Jan/Feb 2021 Report

After a year of politicians and scientists using analogies about our being in a Covid tunnel (to which they seem intent on adding their own extension), it is refreshing to be able to talk about plans for outdoor exercise and enjoyment, otherwise known as golf, which surely will be allowed to start before long. Who knows, the padlocks may be being removed, even as you read this.

The society committee has published a draft calendar for the year, the major events in which are summarized below. Clearly, all dates are subject to change, because we cannot predict what restrictions will remain in place on the dates in quest

March 15th Annual General Meeting Online
Throughout year Challenge Cup Knockout competition
TBA Scratch Cup RCP, Deal
April 29th Captain’s Day meeting West Hill
June 16th Centenary Meeting Croham Hurst
July 23rd Hornsey-Walker Cup meeting Royal Cinque Ports, Deal
August 3rd President’s meeting Woodcote Park
September 3rd Autumn Cup meeting Hever Castle
Sept 9th-12th Halford-Hewitt Cup RCP, Deal/Prince’s, Sandwich
October 3rd-5th The Autumn Tour South Wales

The annual knockout will commence sometime in April or May, but the draw will take place at the end of March, so entries from members or would-be members should be submitted by then (see email address below). It has always been, and remains, a great way of meeting others and playing different courses. Our AGM will take place this year online, on March 15th. Sadly, the annual dinner, normally held on the same evening, has been cancelled, although we might try to organize something later in the year, especially if the Centenary dinner on June 16th also falls foul of Covid.

Aficionados will recognize that the Halford-Hewitt, the scratch foursomes inter-school competition contested by our best golfers, has been moved from its traditional Easter date to September, and that it will be played partly at Prince’s instead of the normal Royal St George’s, this year’s venue for The Open.

The rest of our calendar has been weighted towards the end of the season, for similar reasons. The year should see us finally get to hold our Centenary meeting, which was cancelled last summer, although the date of June 16th 2021 might come a little too early to avoid residual restrictions. Watch this space.

Anyone interested in joining the society, or just trying us out, should contact honsec@oldwhitsgolf.com.

Peter Gale (Hon Sec)