Oxfordshire v Sussex at Henley

What a glorious day we all enjoyed at Henley Golf Club. The weather was perfect and despite our Patron’s initial efforts to encourage us all to head to Birmingham (sorry Dave just had to get that one in) we all arrived safely for an excellent fixture.


Henley was originally laid out in 1907 by the acclaimed golf course architect James Braid (as was Haywards Heath by the way). With 6 par 3’s it is still a challenging par 70 – but more than anything else the course is set in lovely Oxfordshire countryside and was extremely well presented. Before we teed off Ian Jaggard was seen apparently providing advice on the Rules of Golf to 3 very attractive Lady Members – funny how he gave one of them his mobile number should any further advice ever be required!


You will see from the result that this was Brian’s first win as Captain – he put it down to his leadership finally kicking in. I think it was more down to Team selection! Brian was delighted to announce the result of the match and expressed a very sincere thank you to our hosts for an excellent day out.


So – as for the matches.


Match 1

Our Captain Brian, very ably supported by our Secretary Mark Terry won 1 up. They were 2 up at the turn but a degree of complacency let the OGC’s in on the next 3 holes. Nip and tuck thereafter but our boys sneaked ahead on the 17th to secure a good opening match win. Well done Skipper!

Match 2

Dave Harmer and John Benoy seemed always up against it. They tell me they “lost there way” – not surprising given Dave’s initial directions – to finally succumb 4 & 2. No disgrace with the most pleasing outcome the fine company of their playing partners.

Match 3 

 I drove Derek May home and there is no doubt he and Ken Penfold were

very disappointed to loose the match on the 18th. (He mentioned it 4 times on the way home). 6 birdies between the 4 of them in the course of the round and with never more than 1 hole in it through out the entire match. It was a very close call. A draw would have been a fairer result – they say!

Match 4

 New Committee man Tony Bauckham together with Simon Watts played some fine golf to eventually go 4 up – lots of net birdies and gross pars. They closed out the match on the 17th 2&1.

Match 5

Mike Rham and I had a very close encounter with every hole either won or halved in par or birdie (except the 1st which we halved in 5). Our “Tel “ boy opponent hardly ever missed a fairway and was an extremely competitive opponent. We hung around with some scrabbling chips and puts when Mike closed the door on them with a great up and down for par on 17. Walking down the 18th he mentioned to me that in 6 years of SGCs golf he had only won once before  - well done Mike you have now won twice! Sussex won 1up.

Match 6

Probably one of our finest ball strikers, Nigel Wates and the resurgent Neil Smith had a cracking game which ended all square. They managed to get 2 up on 2 separate occasions but each time were pegged back. Highlight of the match – and our group witnessed it whilst having a cup of tea at the half way hut – Neil chipped in for a net eagle on 9! He couldn’t believe it! Neither could their opponents!

Match 7

IPC Ian Jaggard and Frank Edmonds decided the weather was too nice to play golf so popped home early for a shower and a few beers in the sunshine. Their opponents had all the luck – including playing 7 consecutive holes in 1 over – one shot calling in on Berkshire enroute to finishing 2 feet from the pin – to leave our boys with little to salvage. L 6 & 5 – just for the record!

Match 8

 Mr “Yellow Pants Potter” very ably partnered by David Balfour won 2 up. David described his driving during the day as  “crap” so it’s a good job he played the par 3’s well. A very tight game – never more than 1 in it until the last.

Match 9

Poor Richard Jays was obliged to carry a sack the entire round with Santa Wilkins in it. In spite of wearing an especially snazzy pair of socks Richard played very well keeping our boys ahead for most of the game including an eagle at the last – iron into the green. Big strong boy is our Richard! All that sea air down in Littlehampton!

Match 10

 Les – “Last Of The Summer Wine” – Chandler, aged 85 and as enthusiastic as ever, supported and chauffered by Dave Schwartz could not muster up his magic of previous years. An overly active sex life and lots of medication are finally taking their toll – the concentration is going and “ Mr Grumpy” is kicking in. From Les’s comments at the dinner table my guess is he didn’t adjust to the greens! L 4& 3. Dave said he tried his best – ahh!!



So all in all a great day out with good friends and good company. Well done Brian – we have now turned the corner with lots of wins to come.


Oxfordshire  4 ½    Sussex  5 ½


Phil Williamson

Match Reporter

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