With the club in high spirits following a highly sociable ‘Welcome Drinks’ in the middle of the week, OUGC set off in the early morning for the final fixture of the term against St George’s Hill GC. Driving in, the undulating slopes of the golf course, covered in a sprinkling of morning frost, unfurled in front of the OUGC convoy.
Warm bacon rolls, the only known cure for vegetarianism as Harry can now confirm, greeted us and before you could say Saunders and Long (I trust you will all have the email in your inbox, since Nick appears to have copied and pasted OUGC into their mailing list…) we were out onto the first tee, hitting into a wall of fog. The course, as always, was a delight, even its white state, and a true test, especially to those not used to playing golf in such icy conditions, with reports that Cambridge players were spotted recently wearing salopettes – met, surely not. OUGC trailed 4-1 going into lunch, but refreshed and warmed by great food, we headed out once again for nine or so holes of fourball better-ball. A rally was on the cards, but alas the hosts clung on for a 5.5 to 4.5 victory.
I would like to extend my gratitude to Roger, who captained St George’s Hill on the day, as well as to all the members who hosted us so generously. This fixture, positioned just before Christmas, is an absolute cracker and an excellent way for us to end our first term of golf. This year proved no different and we all look forward to playing again in the near future.