January/February 2023 report

The society AGM will be held online on Monday, March 6th and the Annual Dinner will be held at Tandridge GC two weeks later, on Monday, March 20th.

Whitgift have been drawn in one of the tougher sections of the Halford Hewitt draw, made on Wednesday (11th January). A first round match against Repton beckons at Royal Cinque Ports GC, Deal, on Thursday 30th March at 8.20am. So another early start, the fourth year in succession that we have been in one of the first two matches out. There are some interesting ties elsewhere in the draw; Malvern take on Tonbridge; Merchiston and Watson’s clash in an Edinburgh derby; and Harrow face Epsom, the winners of which will hopefully come up against Whitgift in the second round.


Details have been released, and entries invited, for a Gala Charity Golf Day on Friday 26th May, 2023, in aid of Whitgift for All, the school’s bursary fund. Details are provided below –

A Gala Charity Golf Day

Croham Hurst, May 26th, 2023

Followed by a Black-Tie Reception and Dinner in Big School

All Proceeds to the School’s ‘Whitgift for All’ Bursary Scheme



Inspired by the philosophy of its founder, John Whitgift, the School has launched an ambitious bursary programme to raise funds to enable a wider range of deserving pupils to enjoy a  Whitgift education. John Whitgift founded the School for the ‘poorer sorte’ in Croydon and – with the help of former pupils, staff and friends – the intention is to ensure that Whitgift remains a school for all in these difficult times.

The OW Golf Society will be supporting ‘Whitgift for All’ with a splendid Charity Golf Day at Croham Hurst, a local course with strong Whitgiftian connections. The day will begin with a full English breakfast at Croham Hurst, followed by 18 holes of social golf and prize-giving.  In the evening there will be a gala reception at the School with the best school dinner you’ll ever enjoy!  Plus, entertainment and an auction – a grand event in itself.

Supporting ‘Whitgift for All’ and open to all…

…This magnificent day is open to golfers of all standards, male and female, young and old – current and past pupils, parents, family members, current and ex-members of staff – as well as colleagues and friends. There will be prizes for individuals and teams, as well as ‘longest drive’, ‘beat the pro’ and ‘nearest the pin’.

Cost for the full day including golf will be £175 per person, or for dinner or golf only £95.  Tables of ten can be purchased for £1,650. As we are anticipating a heavy demand for this unique event, please book your places at the earliest opportunity.

For further details or to book your place contact:

 Pip Burley, at pip@philipburleyltd.co.uk  tel: 01372 363689, or Peter Gale at peterbgale@sky.com .

Alternatively, speak to Val Baxter at val@whitgift.co.uk tel: 020 8633 9922