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September/October 2021 update – **latest**

The remaining events of the season are the Grafton Morrish finals, and the Autumn Tour, this year to Wales. As reported in last month’s page, Gordon Garment (photo featured on the News page) passed away in late August. Fittingly, given his lifelong love of, and participation in, the Halford Hewitt, his memorial service was on […]

July/August 2021 report

August ended with the sad news that Gordon Garment had passed away, aged 89. Robert (‘Bobby’) Gordon Garment was well-known and highly respected, especially by those who played alongside him or for him in the Halford Hewitt. He was a force of nature, someone who came almost to personify the efforts of Whitgiftians in the […]

Published – A history of the society

“It’s a Long Game” THE STORY OF THE OLD WHITGIFTIAN GOLF SOCIETY ‘It’s a Long Game’ is the first authentic history of the Old Whitgiftian Golf Society, from its formation by a small group of Old Whitgiftians in 1913 through to the present day. Author, Peter Gale, takes the reader on a 100-year journey from […]

May/June 2021 report

The Halford Hewitt draw took place on Tuesday 29th June, at 6pm – pretty much at the same time as the second half in the England vs Germany game! Fortunately this year’s draw was conducted on Zoom, so it was feasible to watch both events at once. It is possible therefore that the cheers when […]

March/April 2021 report

 April was generally bright but cold, and so it was for the society’s first open meeting of the new season. The venue was West Hill, one of the renowned Three Ws in the Woking area (the others being Woking GC and Worplesdon GC), and a former haunt of Surrey cricket’s spin twins, the Bedser brothers, […]

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 […]

Nov/Dec 2020 Report

Our last outing of the season, as it turned out, was at Royal Ashdown on a very pleasant September day. 26 members and guests turned up to play for the Autumn Cup, on Ashdown’s West course, which measures a meagre 5,559 yards off the white tees and has no sand bunkers, but provides a true […]

Sept/Oct 2020 Report

The society finally got started in mid-July at the President’s Meeting. This was held at Kingswood, our President’s (Pip Burley’s) club – or more accurately, one of them – and the weather was perfect; warm but not unpleasantly so, and just right for a Covid-compliant gathering on the club’s terrace after the golf! 31 players […]

July/August 2020 Report

There is very little to report on for the last quarter, for reasons that will be evident to all. We are however fortunate in that golf, at least, has been permitted for the last few weeks, albeit with some unusual playing conditions and constraints. The different methods that golf clubs have adopted to prevent the […]

May/June 2020 Report

The news is of course dominated by Covid-19 and understandably so. For the moment, we are in lockdown and the authorities hit the ‘pause button’ just when the golf season was about to begin in earnest. In particular, one of the casualties has been the Halford Hewitt, the 64-school event which has the highest profile […]