OC Golf Society Winter Meeting

The Old Caterhamians’ Golfing Society held its seventh Winter Meeting at Walton Heath Golf Club on Friday 10 November – the first event of Old Cats weekend. Having hosted the Women’s Open in September, which many of us had attended, we knew we were in for a treat, especially in light of recent improvements to the facilities.

We were blessed with a great turnout of 32 players who entered in pairs taking their combined Stableford scores. The weather was challenging, with steady rain for most of the competition but the course, which was in excellent condition, held up incredibly well. The club always make us feel very welcome and the hospitality is legendary in golfing circles.

Once again the grit and determination of our members was evident and most should have been very satisfied with their scores which in normal circumstances would have made for a very close finish. However this was no ordinary year, with one pair exceeding all others – Old Cats Alex Chapman and John Fawls won with a combined score of 82, followed by Paul Rawden and Andrew Palmer on 69. Cameron Brown hit a wonderful tee shot to win longest drive and Chappers also claimed nearest the pin. The ordeal on the course was followed by some hilarious regaling of imperfect shots and stewards’ enquiries over handicaps over a sumptuous lunch.