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January 2022 update

January is upon us and the first society news of the year is the draw for the 2022 Halford Hewitt, which is now back to its normal place in the calendar, April. Whitgift is drawn against Downside in the first round, a repeat of the 2018 draw but hopefully there will be no repeat of […]

November/December 2021 report

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! There were no events in the last two months of 2021 but plenty was going on behind the scenes, principally the arrangement of the 2022 society calendar. The calendar is now published on the website (see under ‘Fixtures’) and there is plenty to look forward to. First off will be the draw […]

September/October 2021 report

The last playing action of the season took place in late October. The final of the 2021 Challenge Cup, the society’s annual knockout competition, went to a replay after Ian Chicken won The Addington’s 18th hole in the first match, to level things up with Simon Beck. Since extra holes would have meant waiting for […]

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 […]