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.
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.