Report by Mr McNeil
On Thursday 3 May, the Old Gordonstounians’ Golf Society played against the school over the Old Course at Moray. This is the third year of competition for the OGGS Cup, presented to the school by Mr Richard Devey. The previous two results had been a tied match in 2010 and the narrowest of victories to the OGGS in 2011. Therefore, the school team were keen to even the score this year.
The OGs arrived in strength and needed to donate two ex-Governors, Angus Morgan and John Nicholson, to bolster the students’ team. It was great also to welcome last year’s Captain of Golf, Paddy Styles and Stan Emsens to the OGGS Team. They had both been stalwarts of the school team over their last three years at school and this time joined the OGGS in a tremendous tussle against Chris C and Fateh S, narrowly winning the first match for the OGGS. This early momentum could not be maintained by the OGGS, however, and the school team went on to win the match and even the honours on the trophy.
The Gordonstoun Team were very grateful to the OGGS for their generosity in hosting the students to a meal in the Clubhouse after the match. In addition, at their AGM earlier in the day, they decided that any golfing students leaving the school would be entitled to five years of free membership to the OGGS society, which continues to go from strength to strength and has an ever-increasing fixtures list, with some of the finest courses in the UK being played.
Report by Mr Devey
The second OGGS Stableford day took place at Spey Valley Golf and Country Club near Aviemore on Friday 5 May. Thirty four OGGS members took part in the day, with defending Champion Scott Zanre looking to see if he could add his name to the trophy for the second year in a row. The weather was cold, with snow showers blowing in throughout the day, but all 34 competitors faced the conditions with the usual Gordonstoun spirit and a lovely day's golf was had by all.
Matthew Tawse (RS ’85) was the eventual winner with a fine round in the conditions, scoring 33 points. Scott Zanre (B ’96) narrowly missed out on retaining the trophy, finishing second, with Philip Campbell (C ’65) in third. An excellent dinner in the Country Club rounded off a super day.