OHA Golf Section – North v South

The 28th Challenge match took place on Wednesday 20 June 2012, once again at Chipping Norton and a good turn out of members assembled at noon for the traditional bacon butties and chips.

The following members were present:-

North
Michael Mather (non-playing Captain)
Iain Shaw
Dave Barnes
Malcolm Booker
Tom Warnes (Captain)
Paul Swann
Roy Vernon
Tony McGlue
David Marsden

South
Mike Kerr
Tony Martin
Grahame Morrison
John Rubin
Ian Case (Captain)
Campbell McDiarmid
Glynn Stockdale
Neil Watson
Tom Venables

We were very fortunate to have excellent weather for our match as the forecast for the rest of the week was not good. I watched some excellent golf and was able to visit all the matches on the course during the afternoon. At the 12th hole I was privileged to see 4 excellent drives with Malcolm Booker almost driving the green. But the most memorable moment occurred on the 17th; Campbell McDiarmid drove into snake country and after finding his ball – his 2nd shot was purely a recovery shot. He then had a chance of making a 5 but his 3rd shot from some considerable distance finished a few inches away from the pin and he was able to claim a wonderful par!

The best individual scores on the day were Campbell McDiarmid 36 points, Dave Barnes and Tony McGlue level on 35 points each and they received the usual golf balls for their achievements. In spite of Campbells’ efforts for the South, the North managed to retain the shield by a comfortable margin.

Wildlife seen on the course this year included a Buzzard on the 4th, 3 geese in flight on the 3rd, Dragonflies on the pond at the 8th and Jays on numerous holes. I also hear the call of a green woodpecker near at hand.

At the evening dinner, which was a splendid occasion, I thanked Iain Shaw for making the arrangements on my behalf and Ian Case for his work in the absence of Jack Edwards Next years fixture is to be on Wednesday 19th June 2013, once again at Chipping Norton please contact us at oha@oldhulmeians.org if you wish to join in!

Michael Mather