OA Golfing Society
The Old Alleynian Golfing Society was founded in 1925. It exists to promote the enjoyment of golf by Old Alleynians. To do this the Society has a varied and attractive fixture list.
It enters teams for the national competitions for public schools old boys golf societies:
- The Halford Hewitt Cup which is played at Deal and Sandwich in April
- The Grafton Morrish Bowl, the finals of which are held at Hunstanton and Brancaster in the Autumn
- The Cyril Gray Trophy, played at Worplesdon in June
- The Putting Tournament held at Royal Wimbledon in June
Details of these competitions can be found below.
The Society holds two formal Meetings, and organises several informal ones, during the year. These are played at some of the best golfing venues in the South East of England, which can be checked out on the Meetings page. The Spring and Autumn Meetings include a singles stableford competition in the morning with a foursomes competition after lunch. There is also a Scratch prize in the Autumn Meeting, and one for the best singles aggregate over the two meetings. The informal Winter Warmers and Summer Sizzlers consist of a breakfast or light lunch followed by a round of golf. Members wishing to play in any of these events should contact the Hon. Secretary, Duncan Anderson.
There are also a number of friendly matches against Dulwich College, the Dulwich and Sydenham Hill and Royal Cinque Ports Golf Clubs, and other Old Boys Golf Societies. These are held either in the evening during the week, or at the weekend. Details can be found on below. Any member wishing to play in any match should contact the appropriate Match Manager
The Society holds its Annual Dinner in March at the East India Club. The Annual General Meeting is held immediately following the Autumn Meeting.The Committee are concerned to maintain the sustainability and vitality of the Society. Members are encouraged to attend the Meetings and to play in the matches. The Society has also established a Youth Policy to encourage recent school leavers to join and participate in the events. But we also want to encourage any other OAs who play golf, whether returning to the game or having taken it up since leaving the College, to join us. Don’t worry about your standard of play. Whatever it is you will be given a warm welcome. Membership costs only £20 per year, but for members under 25 years old it is free.
Prior to leaving, school leavers who play golf are invited to the Annual Dinner. We follow this up with a formal invitation to join the Society. In 2008 the Society provided support for coaching by a PGA qualified coach for boys at the College, and we have provided some support to enable young OAs to compete in our events. Securing a firm financial basis for the policy is a concern for the Committee particularly in the current economic situation. But while the Committee consider further what might be done, any donations or offers of sponsorship from generous OAs would be very welcome. Please contact the Hon. Secretary if you think you can help.
- Providing a forum for the enjoyment of OA golf by all OA golfers
- Becoming more competitive in the Halford Hewitt and Grafton Morrish tournaments
- Securing the long term sustainability of the Society
Young OA golfers are defined as those aged under 25.
The policy has the following main strands:
- The maintenance of close links with the College through the Master-in-Charge of Golf.
- Contact with school leavers who play golf, including the invitation to join the Society, plus follow-ups in the event of no response.
- Publicising OAGS at events like the match against the College and the Dinner.
- Marketing OAGS activities in a way that makes them more attractive to young OA golfers.
- Subsidising young OA golfers in OA events.
- Supporting golf at the College.
The Youth Policy is funded from a separate Youth Fund. The sources of this include the following:
- A small proportion of the annual subscription
- A small overhead included as part of the charge for individual events
- Specific fund raising activities
- Any grants from the Alleyn Club
- Individual donations, sponsorship, or legacies
The ability with which the Society can subsidise events for young OA golfers will depend on the amount in the Youth Fund. Therefore, each year the Committee will decide the priorities for funding.