June 2021

The Silver Tassie

On Monday 7 June 2021, the Old Marlburian Golfing Society (OMGS) put forward a team in The Silver Tassie, a ladies golf competition for alumnae of independent schools.

The 4BBB competition was held at The Berkshire Golf Club across the Red and Blue Courses, with one Marlborough pair playing on each course. After a rather dismal May, the sun was gloriously out and the day was expertly organised by the Silver Tassie Committee, including Charlotte Hampel (PR 1979-81) who is currently Lady Captain at the Berkshire.

Unfortunately, we were not able to secure a win this year, but the team – Pippa Lark (BH 1975-77), Catherine Staples (B1 1980-82), Kate O’Kelly (B1 1980-82), and Rita Mitchell (SU 1995-96) – returned excellent scores of 37 Stableford points on the Red Course (Catherine and Kate) and 40 Stableford points on the Blue Course (Pippa and Rita). Pippa and Rita also narrowly lost the prize for best score on the Blue on countback. Katie Naylor (CO 1974-76) was also on hand to support the team and help with (much needed!) ball spotting on the Blue 14th!

We are very keen to field two teams of four next year in this fabulous event, so please reach out to OMGS Committee member Rita Mitchell at ritamitchell@gmail.com if you’re keen!

May 2021

Fettes; Sunday 2nd May at Sunningdale

After a misunderstanding over team selection, which resulted in the original team not being able to participate, the Honorary Secretary, the Match Manager and the Website Administrator managed to pull together a team of 8. This included two under-25s (one of whom has now become a Full member of the society) and two non-Marlburians, one of whom was called up the night before to replace a late OM withdrawal caused by one of our team having to self-isolate.

We were very lucky with the weather, the course was in excellent condition and Sunningdale excelled with its hospitality, welcome and value for money. The team had a brilliant day that was particularly enhanced by competitive golf and a narrow 5-3 victory.

Full results can soon be seen on the OMGS website; www.omgs.org.uk

Westminster; Thursday 6th May – Royal Ashdown Forest

Given COVID restrictions, Coffee and bacon rolls were served on the Clubhouse steps where I said a few words in memory of erstwhile manager of the match and previous OMGS President David Coe (B1 1949-52) who sadly died a few weeks ago, having backed Matsuyami, Augusta winner at 40:1, with a good whisky in his hand. It was remarked that this demonstrated the benefits of a Marlborough education; excellent judgement coupled with discerning taste.

David was full of charm and in conjunction with the previous manager of the Westminster side, Alan Jackson, a well known and highly respected Lloyd’s underwriter, he persuaded Robin Brown (B3 1980-85) and myself to continue as match managers. Following a delightful round and a few beers in the Spike Bar, David leant forwards and announced that we had both made the cut and been selected to run the match in future.

The match itself; 8 a side, 18 holes foursomes ended up as an honourable 2:2 draw with the manager losing to his opposite number on the last green. It has to be said that his partner, Geoffrey Longfield (C3 1948-53) in his 87th year showed great promise!

A genial day was had by all.

Rupert Atkin (LI 1971-76).


November 2020

2019-2020 Sports report

We live in difficult times and I hope everyone is keeping well. With this in mind, competitive golf is on hold for the foreseeable future. The Halford Hewitt and the Bernard Darwin have been cancelled and the Grafton Morrish scheduled for October must also be in doubt.

With regard to our matches, normally we have 25 against other schools and societies but only two have been held so far – one against Royal Cinque Ports GC and one against Sherborne. In addition, we have seven internal matches and the one that could have been held, the Young v Old in early February, fell victim to the weather. The spring and mixed meetings fell victim to Covid-19 and the summer meeting did not go ahead. The problem is that although social golf returned in mid-May, nobody knows when the clubhouses will open, and the social side of the game recommence.
However, it is an ill wind, and our technology whizz, Malcolm Cornish (C2 1966-70), organised the first ever Zoom AGM of the OMGS. We had an unprecedented attendance of 57 and it was a great success. Details of the AGM plus other news about our matches etc can be seen on the news page of our website www.omgs.org.uk.

During this enforced period of inactivity, we are taking the opportunity, as a society, to do a bit of navel-gazing. We have a total active membership of 330, yet only 50 are under 35. We clearly need to increase this number and we are currently working on a strategy as follows

  • To increase the number of events that will appeal to younger members, for instance less-formal events at weekends.
  • In addition, we already give a subsidy for under-35s which limits the daily green fee cost to £35. We have just enlisted two youngish committee members to help with this ambition.
  • We are working more closely with Joe Lane (CR 2015-), the Master in Charge of golf, and the College to ensure that younger leavers know what the society is about.
  • Currently, if an OM joins within three years of leaving s/he can become a School Leaver Member and will not pay a sub (currently £25) until their 30th birthday. In addition, we plan to ensure that we have at least one event per year aimed towards this age group.

If anyone wants to know more about the society, please look at our website, which will give full details about what we do. If you would like to join, either you can do via the website or you can contact me using the details below.

Honourable Secretary
Bob Carrick (B2 1963-67)

26th January 2020

The 2020 Fixture card for the OMGS can be found on our website www.omgs.org.uk. New members are always welcome.

Bob Carrick,

Hon Sec