My St John's

OJ Golf Society

The OJGS is an active group with 40-50 members.  They currently have six established annual fixtures, including matches against Old Alleynians, Old Cranleighans, Old Epsomians and St John's pupils. The Society also holds an annual OJ Golf Day normally played on one of the more prestigious golf courses in the south.

The OJGS is a member of the Public Schools Old Boys Golfing Association, which has over 150 members and includes close rivals Eastbourne, Epsom, Cranleigh, Hurstpierpoint, KCS Wimbledon and St George's, Weybridge. Each year the Grafton Morrish Trophy, a team scratch foursomes competition open to member schools, is competed for and, in 2010 and 2014, the OJ team qualified for the final stages.
 
All OJs are welcome to join the Society, which consists of all age groups (and handicaps) from recent school leavers to those who left years ago. The golf played is very sociable and great fun.  For more information please contact the Development Office.

2017 Fixtures

  • Tuesday 25 April – The School at Effingham GC (Humfrey Malins)
  • Sunday 14 May – Grafton Morrish Qualifier at Royal Wimbledon GC (Stuart Hibbert/Andrew Wildey)
  • Saturday 20 May – Bar GS at New Zealand GC (David Williams)
  • Sunday 4 June – O Epsomians at Walton Heath GC (David Glasscock)
  • Saturday 1 July – O Alleynians at New Zealand GC (Barry Smart)
  • Sunday 24 September – O Cranleighans at Royal Ashdown Forest GC (David Scrivens)
  • Friday 29 September to Sunday 1 October - Grafton Morrish Finals –  at Hunstanton GC and Royal West Norfolk GC  (Practice Day Thursday 28 September)
  • Sunday 1 October – Society Day at Effingham GC (Stuart Hibbert)

Match Reports 2017

OJGS v Old Alleynians - Saturday 1 July 2017

After two years at The Berkshire Golf Club the venue for this year’s match was switched to New Zealand Golf Club. This was due to the unavailability of The Berkshire course on a suitable date. 

The New Zealand course awaited our 15th annual encounter with the Old Alleynians. The weather was set fair with a light breeze and the course, as ever, was in excellent condition.

The O.J team was represented by Stuart Hibbert, Hugh Gibbs, Richard Vosser, David Scrivens, Jignesh Patel, Richard and Graham Warren, Pascal Sedgwick and myself. We were delighted to have the Warren brothers and Pascal playing as they were newcomers to the match. The format for both morning and afternoon rounds was one singles match and four foursomes. At lunch the OJ team found itself in a “spot of bother” and was 5 down having lost all the morning matches.

The Club provided us with an excellent lunch supported by the customary wine and port. Traditionally the previous year's losing team provides the port. As the match was halved in 2016 the OAs retained the privilege - and we enjoyed their hospitality!

In the afternoon session the match was reduced to 14 holes due to time constraints. After a brave struggle the OJs managed to secure one win and a halved match so that the OAs ran out overall winners on the day by 8.5 to 1.5. A disappointing result for the OJs but we will be keen for revenge next year.

The 15 years' statistics for this match show an overall position of OJs 10.5 wins to the OAs 4.5, so we should not feel unnecessarily depressed!

Everybody enjoyed the day immensely. There were some very tight matches most of which sadly went the OAs way. Come next year we would we would love to further new faces playing for the OJ side. 

(Report by Match Manager Barry Smart)

OJGS v Old Epsomians GS at Walton Heath Golf Club – Sunday 4 June 2017

We were lucky enough to be able to play this year’s fixture against the OE’s on both the Old and New courses which had recently been set up to host an annual qualifying event for the 2017 US Open. We were equally lucky that top amateur golfer David Boote, an OE, who shot 62, 73 in the qualifying rounds to miss out narrowly on a US Open spot, was not a member of the OE side!

After the disappointment of last year’s fixture having to be cancelled, we were able to contest a 6 a-side match against some familiar OE faces .The morning foursomes was played over the Old Course, in which the OE’s took a lunch time lead of 2.5 to 0.5. After the usual splendid (and ample) lunch served in the private dining room at Walton Heath we set off to try and overcome the deficit, this time playing on the equally challenging New Course. I am pleased to say we were able to prevail in the afternoon to take the overall match by 3.5 to 2.5. Special congratulations to Jignesh Patel for playing very solidly throughout and for being unbeaten on the day.

We are extremely fortunate to be able to play this fixture at Walton Heath, which not only hosts the US Open qualifying event but has also previously hosted the 1981 Ryder Cup, the European Open and most recently the Seniors Open Championship. I would urge those who have not played at this venue, or for that matter in any other OJ Match, to put their name forward to the relevant match manager.

OJ Team: Paul Deeprose, David Glasscock, Stephen Glasscock, Alistair Hooper, Jignesh Patel and David Williams.

(Report by Match Manager, David Glasscock)

OJGS v The School at Effingham GC, Tuesday 25 April

The venue for this year's match between the School and the OJs was again the local and delightful Effingham Golf Club. A strong breeze and sunshine greeted the two teams, with the School anxious to reverse last year's result, which they did in some style. Despite the OJs winning the first game, where Tim Mcilroy and Pascal Sedgwick, playing the first 9 holes in one over par,  beat the School pair of Ben Howe and Buster O Callaghan  five and four, it was uphill thereafter for the OJs. Alistair Blair and Angus Lonsdale triumphed over Dom Higgitt and Jignesh Patel, James Patton and Will Payne saw off veterans Peter Edgar and Will Scrivens, and Harry Snell and Kimball Klintworth overcame James Smart and Stephen Vickery. Overall three victories to the School and one to the OJs.

(L -R) Dom Higgitt, Tim Mcilroy and Pascal Sedgwick Once again David Scrivens and Humfrey Malins took on the Masters i/c, Richard Davidson and Adrian Gale, in a fun match which, like last year, produced no clear result!  We were particularly pleased to welcome three new, young members of the Society to the OJ team - Tim Mcilroy, Pascal Sedgwick and Dom Higgitt – all good golfers off low handicaps.

Sandwiches and chips rounded off an enjoyable afternoon. Our special thanks to Richard and Adrian for their input to the match organization, to  Trevor Lonsdale a current St Johns parent and Effingham member i/c junior golf at the Club for his help, and not least to Effingham Golf club for their welcome  and hospitality.

(Report by Humfrey Malins Match Manager)  

Grafton Morrish Qualifier at Royal Wimbledon GC, Sunday 14 May

The OJ Grafton team met up on Sunday 14th May with the strongest side they have been able to put out since qualifying previously in 2014. As usual the format was scratch stableford foursomes and between 3 pairs our target was a total of 75 points which in most years would be sufficient to qualify.  First out was James Wallace and Richard Warren achieving 24 points, followed by Peter Richardson and Graham Warren with 25 points.  Our final pairing of Andrew Wildey and Stuart Hibbert scored 26 points.  We had therefore reached our minimum target of 75 points but had a nervous wait to find out if we had qualified as there were still many teams out on the lovely Royal Wimbledon course hoping to overtake our score.  Agonisingly Eton managed to amass one more point than us, apparently with their final pair sinking a wonder putt on the last hole to deny the OJ team’s qualification. Everyone was desperately disappointed as the team was really keen and hopeful of representing the School in the final stages once again.  Sadly it will have to wait another year.

(Report by Team Captain Stuart Hibbert)

OJGS v Bar GS at New Zealand GC, Saturday 20 May

This was the third year of playing this match at  New Zealand Golf Club and a beautiful day awaited us.  After bacon rolls and coffee and the usual banter we headed off to the tee. First off, David Williams and John Martyn, struggled against strong opposition and suffered a heavy defeat; second off Steve Vickery and Jignesh Patel also lost so we were two down. However,  Nick Presley and David Glasscock and Hugh Gibbs and Andrew Warboys won the next two matches to bring the scores level only for Stephen Norris and Richard Vosser to lose the final match of the morning to give the Bar a 3-2 lead.

New Zealand provided their usual excellent lunch with most of both teams tucking into a roast of their choice followed by treacle tart or sponge pudding .But the OJs,  with their eye on the afternoon, must have lunched more prudently than The Bar, and proceeded to win the first 4 matches in the afternoon to clinch victory. The eventual score  finished 6-4.

It was another great day and as usual the New Zealand Club looked after us really well. The excellent condition of the course attracted much comment too from both sides. It is certainly an excellent venue for the match.

(Report by Match Manager David Williams)

Match Reports 2016

OJGS v St John's School, Effingham, 10 May

The annual match between the School and the Old Johnians was held this year at the Effingham golf club. This Harry Colt designed course, established in the 1920s, has hosted a number of prestigious events including a regional qualifier for the Open Championship. For much of his life Sir Barnes Wallis, creator of the " bouncing bomb" which breached the Mohne and Eder Dams in World War 2, lived in a home just off the 17th fairway and he took a great interest in the Club.

Matt Fidler, Hayden Storey, Peter Edgar and Will ScrivensWith lovely views (on a good day you can see the Shard from the 8th fairway), excellent greens and fairways, Effingham was an ideal venue for the match, and many thanks to Trevor Lonsdale, an Effingham member (and father of a member of the St Johns team), for his help in getting the match staged there. Better than expected weather greeted the teams, and although the School lost all four matches, they were close, keenly contested, and contained much good golf. The Club, and in particular David Cox who runs the Effingham Junior Section, made everyone very welcome and we all enjoyed sandwiches, chips and drinks afterwards in the ancient club house.

Match results (School names first) as follows-

  • Ben Howe and Alex Annetts lost to Andrew Wildey and James Smart 3 and 2
  • Ollie Hunt and Alex Nousis lost to Ian Cruickshank and David Glasscock 3 and 1
  • Hayden Storey and Matt Fisher lost to Will Scrivens and Peter Edgar 4 and 3
  • James Paton and Angus Lonsdale lost to Barry Smart and Hugh Gibbs 2 and 1

A " fun" match between Masters- in- Charge Richard Davidson and Adrian Gale (many thanks to them both for their excellent organisation) and OJ Golf Chairman David Scrivens and OJ Match Manager Humfrey Malins somehow ( no one quite knows how) ended all square. A very good afternoon much enjoyed by all.

(Match report by Humfrey Malins}

Grafton Morrish Qualifier at Royal Wimbledon, 15 May

The Old Johnians arrived at Royal Wimbledon on a beautiful sunny morning with a good side, not our first choice, but good enough we hoped to qualify this year. We were fortunate to be playing alongside regular qualifiers Whitgift, the hope being that you match your playing partners play - if only!

Stuart Hibbert, Peter Richardson, James Smart, James Wallace, Andrew Wildey and Jamie SutherlandFirst out for the OJ's were James Wallace (hcp1) and Jamie Sutherland (5) who on paper were a great pairing. Unfortunately they struggled to accumulate points early on and whilst they came back strongly at the end only managed 19 points. Second out were James Smart (5) and Pete Richardson (6) who fared slightly better and brought home 23 points. Bringing up the rear were Andrew Wildey (4) & Stuart Hibbert (5) who battled against the course well for a very respectable 28 points. The team total of 70 stableford points left us sadly well short of qualification.

Royal Wimbledon requires careful plotting tee to green along with great nerves on their quick greens and the scratch foursomes format is tough, you have to work really hard to score points on every hole! Well done to the team for giving everything, we'll be back next year to try again.

(Report by Team Captain Stuart Hibbert)

OJGS v The Bar GS, New Zealand, Saturday 21 May

For the 2nd year the match against our old rivals The Bar GS was played at The New Zealand Golf Club. The course was in fabulous condition and proved a good test for both teams. During a “proper” lunch it was announced that the match was poised at 3-2 to the OJ’s, so all to play for in the afternoon. It would have appeared that the Bar were less affected by the lunch than the OJ’s as after 3 matches were finished in the afternoon the Bar were back to level. I am however pleased to report that our tail wagged and the final two pairings won their games giving the OJ’s a 6-4 victory.

Since this match has been moved to The New Zealand I am pleased that the support from both sides has increased and am confident that with the quality of the course and the great lunch they provide this trend will continue into the future. I hope to see some new faces from the OJ’s playing next year.

A vote of thanks to our own Paul Norris who raises and plays for the Bar side and has done so ever since the match started.

Team: Iain Cruickshank, Hugh Gibbs, David Glasscock, Bob Lankshear, Stephen Norris, David Scrivens, Barry Smart, Richard Vosser and David Williams.

(Report by Match Manager David Williams)

OJGS v O Alleynians, The Berkshire, Sunday 3 July

The annual match against the Old Alleynians was played on a gloriously sunny Sunday at The Berkshire GC. For anyone who has played at The Berkshire, you will know the pedigree of both the Club and the courses. For those of you who have not, it has two stunning courses, the Red and the Blue, ranked 34th and 55th respectively in the top 100 Best Golf Courses in the UK.

This is the second year that the match has been played at The Berkshire, moving from its previous venue at Littlestone GC in Kent. The Old Alleynians were seeking to defend the match trophy following their victory last year. The OJs fielded a well balanced side with a handicap spread ranging from 5 to 24. As usual the format for the day was two rounds of foursomes.

After their match: David Scrivens, David Glasscock, Jamie Gray (OA) and John Simpson (OA)The morning round was played over the Blue course and at lunch the match was level at 2.5 - 2.5. The carvery lunch at The Berkshire is legendary, and was no exception on the day. Weighed down by our 3 course meal the teams set out to play the Red course in the afternoon. The Red has a unique lay out of 6 par 3's, 6 par 4's and 6 par 5's and, like the Blue course, was in exceptional condition with fast, undulating greens. The leading three matches in the afternoon yielded only half a point for the OJs but some sterling play from the final two pairs saw the OJs snatch an overall half. Unfortunately this result meant that the trophy was retained by the Old Alleynians!

Congratulations to Stephen Glasscock who was the only OJ to win both his matches.

My thanks to Barry Smart for raising the OJ side and for inviting me to manage the match in his absence as he was away on holiday. The team was as follows - Hugh Gibbs, David Glasscock, Stephen Glasscock, Stuart Hibbert, Paul Norris, Jignesh Patel, Nick Presley, David Scrivens, Rob Smart and Andrew Worboys.

Here's hoping for a similarly enjoyable day when we lock horns again next year at the same venue.

(Match Report by David Glasscock)

Society Day at Effingham GC - Friday 9 September

After last year's disappointing turnout it was hoped this year would bring an improvement in the numbers. After plenty of encouragement to members only 14 golfers applied to play and this number was reduced to 12 on the day by the last minute withdrawl of 2 members. Two years ago twice that number played at North Hants GC. Perhaps we should never have moved the date of the Day from June to September.

Undismayed four three balls set off to play an individual stableford competition. The weather was kinder than forecast and the course was in excellent condition. There was some excellent golf, with Stephen Glasscock winning with 38 points. Ollie Banks, a newcomer to Society Day, was second with 35 points, narrowly beating Iain Cruickshank on a count back. Stephen also collected the nearest the pin prize.

Those who attended thoroughly enjoyed the golf and the lunch that followed. As usual the Club looked after us well.

(Report by Iain Cruickshank)

OJGS v O Cranleighan GS at Royal Ashdown Forest GC - Sunday 25 September

This match with the OCs started in 2007 so this was the 10th encounter in the series. By mutual agreement it was limited to 8 a side though unfortunately the OJs were one short on the day due to a late withdrawal for which a replacement could not be raised. In consequence only three pairs went out for the morning and David Scrivens, as match manager, played a non-competetive game with the OCs match manager, Tim Kemp, and his brother counting half a point to each side regardless of the outcome. The main morning games were closely run and brought the score to 2-2 at lunch.

It was clear, however, that the effects of a very warm day and the physical demands of the Old course had had a marked impact. One OC came in with a twisted knee, two others felt 18 holes was quite enough whilst a fourth received an urgent call from home to help with family sickness. As it happened on the OJ side Barry Smart and Hugh Gibbs also felt 18 holes was probably enough and David Scrivens was also prepared to stand down. So after lunch only two matches went out, Andrew Wildey and Andrew Worboys won their game and Stuart Hibbert and Jig Patel halved theirs - both very good games. The overall result therefore was a narrow OJ win by 3.5 to 2.5. In spite of all the comings and goings it proved to be an enjoyable day helped by perfect weather and the fine condition of the course.

I am grateful to the OJ team for playing and pleased to have Andrew Worboys appearing in the match for the first time and winning both his games. In discussion with both sides over lunch it was suggested that we might consider making the match an 18 hole encounter in future with optional golf after lunch. Food for thought perhaps.

(Report by Match Manager David Scrivens.)