Frolicking on the fairway

The combined Old Clayesmorian and Clayesmore Societies’ Golf Day saw an eclectic gathering coming together at Remedy Oak Golf Club last week and what a superb day it proved to be.

With OCs of various vintages in attendance (with offspring), along with current and former parents, current grandparents, current pupils and members of staff, representing every part of the School from Nursery to Prep to Senior, plus guests, it was a thoroughly inter-generational, multi-faceted and happily varied turn out. From the off, everybody mixed with everybody and we had the honour of reintroducing two very lively OCs who’d not seen each other since they’d left Clayesmore circa 1969.

Fortified by coffee and bacon rolls, the players made their way out into the fading drizzle for a practice on the driving range followed by tee off and a few hours of spectacular golf, with hot soup a welcome pit stop at half time (er, the 9thhole – Ed).

After a very dubious start, the weather cleared up to show the especially beautiful course off to its best, as fiery autumn colours lit up under the sloping glow of the afternoon sun.

Then it was all back to the clubhouse for an excellent meal followed by prize-giving.

Special mention went to the current pupils, Alice M, Henry D and Jamie G, who had played very well indeed and added some youthful vigour to the proceedings. Julian Bailey, as highest-scoring OC, won the Iwerne Cup, and son of an OC, David Horan, lifted the Dorset Trophy, open to all other players.

We also ran an informal (but hotly-contested) House competition (also incorporating the Prep), which was won by Honorary Wolvertonian, Gary Weldon, Estates Plumber, and his guests. The prize? Chocolates for the girls!

Well done to all who took part; it really was a wonderful day. Photos are here.