Welcome to the website of the Old Shirburnian Golfing Society.
The OSGS is open to all Old Shirburnians regardless of age or golfing prowess. There are around 20 matches annually against other school Societies and golf clubs. The majority of the matches are over 36-holes at some of the finest golf clubs in the country. They offer a great opportunity to catch up with friends and renew some old sporting rivalries – in the friendliest of ways.
There are three meetings a year. The Sherborne Meeting in the spring, which includes a match against the school, the Summer Meeting & AGM at The Berkshire, and The Autumn Meeting at Rye. All great events with numerous prizes on offer.
In addition, there are a number tournaments in which the Society enters a scratch team – the Halford Hewitt, the Grafton Morrish, the Brent Knoll, the Mellin (O-55s) and the Alba Trophy. Any low handicap players who are not aware of these events should get in touch.
Golfers aged under-27, and those aged 27–32, are subsidised by the Society to keep the cost of a day’s golf and lunch (and the age profile) as low as possible.
If you’d like to join the OSGS or would like more information please get in touch by using the Contact page of this website.
In the draw for the Halford Hewitt we will play Fettes at Deal, 07.45 on Friday 8 April. All supporters welcome.
East India Club
R Cinque Ports G C
2½ – 2½
3½ – 4½
Burnham & Berrow
Burnham & Berrow
7½ – 3½
5 – 7
Wrotham Heath G C
2 – 2
3 – 7
Grafton Morrish Qualifying
1½ – 3½
3 – 3
3 – 4
2 – 3
6½ – 9½
Won by Gillett & Couzens
A G M Meeting
3½ – 1½
5½ – 3½
G L Mellin
Lost in semi-final of Salver
1 – 3
5 – 3
West Sussex GC
2½ – 8½
7½ – 2½
4 – 1
Grafton Morrish Finals
Hunstanton and Brancaster
Dick Watson Trophy
3½ – 4½
|13/1||HH Draw||East India Club||Toby Couzens||–||–|
|27/2||HH Trial||Deal||Toby Couzens|
|28/2||R Cinque Ports G C||Deal||Toby Couzens||Halved||2½ – 2½|
|7/3||Committee Meeting||London||Howard Gill||–||–|
|13/3||Marlborough||Woking||Gavin Prentice||Lost||3½ – 4½|
|19-20/3||Brent Knoll||Burnham & Berrow||Nigel Whalley||Won||Final|
|7-10/4||Halford Hewitt||Deal||Toby Couzens||Lost||Round 1|
|10/4||Blundell's||Burnham & Berrow||Marcus Rowland||Won||7½ – 3½|
|17/4||Tonbridge||The Berkshire||Simon Buchanan||Lost||5 – 7|
|20/4||Wrotham Heath G C||Wrotham Heath||Michael Jerrom||Halved||2 – 2|
|7/5||Saunton GC||Saunton||Toby Rowland||Lost||3 – 7|
|8/5||Grafton Morrish Qualifying||North Hants||Toby Couzens||DNQ|
|10/5||Littlehampton Seniors||Littlehampton||David Watney||Lost||1½ – 3½|
|14/5||Sherborne GC||Sherborne||Marcus Chantrey||Halved||3 – 3|
|15/5||Sherborne Meeting||Sherborne||Marcus Chantrey||–||–|
|24/5||Lancing||Littlehampton||David Watney||Lost||3 – 4|
|3/6||Woodbridge GC||Woodbridge||Howard Gill||Lost||2 – 3|
|4/6||Aldeburgh GC||Aldeburgh||Howard Gill||Lost||6½ – 9½|
|4/6||Alba Trophy||Woking||Stuart Gillett||Won by Gillett & Couzens|
|14/6||A G M Meeting||The Berkshire||Robin Irving||–||–|
|21/6||Woking GC||Woking 4.00pm||John Hargrove||Won||3½ – 1½|
|25/6||Rye GC||Rye||James Chappell||Won||5½ – 3½|
|7-9/7||G L Mellin||West Hill||John Youngman||Lost in semi-final of Salver|
|28/7||Cheltenham||Tidworth Garrison||Tony Steele-Perkins||Lost||1 – 3|
|6/8||Malvern||Woking||Justin Chantrey||Won||5 – 3|
|3/9||West Sussex GC||Pulborough||Willy Rydon||Lost||2½ – 8½|
|10/9||Downside||New Zealand||Jerry Hill||Won||7½ – 2½|
|5-7/9||Bermuda Trophy||SW England||Pat Farmer|
|24&25/9||Autumn Meeting||Rye||Jonathan Godfrey|
|2/10||School/Staff||Sherborne||Lewis Hinch||Won||4 – 1|
|7-9/10||Grafton Morrish Finals||Hunstanton and Brancaster||Toby Couzens||DNQ|
|7-9/10||Dick Watson Trophy||Aldeburgh||Joss Whately-Smith|
|9/10||Family Day||Woking||Charles Eglington|
|16/10||The School||Remedy Oak||Robin Irving||Cancelled|
|22/10||Radley||Woking||Terry Gordon||Lost||3½ – 4½|
|7/11||Committee Meeting||London||Howard Gill|
This is the most important bit of admin that goes towards the running of the Society. If you don’t submit a tick list you won’t play in a match. It’s very important to get this completed and back to the Hon. Sec in good time so that Match Managers can see how their team is shaping up at the earliest possible opportunity.
The Captain’s Report on 2015
From David Dinkeldein – f 1959
An interesting year with members enjoying fluctuating fortunes on the various courses on which we played. The weather was a mixed bag, but playable.
My year to date (six months) as Captain has not emulated the excellent achievements of silverware won the previous year, namely the Grafton Morrish and the Brent Knoll Bowl. Nevertheless, success was achieved in claiming the Halford Hewitt plate and the Burles plate, both for the first time.
Tom Parry was at Sherborne from 1920-25 and then went to Cambridge where he became a distinguished cox on the river, but it was golf that was to become his abiding passion.
Parry became great friends with G.L. (Susie) Mellin, the secretary of the Halford Hewitt tournament, and two significant events flowed from this friendship. In 1929 Parry wrote to 150 Old Shirburnians asking if they would like to help form a golf society. The response was such that the Old Shirburnian Golfing Society was founded that year and a team was first entered for the Halford Hewitt in 1930.
The second event was in 1960 when Parry founded the G.L. Mellin Salver in memory of his great friend – a tournament for the over 50s (now 55s) of the second 16 schools to have entered the Halford Hewitt.
The 1930s saw the Society start a framework of meetings and matches which was expanded after the War. Today there are three meetings in the year, as well as 29 matches against clubs and other societies, making the Society the most active of its peer group. The Society provides golf for Shirburnians of all ages and standards, ranging from the serious competition of the tournaments (Halford Hewitt, G.L. Mellin, Grafton Morrish and Brent Knoll), to the sociable but equally competitive matches and meetings for all handicaps.
Officers & Match Managers
Halford Hewitt Captain
Sherborne GC & Sherborne Meeting
School & Staff match
Summer Meeting Remedy Oak & School golf liaison
Wrotham Heath GC
West Sussex GC
Littlehampton Seniors & Lancing
Brent Knoll Bowl
G L Mellin