Summer Meeting 2019

AOGS Summer Meeting 2019

We had a fantastic few days on the Kent coast playing over the links at Deal and Sandwich with many of us staying for three-nights in The Dower House, Knowlton.


For those of us travelling from afar, the meeting started on Monday evening with an Al Fresco Curry Night at the Dower House, a few beers and the odd glass of wine.

Tuesday – Royal Cinque Ports GC, Deal

The first day at Deal started at lunchtime with 20 players. The weather was fine and bright with a gentle breeze that filled in as the day progressed, very much ‘into’ down the challenging finishing holes. There we some notable scores on the first day, Stuart Poole returning 38 stableford points and Brian Smy on 37 were heading the field – Mirza shot a gross 76 (4 over) to be leading in the Gold Medal.

Tuesday evening was rounded off with a barbeque at The Dower House accompanied by David Griffiths on guitar and finished off with a dramatic half-hour of thunder and lightning.

Wednesday – Royal St George’s GC – Sandwich

We arrived at Sandwich to be greeted by a bright, calm day – hardly a breath of wind. It was decided to play off the bogey card that gives a par of 76 rather than the usual stiff 70 – many of the longer par 4s being recategorized as par5s. The benign weather made for an extremely low scoring round.

Out in the first group, Mark Lacey shot a gross 76 off his 13 handicap that translated into 49 points, but that wasn’t enough to win the day!  David Leakey shot a gross 79 off his 17 handicap – an incredible 50 points. Other members of the society will be pleased to learn that both of their clubs have been informed.

Other scores of note were, Peter Tomlinson with a gross 76 for 45 points and Artur McLean with a gross 78 for 43 points.

Prizegiving and the AGM were held at Royal St George’s before heading off to The Dower House for steaks cooked on the open fire.

Thursday – Royal St George’s GC – Deal

It was disappointing that there were only two teams entered for the team trophies – a team from The Rifles and a Royal Artillery team. Clearly, we could neither compete for the The Argyll & Sutherland Challenge Bowl, nor The Ordnance Cup. The committee decided to repurpose the Egypt Cup as the prize for a newly constituted competition, The Summer Foursomes. The other competitions will be reinstated subject to future entries.

The New Summer Foursomes was a resounding success with the team of David Leakey (Wednesday’s star performer) and Dick Jenkinson coming out on top.

Future Summer Meetings

2020 is confirmed at Panmure for 9–11 June. We will also be booking accommodation.

2021 is confirmed at Deal & Sandwich for 15–17 June and we have re-booked the Dower House for the Mon-Wed.


Black Watch Medal

Winner: Mirza Datoo 156 Runner-up: Brian Smy 157

Grenadier Guards Cup

Winner: Mirza Datoo 156 Runner-up: Brian Smy 157

The Royal Indian Army Service Corps Cup

Winner: Mark Lacey 80pts Runner-up: Stuart Poole 80pts

The Andrew Turnbull Salver

Colin Welbourne

The Veterans’ Cup

Winner: Mark Lacey 80pts Runner-up: Stuart Poole 80pts

The British Troops Austria Officers’ GS Prize

Winner: Stuart Poole 139 Runner-up: Brian Smy 141

The Super Veterans Prize

Winner: Jimmy Alexander 65pts Runner-up: David Griffiths 62 pts

Egypt Cup – The Summer Foursomes

David Leakey & Dick Jenkinson