and we had the briefest of cloudburst, rather than reaching for the waterproofs, the assembled body of golfers turned their faces to the sky and raised their arms as if engaged in some bizarre pagan rite!
This year, the de-coupling of the Individual matches from the Team matches was an experiment. For those that took part in both, the overwhelming feedback has been extremely positive. It is disappointing to note that there were no entrants for the Argyll & Sutherland Challenge Bowl which appears to be a recurring theme when the competition is not held in Kent.
Next year, the Summer Meeting will be brought back together at Sandwich and Deal in the traditional format from Tuesday 18 June ‘til Thursday 20 June.
The match was held at the magnificent Surrey Heathland course at Worplesdon Golf Club and as the dry hot weather continued, the course was baked-hard and fast with great value for any shot hit along the fairway. The match was played with twelve a side and comprised two rounds of foursomes with lunch in between.
The morning matches resulted a healthy lead for AOGS, we returned to the clubhouse up 4-2. An excellent lunch was enjoyed in the convivial company of our XL Club opponents who were very generous with the wine and (for some of us) the kummel.
The afternoon was ultimately just as successful as the morning round with AOGS again returning a 4-2 score line to give AOGS an overall win of 8-4.
On a personal note, this was the first time I had played either the fixture or the course and found both to be fabulous – I would highly commend this fixture to anyone that hasn’t played in it before; next year’s date is set for Friday 21 June.
I am pleased to say that AOGS won both matches – with some style – a feat we have not managed since 2014. The match at Hunstanton was played in dull, overcast and humid conditions. The absence of any wind of note probably played a large part in allowing AOGS to master their opponents in the key matches. Saturday at Brancaster continued to be humid but again very little wind allowed the pairings of Singer/Antolik and Smy/Alexander to completely dominate their opponents.
Won 3 1/2 to 2 1/2
Nigel Bartlett & David Harrison………….L
Alvin Hopley & Iain Pretsell……………….W
David Griffiths & David Gordon………….L
Mark Lacey & Keith Chaundy…………….H
David Watson & Neville Goulton………..W
Frank Ham & Roger Antolik……………….W
The Army Officers’ Golfing Society managed to scrape a win, redressing the balance a little. Hankley have won seventeen matches, we have won eight and two have been halved. Hankley Common GC is a wonderful golf club, in almost any conditions, but we played on the hottest day of the year. It was glorious and all enjoyed a great day of golf. Nigel Still organised the Hankley team and persuaded the Captain of the club to play against us. David Harrison and I discovered he is rather good off his eighteen handicap.