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OSGS Record Historic Victory over Olton G.C.OSGS Record Historic Victory over Olton G.C.

On a day of near pefect conditions for golf and on a course in excellent condition, the Old Silhillians Gofing Society recorded an historic victory over Olton Golf Club for the first time since 2002.

In what turned out to be a highly competitive and close match the OSGS prevailed by 6.5 matches to 5.5 matches, with some strong performances from many of the team.

After a sumptuous lunch, Olton "A Team" Captain Andy Watkinson presented OSGS President Rob Chetland with the Biran Urry Bowl (pictured) and commenced the celebrations that went on long in to the evening.

The Society's thanks must go to the Green and House staff, together with the members of Olton Golf Club for making the event such a memorable success.

Captain victorious in Invitation AM-AMCaptain victorious in Invitation AM-AM

On a bright, sunny day with a slightly testing breeze, OSGS Captain James Hetherington led his team to victory in the Invitation AM-AM competition.

The victorious team, consisting of OGC Captain Moray Hulme, former Captain Nic Heath and OGC President Garry Carroll posted a highly competitve 91 pts. to see off the challenge of the second placed team consisting of former winners James Clapham and Tom Shiels, who were joined by guests Matt Fell and Alex Thompsson, who recorded 89 pts.

Hole in One tops impressive OSGS victory over Copt Heath G CHole in One tops impressive OSGS victory over Copt

The Old Silhillians entertained a competitve Copt Heath team at Olton Golf Club in near perfect conditions and ran out comprehensive victors with a 5:1 result.

With solid performances from the entire Team the match was topped off by a maiden hole in one for Old Silhillian Bob Young, proving, in his 82nd year, that age is no barrier to sporting excellence! Bob's ace was at the testing Par 3 13th hole at Olton Golf Club.

Solihull dominate Grafton Morrish qualifier

A solid performance from a strong Solihull side saw them dominate the Midlands regional qualifier for the Grafton Morrish competition.

The experienced team of James Hetherington, Louis Meryon, Barney Dowding, Harry Westall, Tom Shiels and Patrick Skakel scored a highly competitve 91 pts. to finish first ahead of Warwick with 87 pts. and Shrewsbury with 84 pts., in a competition played in near perfect conditions but sadly depleted by late cry-offs.

The 3 qualifying teams now move forward to the Grafton Morrish Finals to be played at Hunstanton Golf Club and Royal West Norfolk Golf Club between 5th & 7th October 2018. All support for a great exhibition of amatuer scratch golf will be very welcome.

Snow doesn't spoil the December Vase

Despite a covering of snow, the OSA December Vase competion went ahead as planned, with over 40 of the original field of 66 taking to the course, courtesy of the hard work and generosity of Olton Golf Club.

On a day when high scoring was difficult, many of the field posted highly respectable scores with Gareth Simpson taking the trophy with a creditable score of 39 points, with Stuart Belcher (37pts), Paul Hedley (36pts) and Iain Belcher (35pts) picking up the prizes in the up to 16 handicap division. Mike Stubbings (33pts) and Graham Loader (29pts) collected the minor placings in the 16 and above handicap division.

In what turned out to be a bit of a "Belcherfest", father of the clan John, collected the David Powell Memorial Trophy for Veterans with a highly creditable score of 34pts.

The sporting activity was followed by the traditional lunch in the Clubhouse and our thanks must go to the Members, Bar Staff and Catering team at Olton Golf Club who provided exceptional fayre and extended their trademark hospitality on the day.

Grafton Morrish success in the Solihull SalverGrafton Morrish success in the Solihull Salver

Supported by the massed ranks of “seasoned tourists”, the Team opened with an extremely close vicory over local rivals Coventry in the 1st round. The victory came courtesy of a sudden death playoff win at the 2nd extra hole for the pairning of Louis Meryon & James Hetherington following a strong win for Barney Dowding & Harry Westall and an unfortunate reverse for Jeremy Stubbings & Tom Shiels. 

In the 2nd Round, despite another strong showing from Westall and Dowding, we unfortunately could not quite repeat the drama of round one and were overcome by a strong Ampleforth side, losing the match 2-1, and therefore exiting the main competition.

The following day we returned to play in the Solihull Salver; a scratch stableford competition for those schools who lost in rounds one and two. We were back to full strength with the arrival of Patrick Skakel who partnered Tom Shiels. A field of 28 teams took part with Solihull winning the event with a combined score of 94 points. The pair of Hetherington & Meryon were also triumphant in the individual competition with a magnificent 38 points (2 under par).

This is only the third occassion the school has won the Solihull Salver and the disappointment of our exit from the main competition the previous day was soon forgotten and gave us a good reason to celebrate with the usual army of supporters!

As a result of our victory we qualified for the Committee Bowl, a knockout event for the top four teams in the Solihull Salver. Playing against Loughborough at Hunstanton on the final day of competition, we didn’t quite hit the same form and eventually lost 2½ - ½ 

Nevertheless, huge congratulations to the team on winning the Solihull Salver and thanks to all the supporters for once again making the trip such a special one.

Roger Cupit: Captain - 1989 ; President 2014-15Roger Cupit: Captain - 1989 ; President 2014-15

We are very sad to advise that Roger Cupit died on August Bank Holiday Saturday
26th August in Solihull hospital.

A Memorial Service was held at Solihull School Chapel on Wednesday 13th
September.

Roger is already missed by all his family and friends.

"A Team" victorious against old rivals Copt Heath

A Team v Copt Heath

Thursday 15th June - Copt Heath

An outstanding performance away from home against tough opposition, with the result only decided by the outcome of the last match. 

Despite a couple of early losses our strength in depth saw us through with the drama unfolding on the 18th as, after what seemed like an eternity looking for golf balls, our "anchor men" Will Westall & Damian Kelly held fast to win 1 up and secure victory!

A terrific end to the match and a thoroughly enjoyable time with great company at the meal afterwards. Congratulations to the team on a great result!

Result: Won 4-2

"A Team" succumb to strong Ladbrook Park team

A Team v Ladbrook Park

Wednesday 24th May - Olton GC

Played under blues skies and glorious sunshine our first fixture of the year produced a hard fought match against a strong Ladbrook side. The "experienced" pair of Peter Siddall & Bob Young, held fast to get well earned half which was matched by the "experimental" partnership of Tim Platt & James Clapham. Well played chaps!

Unfortunately the other two games were lost, albeit by margins of only 2&1. Credit to Ladbrook for getting in early and poaching Old Sil Tom Brewer - six birdies eventually proved too much for your Captain and John Belcher! Nevertheless, much fun was had by all and the matched was rounded off with a relaxed beer or two and sandwiches on the patio.

Thanks to all who played and in particular those drafted in at the last minute.Played under blues skies and glorious sunshine our first fixture of the year produced a hard fought match against a strong Ladbrook side. The "experienced" pair of Peter Siddall & Bob Young, held fast to get well earned half which was matched by the "experimental" partnership of Tim Platt & James Clapham. Well played chaps!

Unfortunately the other two games were lost, albeit by margins of only 2&1. Credit to Ladbrook for getting in early and poaching Old Sil Tom Brewer - six birdies eventually proved too much for your Captain and John Belcher! Nevertheless, much fun was had bPlayed under blues skies and glorious sunshine our first fixture of the year produced a hard fought match against a strong Ladbrook side. The "experienced" pair of Peter Siddall & Bob Young, held fast to get well earned half which was matched by the "experimental" partnership of Tim Platt & James Clapham. Well played chaps!

Unfortunately the other two games were lost, albeit by margins of only 2&1. Credit to Ladbrook for getting in early and poaching Old Sil Tom Brewer - six birdies eventually proved too much for your Captain and John Belcher! Nevertheless, much fun was had by all and the matched was rounded off with a relaxed beer or two and sandwiches on the patio.

Thanks to all who played and in particular those drafted in at the last minute.y all and the matched was rounded off with a relaxed beer or two and sandwiches on the patio.

Thanks to all who played and in particular those drafted in at the last minute.

Result: Lost 3-1

 

Solihull Qualify for The Grafton Morrish Finals

On a mainly dry but slightly blustery day the Solihull team of Louis Meryon & James Hetherington, Tom Shiels & Patrick Skakel and Barney Dowding & Andy Hooper played some excellent golf to ensure qualification for the Grafton Morrish Finals to be played at Hanstanton Golf Club and Brancaster Golf Club between Friday 29th September and Sunday 1st October 2017.

The Solihull team (84 pts) withheld a strong challenge from Coventry (83 pts) and Shrewsbury (78 pts) to qualify in second place behind a very strong Monmouth team who score an impressive (94 pts).

The Team and supporters are looking forward to the Finals where they shall meet some new faces with many familiar, and usually well fancied, teams have missed out on qualification.

If you are interested in suporting the Team at the Finals please contact The Captain, Jeremy Stubbings.

Fred Harris (Jago 1952 -57)

It is with great sadness that we must inform you that Fred Harris passed away on New Year’s Day.

Fred was a great character, well known for his strong opinions on many topics and always excellent company. He was a very keen, longstanding and highly active member of the Old Silhillians Golfing Society and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

His funeral will take place at 1:00 pm at St Margaret’s Church, Olton, on Wednesday 25th January.

Jamie Letts wins the December VaseJamie Letts wins the December Vase

Although the OSA December Vase competition was played in typical overcast and misty early Winter conditions, some highly competitve golf was played amongst a starting line-up of 60 golfers.

On a day when scores of 38 pts from Patrick Skakel, 39 pts from Paul Hedley and 40 pts from Nick Smith were all highly comendable it was a magnificeint score of 42 pts from Jamie Letts that was to prevail and take away the December Vase for 2016.

Further strong performance saw John Loynton follow up his success last year by winning the David Powell Memorial Savler for Veterans, beating his good friend and fellow Robin Hood Golf Club member John Lees into 2nd place. Dennis Pick, President of our hosts Olton Golf Club, rather fittingly won the bottle of Bells whisky for the Guests prize.

The golf competition was followed by an appropriate Winter lunch, provided by Olton Golf Club, and thoroughly enjoyed by all that attended, along with an afternoon of great friendship and good humour.

OSA December Vase

The OSA December Vase is an annual golf competition played at Olton Golf Club and is open to any former pupil of Solihull and any current member of staff and will take place on Saturday 10th December 2016.

The competition is a full handicap Stableford played in 3 balls with a shot-gun start at 8:15 am. Prizes are awarded for handicaps up to 15, handicaps 16-24 and a veterans prize for competitors aged 65 years and over.

The competition is followed by lunch in the clubhouse at Olton Golf Club which always proves to be a thoroughly enjoyable occasion, with a number of non-golfing Old Silhillians joining the golfers for the festivities.

If you would like to either enter the December Vase or join in the lunch please follow this link:

http://osgs.org.uk/forms/DecemberVase.aspx?competitionID=1

"B" Team Update

 

Photo right - Steve Cottier B Team Captain of O.G.C. being presented with the Geoff Stubbings Cup by Martin Hurdley Captain of Old Sils B Team after O.G.C. retained the Cup the match having been halved 2 1/2 to 2 ½.

Season Report

The first match was against the Avenue Bowling Club played in fairly good weather conditions spoilt by a few showers. Both sides played with 5 pairs and the Avenue as usual had some very good golfers amongst them. The match was lost 3 ½ - 1 ½ but the day was a great success. The pairings of Belcher/Flood & Hollway/Essex won the points for OSGS. Steve Wiseman played in his very first match for the Old Sils. It must also be noted that the meat platter starter went down very well as did the new spicy chicken dish.

Our second match was away at Olton and although rain was forecast it did not arrive and we had bright sunshine.  Olton’s captain was Steve Cottier who played with the club President Dennis Pick against myself and John Thorne, had a great match with them ending in a half. The match was halved 3-3 and Olton Golf Club retained the Geoff Stubbings trophy.

We played 11 v 11 against the Old Eds and the match was played at Edgbaston and the course was in superb condition and the meal was excellent. The weather was great but we lost the match 4-2 with our wins coming from the pairings of Gilbert/Blasdale and J.Stubbings/Essex. Thanks to Laurence Shiels for playing the singles match against their acting captain Tim.

The last match was played against the Old Veseyans at Olton and the match was halved 3 -3 which was a great result for us having lost the last 5 matches to them but they still retained the trophy. Wins on our side came from Blasdale/Essex, Standley/Levenger and Roby/Davies with a putt on the 18th in the last match in virtual darkness to secure the half.  The Old Veseyans were great company and we had a very enjoyable afternoon and evening.

Overall the B Team halved two matches and lost two and I would like to thank everyone who played in the matches and look forward to next year.

OSA Challenge Cup 2016

Challenge Cup Results (Best Nett)   
1st   Tom Hare        69 nett    (also the 2015 winner)
2nd   Paul Hedley   73 nett
3rd   Bob Young     78 nett

Charles Hill Salver Results (Best Gross)
1st    Tom Shiels    82 gross   (also the 2015 winner)
2nd   Will Westall   82 gross
3rd   Phil Johnson  89 gross

"A" Team Update

"A" Team

v Ladbrook Park, at Ladbrook, won 3½ - 2½.
v Copt Heath, home, lost 0-6.
v Robin Hood, away, sadly cancelled due to the funeral of a R.H. past Captain & President.
v Olton, sadly cancelled due the course being waterlogged, although there was an excellent luncheon.