OSGS October Newsletter

4 October 2021

Photograph:  L-R Peter Simmons, Nick Luddington, Nick Rice, David Sabberton & Stephen Murray

September was a busy and successful month for the Society and the remainder of the year's fixtures are now a sell out. However preparation of the 2022 fixture list is in progress and will be circulated early in December. 

For those who want to play in the Halford Hewitt this is advance notice that next year's dates are 7-10th April - lets hope availability is good - 30 years on from Stowe last reaching the Semi Finals.


3rd September, Birkdale Bucket at Moortown 
Amazingly Stowe beat seven other 'Northern' schools (including Oundle and Uppingham) to win the Birkdale Bucket for the first time since the competition started in 1957. 
There were excellent scores from Nick Rice (35), David Sabberton (32) and Nick Luddington (30) with support from Stephen Murray and Peter Simmons at the rearranged Moortown venue. Nick Rice also won the Burrow's Tobacco Jar for best over 65 score. The win is dedicated to David Hadfield who represented Stowe on his own at many Birkdale Buckets. Hopefully this is the start of better support for a sociable team event normally held at Woodhall Spa. The dates for 2022 are 5/6th March 

4th September, Match v Downside at New Zealand, 8 a side 
Adam Carling, Tom Young, Ed Elliott, James MacDonald-Buchanan, William Hill, Matt Bazeley, Nigel Randall and Match Manager, Ian Bendell comprehensively beat the Old Gregorians 7-1. Great to have three 2015 leavers in the team with James MacDonald- Buchanan making his debut for the Society 

9/10th Sept, Halford Hewitt at Deal, Princes, Royal St Georges 
Stowe battled hard in the Halford Hewitt but lost 4.5 to 0.5 against Merchant Taylors in the first round at Princes. The match was closer than the score suggests and an excellent effort by a team including five players on debut (three 2019 leavers), two returning to the competition after over 20 years and probably Stowe's first father and son pair. The team also lost closely to Hurstpierpoint in the plate at St Georges. Many thanks for the support of our Captain, William Hill, President, Perry Hunt and his wife, Bunty. The team included Matt Bazeley, Peter Jarvis, Peter Hale, Julian Stocks, Toby Stocks (debut), Pierse Odell (debut), Hugo Douglass (debut), William Hill (debut), Greg Choyce and Freddie Horlick (debut).Thank you to David Ewbank for being on standby.  

Fixtures for Rest of the year

9-10th Oct, Dick Watson Trophy at Aldeburgh TEAM COMPLETE
Jeremy Scowsill is Team Manager and Nigel Wright, William Hill and Ollie Carr complete the team. Stowe have been real contenders amongst the 15 Schools competing in this Foursomes Team event since it started six years ago.

16-17th Oct, Autumn Meeting at Brancaster SOLD OUT
Peter Simmons is Meeting Manager for this excellent meeting on an iconic course. A mixture of singles and foursomes over the two days with dinner on Saturday night at Briarfields Hotel in Titchwell. William Hill, David Ewbank, John Da Silva, Francis Law, Neil Gray, Nigel Wright, Adam Carling, Peter Simmons, Jeremy Cave, Tim Maynard, Jim Marshall Andrew, Matt Bazeley, Ian Bendell, Trevor and Rory Wilkinson and Nick, Chris and John Luddington are down to play over the weekend. Our President, Perry Hunt, will join us for the AGM and the dinner on Saturday. 
OSGS AGM: The Society AGM will be held at the Autumn Meeting. The Agenda for the meeting is attached and as you will see there are a number of key posts in the Society that need to be filled. If you want any further information do not hesitate to contact me at or 07957 141826

7th Nov, Match v Haileybury at Sunningdale TEAM COMPLETE
Peter Comber is Team Manager and has a full team that includes Roddy Blackburne, Ben Wackett, James Clark (debut for OSGS), Nick Luddington, Nigel Randall, John Da Silva, Brian Marcel, Nigel Wright and some OS Sunningdale members.
- Don't wait to be asked to play in any fixture - just contact the meeting or match manager listed for the fixture, or me
- Under 30s get a 50% discount on at least the green fee cost of any fixture
- Those who play in fixtures should pay the annual OSGS subscription which is £40. To set up a Standing Order the bank details are:
 Old Stoic Golfing Society, Sort Code: 20 20 46, Account Number: 80674516

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  
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Peter Simmons
Secretary Old Stoic Golfing Society
Tel: 07957 141826