Stowe qualified for the Grafton Morrish finals for the first time since 2016 but were knocked out in the first round by the 2021 winners, Millfield. Max Faulkner (Temple 22), Stowe’s first golf scholar, made his debut for the Society. In the Halford Hewitt a relatively young team, including two players on debut, lost in the first round. The Society’s new Captain, Peter Jarvis (Walpole 83), with support from Charlie Rotheroe (Walpole 85) and Jean-Michel Hall (Temple 06), is working on a plan to revive the 1st team’s fortunes after a period of little success. In other team events, the Society could not repeat the successes of 2021 in the Birkdale Bucket and The Dick Watson Trophy coming fifth and seventh respectively.
The Spring Meeting at Woking saw Jean-Michel Hall win the Scratch Salver, Nigel Wright (Chatham 78) the Memorial Vase, Roddy Blackburne (Walpole 12) the Under 30s Salver and Jon Horrocks (Grafton 76) and John da Silva (Temple 87) the Foursomes. At an excellent Summer Meeting at Aldeburgh, Peter Jarvis won the Buchanan Scratch Trophy and John da Silva the inaugural Bob Durrant Stableford Salver, which was presented by Wendy Durrant. In the Foursomes, Nick Luddington (Chatham 78) and Ollie Carr (Grafton 05) won the Choyce Tankards and Greg Choyce (Cobham 73) and John da Silva the Chatham Cups (50+). The Autumn Meeting at Brancaster saw Charles Consett (Cobham 96) and Jeremy Cave (Chatham 77) beat Jim Marshall-Andrew (Bruce 92) and Peter Jarvis in the Lucas Langley Foursomes, while retiring Captain, William Hill (Grenville 75) won the Scratch Salver and the St Andrews Putter. In the Stableford, Neil Gray (Chatham 78) won the Nigel Chittenden Cup and David Ewbank (Chatham 83) the Piper Salver.
The Society had wins against Canford, the Templars’, Downside and Aldeburgh Golf Clubs, but lost to Merchant Taylors and a strong School team at Woking, having previously beaten them at Sunningdale.
Even more young golfers wanted
Although ten players under 30 played for the Society in 2022 we want even more young golfers, male and female, of all standards to play in our 20+ fixtures held at some of the best courses in the country including: Royal St. George’s, Deal, Woodhall Spa, Sunningdale, Woking, New Zealand, Aldeburgh, Hunstanton, Worplesdon, Little Aston, Moor Park and Formby.
The year ahead
The Society has been re-structured to involve more members in its management with Stewart McNair (Grenville 71) as President, Peter Jarvis as Captain, Francis Law (Chatham 80) as Treasurer, James Gartside (Chandos 87) as Northern Coordinator and Charlie Rotheroe as Under 30s Coordinator. There will be further liaison with the School to develop links between the Society, the School team and Stowe Golf Club. Several Centenary celebration events are planned for 2023, including a School and Old Stoic match against Canford and a special competition on the Stowe course on 23rd September.
If anyone wants to know more about the Society and its fixtures, please look at the Old Stoic section of the Stowe website, Stowe Connect, our Facebook page or contact the Membership Coordinator, Peter Simmons (Cobham 69) or 07957 141826.