North Hants Golf club in Fleet was the venue for the 2018 gathering of the Old Bryanstonian Golf Society (the “Buzzards”).
The venue was ideal for those travelling from the West Country, London and further afield. A number of new participants had signed up to enjoy what is always a fun, sociable and entertaining day.
OBs from across the generations were confronted with a course that is proud to have the current world number one golfer as their most famous member. A guided tour of the Justin Rose dining room was offered to those that could still make the climb to the top floor after their strenuous round of golf.
Battle commenced after the handicap committee had made a few adjustments to those members who had managed to “mislay” their official handicap certificates.
The heathland of North Hants was in impeccable condition considering the drought of the summer. However, the fast and undulating greens proved to be the undoing of many a fine score.
After a few drinks and a fine meal at which the Buzzards were joined by Sam Tonks and Elizabeth Anderson from the school’s Development Team, the prizes were distributed.
The nearest the pin was for much of the afternoon held by Stephen Royston (P ‘68) with an effort that saw his ball within 4 feet of the hole. However, Philip Warley (P ‘74) delivered a killer blow and dropped his ball to within three feet of the hole clinching the top prize.
The coveted longest drive prize was for a few minutes firstly held by Philip Warley (P ‘74) and then his brother Anthony Warley (P ‘71) who stood on the green of the 18th only to see their superb efforts blitzed into oblivion by some 50 yards by Adam Rowley (C ’16) who hit one of his only straight drives 345 yards to the front edge of the green.
The veterans prize was a close fought affair with former parent, Stan Goodall, pipping Ted Preston (H ‘55), last years winner into second place.
For the second year running, the individual competition challenged the Captain’s ability to add up as there was yet another count-back situation (proving that the handicap adjustments worked!). The top three were;
- 1st Duncan Elder (F ‘72) - 36 points (on count-back)
- 2nd Olly Blandford (C ’16) - 36 points (on count-back)
- 3rd Stephen Royston (P ‘68) - 36 points
The coveted “Bursar’s Bogey” trophy for the best gross score was awarded (on a count-back) to Olly Blandford (C ’16) with a gross 83 (13 over) who beat his father, Simon Blandford (P ’84) into second.
The Captain concluded matters with a vote of thanks to the Club and to the School’s Development team for their ongoing support and organisation in making the event such a success.
Simon Blandford (P ’84)