OSs were few and far between for the 2017 trip to Lancashire this year. Notwithstanding, the weather was in great form, we were playing 5 fantastic courses, and we were all determined to enjoy ourselves.

The first day’s play was at Southport and Ainsdale for Miles Moffat and Barry Aitken, hosted by Christopher Walker, and at Royal Lytham for Andrew Mawby and Mike Grundy, hosted by Donald Mackay – two challenging courses and not surprisingly, both hosts came out on top.

All 6 played at Ormskirk the following day where Christopher Walker was in great form again, and then Barry Aitken managed to take the honours on day three at Fairhaven.

The day of the match against the School was again bathed in bright sunshine, and Lancaster GC was looking a picture. Sadly for the OSs the school team were also in great form and the stableford scoring was “off the wall” with Henry Holdsworth coming out top with 43 points and Sam Stewart close behind with 42 points.

We played in five flights of 4, with one OS playing with three from the School and since Henry and Sam were in the same team, alongside Andrew Mawby and Max Sylvester, it was Team 1 that won by a mile!

It was a measure of the quality of the golf that only 4 players out of 20 came in with a score less than 30 points, and this despite a keen breeze.

We all sat down together for a very pleasant supper after the match. The Best Individual prize was presented to Henry Holdsworth, the Best Team prize to Team 1, and Archie Davies, captain of the School Golf team was presented with the silver Claret Jug.

This event is extremely popular with the School and one which they are fiercely keen to continue. We hope next year more OSs will join us.

The playing of this match is a super activity and great fun, but what really inspires the OSs is how impressive the young people are as individuals, as personalities, and as ambassadors for their School.

Barry Aitken