Old Stoic Golfing Society April 2023

3 April 2023

Old Stoic Golfing Society April 2023 Update

We have 5 fixtures in April and May, including two Centenary events, and extra players are needed for three of them.

Several new Under 30s have joined the Society over the last month and we welcome more players of all eras and standards.

If you want to play just contact the relevant Match or Meeting Manager detailed below. If you have a query contact me.


Match v The School at Woking 7th March: 

The Stowe team got revenge for their Sunningdale defeat with a 5-0 win over Peter Jarvis, Greg Choyce, Ben Wackett, Orlando MacDonald Buchanan (2018 leaver on OSGS Debut) and Arthur Fenwicke-Clennell (2018 leaver on OSGS Debut). Unfortunately the boost to the School team's confidence was followed by overnight snow leading to the Micklem Trophy's postponement.

Birkdale Bucket at Woodhall Spa 16-17th March: Success for Stowe!

Nick Rice and Arthur Fenwicke-Clennell were Stowe's only representatives but performed so well that winning the Wooden Spoon was avoided.

Nick scored an excellent 39 points and came third of 54 players. Arthur on debut in the Bucket, scored 38 for 5th place and also won the trophy for best score by an under 40 year old. The following day in the foursomes Arthur also combined superbly with Gary Hartley from Giggleswick to come second and thereby make a very significant profit on the weekend from his auction winnings. 

Congratulations to Nick and Arthur and let's ensure we have a better Stowe turn out next year (27/28th March in 2024)

Halford Hewitt at Royal St Georges & Deal 30th March - 2nd April: 

After excellent preparations organised by Captain Jean-Michel Hall, Stowe lost very narrowly to Glenalmond at Royal St Georges. Charlie Rotheroe and Max Faulkner (Hewitt debut) won their match and Jean-Michel and Ollie Clarke were leading when Glenalmond scored their third point in a tight match against Hugo Douglass and Will Berner (Hewitt debut). In the plate, Stowe drew further tough opposition in Shrewsbury and lost 2.5-0.5. There were plenty of positives to take from this year as Stowe continued their comeback to be more competitive in both the Halford Hewitt and Grafton Morrish. 


Spring Meeting at Woking 29th April:  4 more places available

There is room for up to 18 players at the first meeting of the year and 14 entries so far (William Hill, Chris Hutber, Roddy Blackburne, Ben Wackett, John Da Silva, Nick  & Chris Luddington, Jean-Michel Hall, Jon Horrocks, David Ewbank, John Treadwell, Jonathan Bewes, David Hockley and Orlando McDonald-Buchanan ). Singles in the morning and foursomes after an excellent Woking lunch. Contact Nick Luddington if you would like to play

Match v Canford at Sunningdale 30th April: 

Canford also celebrate their Centenary in 2023 so this match has been enlarged to 14 a side. 

Match Manager, our new President, Stewart McNair has not only recruited a full team but even has reserves. 

The line up is: Stewart McNairSimon Chilton, David Julius, Peter Comber, William Hill, Nigel Randall, Ben Dixey, Greg Choyce, Peter Jarvis, Tony Edgerley, Nigel Wight, James Clark, David Hinds, Brian Marcel. Reserves: Arthur Fenwicke-Clennell and Paul Marshall

Match v The Templars at Deal 20th May: 3 more players needed

Another Centenary celebration with the two largest Old Stoic Sport Societies competing on the fantastic Deal course over two rounds. 

David Ewbank Captains the OSGS team and has already recruited Ben Wackett and Roddy Blackburne, with 3 more players needed. Tom Sleater leads the Templar's team. If you would like to play, contact David or Tom.

Grafton Morrish Qualifying at Worplesdon 21st May:

The Society will be looking to repeat the success of 2022 and qualify for the finals in October.

Jean-Michel Hall will be selecting the team with key players from the Halford Hewitt team hopefully being available.

Match v Stowe at Stowe 27th May: 7 more players needed

As part of the Centenary Celebrations we want a good turn out and the match will be played over 18 holes on the excellent 'New' course at the School. Picnic lunch on the South Front after the match. Contact match Manager, Peter Simmons if you are interested. Johnny Rowe, Peter Simmons and Jon Horrocks are down to play so far.

Other Fixtures:

Midlands Public Schools Meeting at Little Aston 21st June:

Team of at least 6 needed. A lovely course and a sociable day. Contact Peter Simmons if you would like to play.

OSGS funds 50% of the entry fee. We have not fielded a team in this competition since 2019 and need to consider deleting it from the fixture list if we cannot compete this year. Little Aston is ideally located for Midland and Northern members.

Cyril Gray at Worplesdon 21-23rd June:

Peter jarvis Captains the team of 3 foursome pairs in this over 50s competition.

Stewart McNair is looking for someone to partner him in the Senior Cyril Gray (Combined minimum age of 140)

Summer Meeting at Aldeburgh 1st/2nd July:

A great meeting on an iconic course. Peter Wood is now the Meeting Manager and emailed previous attendees last month.

The meeting includes singles on Saturday and foursomes on Sunday morning with an excellent meal on Saturday evening. There is also a match v Aldeburgh GC on Friday afternoon (30th June) if you fancy a sociable warm up game.

So far Peter Wood, Ollie Carr, William Hill, Don Jeffreys, Nick Luddington and Peter Simmons are down to play. 

Contact Peter Wood as soon as possible if you are interested as he is meeting the club in the next week to discuss arrangements.

Match v Old Merchant Taylors at Moor Park 10th August:

Nick Rice is Match Manager for this mid week afternoon game.

Match v Old Gregorians at New Zealand 2nd September:

Ian Bendell is Match Manager for this excellent fixture

Autumn Meeting at Brancaster 14/15th October:

Tim Maynard is Meeting Manager. This is a popular meeting with 18 places available so early notification to Tim is recommended.

Centenary Competition at Stowe 23rd September: 

A Shotgun Start competition similar to the 'Farewell to the Old Course' held in 2019. Individual and House team competition with lunch to follow as part of the wider Old Stoic Centenary Day being held on 23rd Sept. Organiser, Peter Simmons

Entry form is attached here. We can accommodate 40 players and 9 have registered already. Need a minimum of 30 players to make this event viable.


OSGS Subscription -  Payment needed by 31st May (OSGS year end)

With the increasing cost of team event entries and under 30 discounts it is vital that all those who play in OSGS fixtures pay the OSGS annual subscription which is currently £40 per annum

To set up a Standing Order the bank details are:

Old Stoic Golfing Society, Sort Code: 20 20 46, Account Number: 80674516

- All under 30s receive a 50% discount on the cost of matches, team events and meetings.

- Pass this email onto Old Stoic Golfers you think would be interested in getting involved in our fixtures at some fantastic courses. 

We are keen to encourage golfers of all handicaps and ages (male and female) to get involved. Just point them in my direction.

You can also follow our activities via:

- The Old Stoic section of the Stowe website  

- Our Facebook page at

- Stowe Connect at Stowe Connect