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Combat Stress is the UK’s leading veterans’ mental health charity. They treat a range of mental health conditions including PTSD, depression and anxiety. This charity is a very worthy cause and is dear to my heart. They are holding a charity golf day at The Berkshire in May. It would be fabulous if some members of AOGS could enter teams to help support the excellent work that they do.

Details of the day are below.

Mirza Datoo ( Secretary)

 

Charity Golf Day

Monday 29 May 2017, The Berkshire Golf Club, Ascot, Berkshire

 We are pleased to announce that we have been offered an exclusive Charity Golf Day at the prestigious Berkshire Golf Club. Join us and play one of the most highly regarded golf courses on the British Isles, whilst raising vital funds for Combat Stress.

Founded in 1928, The Berkshire Golf Club is home to two Herbert Fowler designed courses. The Berkshire is a traditional Members’ Club which warmly welcomes visiting golfers all year round to enjoy the beauty of its pine and heather lined courses, and to face the subtle challenges of Fowler’s superb traditional design.

A team of four will cost £1,000, and the event will include breakfast and refreshments provided on arrival, 4 ball tournament played on the championship Red Course, a seated 3 course carvery lunch and the chance to go home with superb team and individual prizes.

Timings

8.00am – Registration and Breakfast

9.30am – Shotgun start

More than 6,000 veterans are currently registered with us for support with mental health issues. The youngest is just 18 years old, the oldest is 97. Since 2011 we have seen a 71% increase in referrals. As we continue to deal with the legacy of recent conflicts, the need for ongoing support has never been clearer. Events such as this Golf Day provide much needed funds which mean we are in a stronger financial position to meet this increased demand.

We encourage you to book your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please contact the Events team on 01372 587148 or events@combatstress.org.uk to book your tickets or for more information.

I do hope you will join us.

Warm wishes,

Katy Mount

Events Manager

Inter Regimental Matches – AOGS Summer Meeting

General

As we approach our Summer meeting I felt that it would be useful to put out some guidance to make the running of the inter-regimental matches easier. Over the past few years we have seen a decline in the number of teams entering and as a society we have run into problems with tee times.

As a Society it appears that we do not have any clear and unambiguous rules for these competitions, rather just a considerable amount of hearsay that is not that helpful. In addition as the Army continues to re-structure (ie Shrink) it is more difficult to get regimental teams out, which is a real pity.

I would, therefore, like to adopt the following proposals for this years meeting:

Trophies

The following trophies will be competed for:

The Argyll and Sutherland Challenge Bowl (teams of 4)
The Ordnance Cup (teams of 5)
The Sunningdale Cup (teams of 5)
The Egypt Cup (teams of 5)

In the case of the latter three the number of teams entered will dictate how many of the trophies will be played for.

Seeding

Seeding will continue to be based on the sum of the handicaps of each team.

Format

I have experienced a number of formats that have included round-robin and knockout with both being played on one or two days. This is unhelpful and is often not known until the AGM. It makes the booking of tee slots extremely difficult and means that individuals are not clear as to how many nights accommodation they need to source. In addition, the matches have been played off scratch and are on a holes up basis. This means that in the event that a team loses a player they are penalised 18 holes and it is demoralising having to play against an individual who has a considerably better handicap than your own.

It is, therefore, proposed that the Ordnance, Sunningdale and Egypt Cups will all be competed for in a single day. Matches will be played as match play off handicap and each will result in W/L/H (1/0/½). In the event that the match is halved the two team Captains will play sudden death to achieve a result.

Ideally, the Secretary will endeavour to have 4 teams competing for each trophy. In such a case the first seeded team will play the fourth with the second seeded team playing the third. The winners will then compete for the trophy with the losers playing off for third and fourth place. If there are only three teams entered in a competition, the second and third seeds will play off to decide who will play against the first seeded team in the final. In the event that there are only two teams entered in a cup the match will be decided over 36 holes.

To ensure that we are able to maintain a good field of teams, individuals should be allowed to form composite groupings and compete alongside the regimental teams and win the trophies. This may well encourage more individuals to stay after the individual competitions.

The Argyll and Sutherland Challenge bowl has traditionally been played over 2 days due to the number of teams entered, and in addition the teams are only 4 players strong. It is proposed that the Infantry cap badges should be able to put teams forward based on the Infantry Divisional structure in the event that they can no longer find enough of the ‘willing’ from a single cap badge. I would welcome feed back from the various Captains on this. In the event that there are only 4 teams entered that it is recommended that the same format as the other competitions be adopted.

Since there will be a number of individuals who will stay for the full week, the Secretary will organise the AOGS Summer Stableford Competition to be played on the Friday morning.

The following table depicts how the Ordnance, Sunningdale and Egypt Cups will organised:

Teams Entered Format
2 Ordnance Cup (36 Holes)
3 Ordnance Cup
4 Ordnance Cup
5 3 Teams Ordnance Cup
2 Teams Sunningdale Cup
6 4 Teams Ordnance Cup
2 Teams Sunningdale Cup
7 4 Teams Ordnance Cup
3 Teams Sunningdale Cup
8 4 Teams Ordnance Cup
4 Teams Sunningdale Cup
9 4 Teams Ordnance Cup
3 Teams Sunningdale Cup
2 Teams Egypt Cup
10 4 Teams Ordnance Cup
3 Teams Sunningdale Cup
3 Teams Egypt Cup
11 4 Teams Ordnance Cup
4 Teams Sunningdale Cup
3 Teams Egypt Cup
12 4 Teams Ordnance Cup
4 Teams Sunningdale Cup
4 Teams Egypt Cup

I would like to suggest that the above is adopted for this year. It has been discussed by the Committee and there will be an opportunity to discuss at the AGM.

Mark Lacey