Lionel Scott sadly passed away on 30 December at his care home in Sussex. He was 98 – his grandson, Harry Grimshaw, says they all thought he would make a 100 but 98 was not a bad innings. One of the greatest OCGS golfers.
From Philip Truett:
I am attaching a very interesting extract about him from Royal Mid-Surrey’s recent Club History ‘Baptism of Fire’. He was a most remarkable man which you can see from this article. He must have been one of Cranleigh’s most distinguished former pupils.
He was Captain of RMS in 1966. Representing RMS, he won the London Amateur Foursomes, playing with S.K.Prestige, in 1955. He had previously won this tournament, playing with G.H.T.Chalcraft, for Richmond G.C., in 1948.
He joined Walton Heath in 1961 and became Captain in 1975. To become Captain of two major London golf clubs within 10 years of each other was a remarkable achievement!
He had been the Senior Past Captain of Walton for the last 10 years. He was also the Senior Past Captain of the OCGS having been Captain in 1961 and 1962
He was one of our most successful Halford Hewitt players. He played 36 matches with Michael Burgess, winning 27, halving 5 and only losing 4. This included 15 consecutive matches without defeat between 1967 and 1971.
He played with Michael in the 1968 losing finalist side. They were the only unbeaten pair, winning four and halving two of their six matches.
He and Michael opened the school golf course in the summer term of 1959. Their professional opponents were Richard Burton, Open Champion in 1939 and Bob French of West Surrey G.C.
He played off Scratch or 1 handicap from 1948 to 1973. In his late 80’s, he told me that he had beaten his age so many times that he had stopped counting!