Windcheaters Golfing Society
The first match was played at Muirfield on 16th September 1972. Recollections are that this was arranged by Ronnie Alexander (or possibly Johnny Salvesen) and Harry McCaw who had been at Oxford together. The teams were:
OLGS: H M J Ritchie, R M Burns, G Robertson Durham, J M Weir, J G Salvesen, J A Reid, J D H McIntosh, R B Bruce, W R Alexander, P Burnet and D M Greenhough.
Windcheaters: W J J Ferguson, D M McAuley, W A McNeill, I H McCaw, R L Young, A G C Wilson, M C McAuley, G B Purce, J G McErvel W H Webb, C H Adams, R G Clark, T A Blair and J S Pollock.
Despite the fact that the Windcheaters had two extra players the OLGS won by 7 - 5. It was a glorious sunny day and it had been decided that the losers should pay for the dinner that evening in Greywalls. Guy Robertson Durham, who was the captain of the HCEG at that time, decided otherwise and the winners paid for the dinner!
There was going to be a return match in 1973 at Royal County Down but Robertson Durham, McInroy, Salvesen and Greenhough were representing the HCEG at Royal Montreal's Centenary. Royal Montreal, the oldest club in North America was founded by Alexander Dennistoun OL and the Captain of the R & A, Sir Ian Stewart OL, and the Captain of Royal Liverpool, the Duke of Angostura OL, aka John Barratt, also attended.
Therefore the return match was postponed until 1974 when it was played at Turnberry with the Wincheaters as hosts. [Unfortunately, whilst it is believed that the WGS won, no record of the result can be found - if you can clarify, please contact the Hon. Secretary]
After that the match was played annually and the results were:
1972 - Won 7 - 5 (Muirfield)
1974 - ? (Turnberry)
1975 - Lost 7 1/2 - 4 1/2 (Prestwick)
1976 - Halved 5 - 5 (RCD)
1977 - Halved 5 - 5 (Royal Dornoch)
1978 - Lost 9 - 3 (RCD)
1979 - Won 8 - 4 (Muirfield)
1980 - Lost 3 - 5 (RCD)
1981 - Won 9 1/2 - 1/2 (Southerness)
1982 - Lost 4 1/2 - 3 1/2 (RCD)
1983 - Lost 2 1/2 - 7 1/2 (Muirfield)
1984 - Lost 1 1/2 - 6 1/2 (Royal Portrush)
1985 - Won 5 - 3 (Prestwick)
1986 - Lost 7 1/2 - 4 1/2 (RCD)
1987 - Won 6 - 4 (Elie)
1988 - Halved 5 - 5 (RCD)
1989 - Halved 5 - 5 (Muirfield)
1990 - Lost 4 1/2 - 5 1/2 (RCD)
1992 - Lost 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 (Muirfield)
1994 - Lost 3 - 7 (RCD)
1996 - Lost 5 - 7 (Prestwick)
1998 - ? (Venue)
2000 - Lost 5 1/2 - 6 1/2 (St. Andrews)
2002 - Lost 4 1/2 - 5 1/2 (RCD)
2004 - Lost 3 - 9 (Muirfield)
2006 - Lost 1 1/2 - 8 1/2 (RCD)
2008 - Halved 5 - 5 (Muirfield)
2010 - Won 6 1/2 - 5 1/2
The OLGS was one of the few (only?) societies that went regularly to Northern Ireland to play against the WGS in the 70s and 80s as there was a bit of "local trouble" at the time. One of the regular WGS players, John Haldane, was murdered by the IRA and Lord Robbie Lowry was shot at but the gunman missed and shot his bodyguard instead, fortunately not fatally. whilst bombs were planted in the RCD carpark, but OLs don't recognize danger!
In the late '60s Joe Carr and Harry McCaw (who was at Glenalmond) were the only Irish members of the R and A. We would like to beleive that one of the results of the OLGS v WGS matches was that many Irishmen, from both sides of the border, have become members and now St. Andrews is infested with them!