Fixtures and Match Results – 2014

 

Date Opponents Venue Result Score
March 1 Marlborough Woking Won 6 2
March 2 Blundell's Burnham & Berrow Won 4 3
March 2 Royal Cinque Ports GC Deal Won 3 1
March 29-30 Brent Knoll Bowl Burnham & Berrow Won Final - -
April 10-13 Halford Hewitt Cup Deal & Sandwich Lost in 2nd Round - -
April 23 Wrotham Heath GC Wrotham Heath Lost 1 3
May 3 Saunton GC Saunton Lost 5 7
May 11 Graftom Morrish Qualifyer North Hants Qualified 2nd - -
May 13 Littlehampton Seniors Littlehampton Halved 2 2
May 17 Sherborne GC Sherborne Lost 1 4
May 18 Tonbridge The Berkshire Won 4 2
May 27 Lancing Littlehampton Halved 4 4
June 6 Woodbridge GC Woodbridge Lost
June 7 Aldeburgh GC Aldeburgh Halved 9 9
June 7 Alba Trophy Woking 1st in Handicap - -
June 21 Rye GC Rye Lost
July 1 Woking GC Woking Lost 2 3
July 10-12 G L Mellin West Hill Lost in 2nd Round - -
July 26 Cheltenham Hamptworth Lost
Aug 9 Malvern Woking Lost 2 3
Sept 6 West Sussex GC Pulborough Lost
Sept 13 Downside New Zealand Won
Sept 14 School & Staff Sherborne Won 4 2
Oct 3-5 Grafton Morrish Hunstanton Won final - -
Oct 11-12 Dick Watson Trophy Aldeburgh Runners Up - -
Oct 25 Radley Woking Lost
Nov 8 Aldenham Ashridge Won
Oct 19 The School Remedy Oak Won 3 1

Match details

 

v Marlborough at Woking on March 1st 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. G H Prentice & R T Mather 4/2 1 R C Bell & E L S Weiss 0
2. N I Gavin-Brown & R A Rydon 0 C A Evers & M F Lewis 1 up 1
3. H F Gill & E W R Bridges 4/3 1 M R Evers & S C P Parry 0
4. J D V Wheatley & J P Irving 2/1 1 R M Swann & M J S Scorer 0
Total morning 3     1
1. G H Prentice & H F Gill 0 C A Evers & R M Swann 1
2. E W R Bridges & J D V Wheatley 3/2 1 R C Bell & S C P Parry 0
3.   R T Mather & R A Rydon 6/5 1 M F Lewis & E L S Weiss 0
4. J P Irving & N I Gavin-Brown 1 up 1 M R Evers & S M L Morgan 0
Total afternoon 3     1
Result won 6-2 6     2

 

 

 

 

v Blundell’s at Burnham and Berrow on March 2nd 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. P J Hodges & R O Grayburn 0 N C Ashworth & A R Vallance 3/2 1
2. M J Rowland & D Crews & ½ A L C Ward & I C Cockram ½
3. R A Bagnall & T J Rowland ½ P J Kingdon & A A C Jeffery ½
4. N D Macpherson & J O Bendall 0 R J March & D J Bourne 4/2 1
5. M D Macpherson & A G Thatcher * 4/3 1 S J Tilley & D A d’Arcy Hughes 0
Total morning 2     3
1. R A Bagnall & A G Thatcher * 2/1 1 N C Ashworth & I C Cockram 0
2. T J Rowland & J O Bendall 2/1 1 A L C Ward & A R Vallance 0
Total afternoon 2     0
Result won 4-3 4     3
Very heavy rain prevented some pairs going out after lunch.

 

 

v Royal Cinque Ports GC at Deal on March 2nd 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. T J Couzens & G O Curtis 2/1 1 H Cochrane & M A Febery 0
2. S Gillett & E R S Kelly 0 K W Hannah & S P Dorritt 2/1 1
3. C R Martin & J D B Pralle 2/1 1 S E Macdonald & J R Shorney 0
4. N P C Hyde & P J L Martin 4/2 1 A R J Muldoon & P A Wills 0
Result won 3-1 3     1

 

Brent Knoll Bowl

v Leatherjackets at Burnham and Berrow on March 29th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. N D A Aubin & R J S Busher 4/3 1 M C Evans & A G Clay 0
2. N K Whalley & J B D Pralle D W Graham & J B Wild 2/1 1
3. E R S Kelly & J R E Irving 21st 1 N R W Rogers & R J Ellis 2
Result won 2-1 2     1

 

v Epsom

Score Points Score Points
1. N D A Aubin & R J S Busher 1 up 1 D P J Cullen & J C A Collier 0
2. N K Whalley & J B D Pralle 6/5 1 S P Baker & P A F Stanford 0
3. E R S Kelly & J R E Irving 0 R D A Lammiman & J E Felton 3/2 1
Result won 2-1 2     1

 

v Army at Burnham and Berrow on March 30th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. N D A Aubin & R J S Busher ½ A K Paterson & B S Churchill ½
2. N K Whalley & J B D Pralle 3/2 1 M G Snape & R Over 0
3. E R S Kelly & J R E Irving 3/2 1 M P Burgess & J C Bogle 0
Result won 2½-½     ½

 

v Wigorns

Score Points Score Points
1. N D A Aubin & R J S Busher 6/5 1 W A G Bowden & G P Meads 0
2. N K Whalley & J B D Pralle 2/1 1 M J Farmer & M B Peplow 0
3. E R S Kelly & J R E Irving ½ C A Elliott & D T Oliver ½
Result won 2½-½     ½

 

Our pairings for the weekend were: Nick Aubin & Robbie Busher; Nigel Whalley & Jos Pralle; Ed Kelly & Robin Irving. As defending champions, it was essential that we were not over confident, and this nearly happened in the first round against the Leatherjackets.

Busher proved to be too good for Geoff Clay, in spite of the latter’s 50 years extra experience, and we won 4 and 3. Pralle and Whalley were looking good being 2 up at the turn, but failed to make par at the next four holes and were lucky to still be all square. Missed putts at the16th and 17th resulted in losing 2 and 1. Kelly and Irving were two down on the 17th tee. The opposition were in the right hand bunker and took two to get out, so we won the hole with a bogey 4. At the 18th Kelly drove long but left, and landed in deep hollow five yards short of a big bush. The Leatherjackets had driven short and further left, but their lie looked reasonable. However, their next shot did not reach our drive and was still in the dunes. Following several more shots by both sides we won the hole with a five.

The 19th was halved in par. On the 20th Kelly hit a huge drive down the left side of the fairway so far that it reached a bunker most of us had never seen or feared. The Leatherjackets missed the green with their second shot on the right. Irving then hit a truly professional shot from the deep bunker 100 yards from the green, pitched just on the top level and spun to a halt 15 feet left of the hole. The Leatherjackets putted 20 feet past the hole and then holed this for a par 4. Kelly just missed the birdie 3 and we moved to the next hole (which was the 17th on the course). Both players went right and missed the bunkers. Leatherjackets hit a crisp pitch which stopped quickly leaving a difficult 20 footer from the edge of the green. Kelly hit a lovely chip to 8 feet and Irving holed to win the match.

Slow play and the extra holes meant we finished our match half an hour after we were due to go out again. Fortunately Epsom, our renowned adversaries, were relaxed about delaying the start. The top match played par golf and won 1 up. Aubin commented that playing with Busher he had only needed to hit the ball half as far as when he played with Whalley! Pralle and Whalley also played par golf and this was good enough for a comfortable win by 6/5. Meanwhile, Irving and Kelly had lost 3 and 2.

Sunday morning brought us into battle with the Army and we needed all our guns out. An early night helped the cause and Whalley and Pralle were soon 2 up and, after the usual lapse around the turn, went on to win 3 and 2. The top match missed from five feet at the 16th and from three foot for a two at the 17th. However, they were still one up going down the 18th. Busher’s cracking iron rolled over the back and the Army holed from 20 feet to win the hole. It was with great relief that we then saw Irving and Kelly walking in having won by 3 and 2.

By Sunday afternoon Busher’s reputation had caught up with him and the Wigorns reversed their order and we won the top match 6 and 5. Whalley and Pralle started solidly and after winning the first four holes things were looking too easy. It did not stay that way as the Wigorns pair got their game together and played some very solid golf. By the 13th we were all square and wondering what was happening. We pulled ourselves together and, one up on the 17th tee, Pralle almost holed his 3 iron, which gave us two putts from ten feet for the match and tournament. It was a great moment to win the Bowl in consecutive years, and this time we had beaten some of the best teams in the competition.

 

Halford Hewitt

 

v Framlingham at Sandwich on April 11th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. R A R Francis & R J S Busher 5/4 1 G S Cowell & A J W Wybar 0
2. N P C Hyde & P J L Martin 4/3 1 R H Graves & C T St J Plunkett 0
3. T J Couzens & S Gillett ½ M J Stolls & J A Newton ½
4. J R E Irving & R A Kitchin ½ R M D Alton & E P Watts ½
5. C R Martin & J B D Pralle 6/5 1 H Curle & M P Schweidau 0
Result won 4-1 4     1

 

v Glenalmond at Sandwich on April 11th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. R A R Francis & R J S Busher 6/5 1 M E Bradfield & S D Ferrari 0
2. N P C Hyde & P J L Martin 0 T R J Simmonds & A R Gray 4/3 1
3. T J Couzens & S Gillett 0 J W G Patrick & M F Thomson 1 up 1
4. J R E Irving & R A Kitchin 0 J D Gordon & R F Stewart 1 up 1
5. C R Martin & J B D Pralle 5/4 1 C D R Sanderson & S E Titterington 0
Result lost 2-3 2     3

 

We entered the Halford Hewitt with high expectations after successfully defending the Brent Knoll Bowl two weeks earlier. The side in playing order was: Rhys Francis and Robbie Busher, the later playing his last Hewitt before embarking on a career within the professional ranks; Peter Martin and Nick Hyde; Toby Couzens and Stuart Gillett; debuts for Robin Irving and Rob Kitchin; and a strong last pair of Clive Martin and Jos Pralle. On paper a good team, with some notable and talented golfers not selected.

We knew the first round draw against Framlingham was favourable as their rankings were not great, however, the Hewitt rarely sees weak sides put out so we were on our guard. It transpired to be a relatively easy match with the first, second and fifth pair winning by 5 and 4, 4 and 3 and 6 and 5 respectively. Irving and Kitchin were 2 up with 3 to play and were unlucky to only record a half due to the match having being decided, and Hewitt protocol encourages all matches still playing to walk in. Gillett and Couzens were all square at 16 in the same scenario. So the margin was 4-1.

A period of rest and contemplation ensued in the sunshine whilst waiting for the afternoon match against Glenalmond. We debated some changes to the order, but felt we were strongest in the way we set out in the morning match. The match was always likely to be close, and Glenalmond recognised our strength at top and bottom by putting their stronger pairs in the middle of the order. Francis and Busher (6 and 5) and Clive Martin and Pralle (5 and 4) produced comfortable wins early on which should have put the momentum with us. However, Peter Martin and Hyde were out putted and went down at the 15th. Gillett and Couzens started poorly and were 4 down after 8, but a rally around the turn took the match all the way to the 18th where they lost 1 down. Irving and Kitchin found themselves in the pressure cooker situation and were ahead for most of the match. Unfortunately, some nervy moments down the stretch, and an untidy 18th from both pairs, saw Glenalmond edge the final hole and go through in a very tight encounter.

Another disappointing year, and we seem to lose matches we should win and unfortunately don’t make a habit of winning matches we could lose! Once again a big thank you must go to all those who made the effort to travel down to Kent to lend support. It is hugely appreciated, and it was very sad not to have both Fergus Watson and Peter Currie with us this year; they will both be missed.

 

v Wrotham Heath GC at Wrotham Heath on April 23rd 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. J N W May & W T R Thackwell 0 S M Gay & A J Hodgson 1 up 1
2. W J Rydon & J I B Cannon * 0 R E Williams & H J Dunk 3/2 1
3. R N Cullen & R J Bristow * 0 P J Skelton & M F J Knox 6/5 1
4. M G L Jerrom & J P Irving 1 up 1 H Dearden & G W Smith 0
Result lost 1-3 1     3

 

v Saunton G C at Saunton on May 3rd 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. N D A Aubin & M J Rowland 4/3 1 G H Aitken & C M Norris 0
2. T J Rowland & W Eglington 3/1 1 T L Bigge & G J A Laycock 0
3. M T B Pope & J O Bendall 0 R J S Beer & M J Hawkins 2 up 1
4. R A Kitchin & T C B Williams 0 C Macpherson & P Bristow 4/3 1
5. A P Steele-Perkins & J P Irving 0 P A Kitchin & M P O’Mahoney 3/1 1
6. P J Macintosh & J R E Irving 0 D I R Wallace & P Vicary 2/1 1
Total morning 2     4
1. J O Bendall & T C B Williams 4/3 1 G J A Laycock & C M Norris 0
2. N D A Aubin & W Eglington 0 T L Bigge & G H Aitken 2/1 1
3. M J Rowland & A P Steele-Perkins ½ R J S Beer & P Bristow ½
R A Kitchin & J R E Irving 5/4 1 C Macpherson & P A Kitchin 0
M T B Pope & P J Macintosh ½ M P O’Mahoney & P Vicary ½
T J Rowland & J P Irving 0 D I R Wallace & M J Hawkins 3/2 1
Total afternoon 3     3
Result lost 5-7 5     7

 

Grafton Morrish Qualifying

Grafton Morrish Qualifying at North Hants on May 11th 2014: Qualified 3rd.

J B D Pralle & C R Martin (24 points); S Gillett & P J L Martin (28); N D A Aubin & J R E Irving (25)

 

v Littlehampton Seniors at Littlehampton on May 13th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. D C Watney & L J Smithers * 0 M B King & N J Hoal 5/3 1
2. D J Dinkeldein & N H Smith * 0 C T Stabler & C B Skilton 2 up 1
3. P B Farmer & J N W May 2/1 1 D C Osborne & G N Norris 0
4. R J Pettit & W T R Thackwell 2 up 1 P C Macgovern & R W Smith 0
Result halved 2     2

 

v Sherborne GC at Sherborne on May 17th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. R W Parsons & T J Rowland 0 J House & C L Broomfield 1 up 1
2. P S Whitfield & P M Wilson 0 V Lissenberg & R C Lawson 6/4 1
3. G P Champ & R G I Wilson 0 A L Bird & P B Gamble 2/2 1
4. M R Chantrey & E C J Sweet 5/4 1 D A Scott 0
5. A A Mackay-James 0 T M Pettifer 3/2 1
Result lost 1-4 1     4

 

Summer meeting at Sherborne on May 18th 2014

 H’cap Gross Net  Points H’cap Gross
N D A Aubin 6 87 81 27 E C J Sweet 20 97 77 37
M R Chantrey 14 - - 33 E T Thring 27 - - 19
R D Draper 21 - - 26 P S Whitfield 17 - - 28
J R Fielder 18 91 73 35 T C B Williams 8 85 77 31
R J Fisher 14 - - 30 P M Wilson 23 - - 24
J R E Irving 5 74 69 39
P J Macintosh 16 - - 26 School
T J Rowland 13 89 76 32 S P W Reed 15 92 77 32
R N T Short 18 - - 31 H J Williams 12 80 68 40

 

Turner & Foot Challenge Putter (Scratch medal) First – J R E Irving 74 Second -T C B Williams 85
Page Challenge Cup (Handicap medal) First – J R Fielder 73 Second – T J Rowland 76
Stableford Competition (Handicap stableford) First – M R Chantrey 33 Second – R N T Short 31
Harry Croly Cup (under 27 handicap stableford) Not awarded
Jeremy Summerscale – School stableford First – H J Williams 40 Second – S P W Reed 32

 

v Tonbridge at The Berkshire on May 18th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. H F Gill & M J Patterson 0 M G Young & J E Baird 3/1 1
2. J O Bendall & L J Hinch 4/3 1 J I H Mackintosh & P E Morris 0
3. J D V Wheatley & J P Irving 3/1 1 F I Sumner & T P Mertens 0
Total morning 2     1
1. L J Hinch & G O Curtis 0 R A C Berkeley & J I H Mackintosh 2/1 1
2. J D V Wheatley & N I Gavin-Brown 4/3 1 F I Sumner & P E Morris 0
3. H F Gill & J O Bendall 2/1 1 T P Mertens & J E Baird 0
Total afternoon 2     1
Result won 4-2 4     2
As Tonbridge only had six players; Curtis and Gavin-Brown played a single in the morning; Irving and Patterson played a single in the afternoon; with neither counting in the overall match result.

 

v Lancing at Littlehampton on May 27th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. J R E Irving & A R C Lane 0 D Parvin & C D Mackenrick 2/1 1
2. M J Patterson & M T B Pope 0 N M Mutirjee & O D Harris 4/3 1
3. D C Watney & M P B Falconer 2/1 1 D J L Godfray & M F Rogerson 0
4. R N Cullen & J P Irving ½ N G T Lloyd & N H S Evans ½
Total morning    
1. M P B Falconer 0 N M Mutirjee & O D Harris 1 up 1
2. M J Patterson & J R E Irving ½ D J L Godfray & M F Rogerson ½
3. D C Watney & R N Cullen 5/4 1 N G T Lloyd & N H S Evans 0
4. J P Irving & M T B Pope 6/5 1 D Parvin & C D Mackenrick 0
Total afternoon      
Result half   4     4

 

v Woodbridge G C at Woodbridge on June 6th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. H F Gill & A R Gale 0 R K Graves & R A Youngman 4/3 1
2. H S Gill & L J Hinch 2/1 1 D J Leech & D J Griggs 0
3. M E Prager & T G Gordon ½ J W Whately-Smith &M Graves ½
4. G O Curtis & J P Webster 0 W A Catchpole & Sir Robert Hutchison 2/1 1
Result lost 1½-2½    

 

 

v Aldeburgh G C at Aldeburgh on June 7th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. G O Curtis & T G Gordon 1 up 1 T S Rowan-Robinson & R J Wharton 0
2. R W Parsons & M E Prager 6/5 1 D K Wybar & S G L Prior 0
3. H F Gill & S Buchanan 0 P D Over & C E Clarke 2/1 1
4.H S Gill & J O Hill 0 J M Scowsill & H R Lightfoot 4/3 1
5. J P Irving & A R Gale 5/4 1 G S Ogilvie & P J R Watson 0
6. A A Mackay-James & E C J Sweet 1 up 1 J W Whately-Smith & H G Twort 0
7. N K Cook & A E Beattie 0 R G M Nicholson & J P Webster 4/3 1
8. H J Butt & L J Hinch 2/1 1 W M Beckett & P G Webster 0
9. G P Champ & R G I Wilson 0 J C E Lightfoot & J M Latham 1 up 1
Total morning 5     4
1. A R Gale & H S Gill ½ T S Rowan-Robinson ½
2. G O Curtis & L J Hinch 3/2 1 J M Scowsill & G S Ogilvie 0
3. H F Gill & R W Parsons 3/2 1 A H Clarke & R J Wharton 0
4. T G Gordon & S Buchanan 2/1 1 D K Wybar & J P Webster 0
5. M E Prager & J P Irving 0 C E Clarke & H R Lightfoot 2/1 1
6. E C J Sweet & J O Hill 4/2 1 P E Kirton & J C E Lightfoot 0
7. N K Cook & G P Champ 0 W M Beckett & S G L Prior 5/4 1
8. A A Mackay-James & A E Beattie 0 J M Latham & P G Webster 4/3 1
9. R G I Wilson & H J Butt 0 C H C Twort & P D Over 4/2 1
Total afternoon    
Result won 9½-8½    

 

Alba Trophy

at Woking on June 7th 2014 – S Gillett & J R E Irving 80 + 71 – 3rd in scratch and 1st in handicap

Meeting at The Berkshire on June 17th 2014

Harris Hempson Shaw12+ Shaw12+ Storrs 50+ Shaw & S Williams36 holes
H’cap Scr H’cap Scr H’cap H’cap F’somes
J S R Arbuthnot 12 - 17 - 17 17 26 43
S F Brown 11 - 19 - 19 19 29 48
J N Chantrey 9 - 35 - - - 35 70
T J Couzens 2 79 30 - - - - -
R N Cullen 17 - 23 - 23 23 34 57
D J Dinkeldein 12 24 - 24 24 27 51
M P B Falconer 9 85 31 - - 31 34 65
R A R Francis 2 82 27 - - 27 32 59
S Gillett 2 75 34 - - - 34 68
J J V Godfrey 8 79 37 - - - 29 66
L J Hinch 15 - 32 - 32 - 29 61
J P Irving 18 - 16 - 16 16 32 48
J R E Irving 5 86 27 - - - 26 53
P J Macintosh 17 - 32 - 32 32 27 59
A A Mackay-James 18 - 19 - 19 - 35 54
C R Martin 5 81 31 - - - 36 67
R T Mather 12 90 29 90 29 - 35 64
M E Prager 13 89 33 89 33 33 29 62
W J Shaw 12 94 26 94 26 - 36 62
R N T Short 18 105 21 105 21 21 35 56
E C J Sweet 22 - 29 - 29 - 35 64
G J Webb-Wilson 11 89 29 - - 29 34 63
I T Webb-Wilson 14 90 31 90 31 31 38 69
O Webster-Smith 13 - 27 - 27 27 35 62
D J Youngman 6 79 33 - - 33 38 71

 

Harris Challenge Vase(Scratch medal) First – S Gillett 75 Second – T J Couzens 79
Hempson Challenge Cup(Handicap stableford) First – J J V Godfrey 37 Second – J N Chantrey 35
P E M Shaw Cup(12 and over scratch medal) First – M E Prager 89 Second – I T Webb-Wilson 90
P E M Shaw Cup(12 and over handicap stableford) First – P J Macintosh 32 Second – L J Hinch 32
Storrs Challenge Salver(Veterans) First – M E Prager 33 Second – D J Youngman 33
Parry Inter-House Challenge Bowl First Harper House
Shaw and Stables Challenge Cup(Stableford foursomes) First – D J Youngman & I T Webb-Wilson 38 Second – W J Shaw & C R Martin 36
Howell Williams Salver(Combined rounds) First – D J Youngman 71 Second – J N Chantrey 70

 

 

 

v Rye GC at Rye on June 21st 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. D J Youngman & J N W May 2/1 1 A P J Highwood & P A B Hukins 0
2. E C J Sweet 0 S H Clark 5/4 1
3. J S R Arbuthnot & W T R Thackwell 0 M D Pryke & C E Pickerill 2/1 1
4. R D Sanderson & W T M Pope 0 D T S Bolton & S W G Pettigrew 2/1 1
Total morning 1     3
1. D J Youngman 3/2 1 S W G Pettigrew 0
2. J S R Arbuthnot & E C J Sweet 0 S H Clark & A P J Highwood 2/1 1
3. W T R Thackwell & R D Sanderson ½ M D Pryke & C E Pickerill ½
4. W T M Pope & J N W May 0 T P Fagg & S J Gale 2/1 1
Total afternoon    
Result lost 2½-5½    

 

v Woking G C at Woking on July 1st 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. J G B Fish & R D Sanderson 0 G W S Daly 2/1 1
2. S Gillett & M G L Jerrom 2/1 1 I J Holmes & S P Booth-Mason 0
3. D J Dinkeldein & R J Pettit 0 R A Henderson & J P Hargrove 1 up 1
4. M P B Falconer & D C Watney 3/2 1 P S Chantrey & J R Knight 0
5. J P Irving & W T R Thackwell 0 P J Russell-Jones & W A Cowpe 2/1 1
Result lost 2-3 2     3

 

G L Mellin Salver

                                                                         

v Aldenham July 11th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. R A R Francis & M W Farley 6/5 1 R D Hall & S C Lewis 0
2. N K Whalley & M P B Falconer ½ P J Easby & G Green ½
3. D J Youngman & M Cannon Brookes 4/3 1 I Wilson-Soppitt & J D L Yule 0
Result won 2½-½     ½

 

v Haileybury July 11th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. R A R Francis & M W Farley 0 P J Marciandi & J J Moore 1 up 1
2. N K Whalley & M G L Jerrom 0 S Smale & R M Young 1 up 1
3. D J Youngman & M Cannon Brookes ½ D J Skinner & J R G Titmas ½
Result lost ½ – 2½ ½    

Once again we were treated to a golf-course in excellent condition after the favourable weather in the spring and early summer but the severe rough and greens which are always sloping and fast presented a challenge to the players which our teams did not meet as well as we might have hoped. Some consolation could be found, however, in the hot and generally dry weather that we enjoyed.

In the first round of the Burles Salver (over 65s) against Aldenham, our team comprised Mike Falconer and Gavin Webb-Wilson, a seasoned pairing, and David Dinkeldein with Alan Gale, the latter making his first appearance in this event and acquitting himself well. Both pairs managed to play the wrong ball at one point, although, in the case of the second pair, there was some doubt at which hole this had occurred and even whether in retrospect we had played the wrong ball at all!  Rulings had to be sought and we did not come well out of this and, whether or not the final result was affected, the top pair did not reproduce their winning habits of the past and the second pair were dormie down but were conceded a halved match.

Mike Jerrom replaced Falconer (who had been struggling with a sore hip) in the afternoon Plate match against Haileybury.  After Haileybury had won the top game, Dinkeldein and Gale played well to win theirs. They were then selected to represent the team in a sudden-death play-off in which they succumbed.  So that was the end of our Burles involvement for this year.

Meanwhile, after a few years in which we had been unable to field a pair over 75 in the Millard Salver, Simon Brown had finally reached the requisite age to play with Peter Southcombe.  Needing to finish in the top four pairs of the Stableford in order to qualify for match-play semi-finals and final, they failed to do so entirely owing to deficiencies in the short-game wherein those tricky West Hill greens got the better of them.

The chances of the Mellin Salver team (over 55s) were unfortunately blighted by the last-minute withdrawal of Chris Nevill, as a result of which Falconer (still nursing his hip) for the morning round and Jerrom (also with a painful hip) for the afternoon nobly stepped in to partner Nigel Whalley in the second pair.  Rhys Francis and Michael Farley once again made up the top pair while the old faithful’s, Mark Cannon Brookes and John Youngman brought up the rear.  We defeated Aldenham in the first round, the top and third pairs both winning their games decisively while the middle pair were also winning theirs but conceded a half once the overall result had been determined.

So on to the second round, against Haileybury once more. We had the advantage most of the way with the first two pairs being ahead although the third pair had a bad spell and were three down at one point.  Sadly this position was reversed in the final stages and, although Cannon Brookes and Youngman recovered and were about to win their match on the eighteenth, the other pairs had been unable to hold on to their leads and both lost on the last hole.

So it was all over for another disappointing year.  However, we hope Nevill will be available next year and, after that, more reinforcements from Halford Hewitt players will start progressively to reach the age for the Mellin and we can confidently anticipate a resumption of past winning habits.

 

v Cheltenham at Hamptworth on July 26th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. M P B Falconer & R J Fisher 0 W R S Wise 3/2 1
2. T G Gordon & J N W May 2/1 1 E L Rowland & R M Morgan 0
3. W J Rydon & A P Steele-Perkins 0 S J Collyer-Bristow & H M Rees 3/2 1
4. R D Draper 0 G J Benke & H M Marx 3/2 1
Total morning 1     3
1. T G Gordon & W J Rydon 0 H M Rees & R M Morgan 8/7 1
2. J N W May & R J Fisher ½ G J Benke & E L Rowland ½
3. R D Draper & A P Steele-Perkins 2 up 1 S J Collyer-Bristow 0
Total afternoon    
Result lost 2½-4½    

 

 

v Malvern at Woking on August 9th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. A R Gale & R T Mather 0 D O H Rocke & C C Halliwell 2/1 1
2. I J Holmes & W T R Thackwell 3/2 1 C N Boyd & D R Christie-Miller 0
3. J O Hill & E C J Sweet 3/2 1 R A Barnes & B C Raymond 0
4. M J Patterson & T G P Mackay-James 1 up 1 S D Denham & J G Shearer 0
Total morning 3     1
1. M J Patterson & R T Mather 2/1 1 D O H Rocke & C N Boyd 0
2. A R Gale & E C J Sweet ½ R A Barnes & D R Christie-Miller ½
3. I J Holmes & J O Hill 1 up 1 C C Halliwell & J G Shearer 0
4. W T R Thackwell & T Mackay-James 5/3 1 S D Denham & B C Raymond 0
Total afternoon     ½
Result won 6½-1½

 

 

v West Sussex G C at Pulborough on September 6th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. D A Hobart 2/1 1 G O Curtis Jnr 0
2. R T Mather 0 P C Lahaise 2 up 1
3 M E Prager ½ J R Griston ½
4. H S Gill 0 S Leefe 3/2 1
5. J S R Arbuthnot 0 S R Chalmers 5/3 1
6. W J Rydon 0 R A Rydon 6/4 1
7. J R Fielder 0 C B Thornton 2 up 1
8. J O Hill 0 D L Lindsay 2/1 1
9. H F Gill 5/3 1 G O Curtis Snr 0
10.R N Cullen 0 N L Digings 3/1 1
11.J P Irving 8/7 1 D J L Godfray 0
Result lost 3½-7½    

 

v Downside at New Zealand on September 13th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. N I Gavin-Brown & R T Mather 1 up 1 M H Liddell & D E Ferrers 0
2. A E Beattie & E C J Sweet 0 J C P Stephens & S E Glover 2/1 1
3. T G P Mackay-James & J J Godfrey 0 G E Bruce-Smythe & M C R Thatcher 1 up 1
4. J N W May & J O Hill 4/3 1 A D Kennedy & D J Hennessey 0
5. R N T Short & J P Irving 1 up 1 S J Reeve-Tucker 0
Total morning 3     2
1. J J V Godfrey & J O Hill 2 up 1 D E Ferrers & A D Kennedy 0
2. E C J Sweet & J N W May 0 M H Liddell & G E Bruce-Smythe 2/1 1
3. R N T Short & T G P Mackay-James ½ J C P Stephens & S J Reeve-Tucker ½
4. J P Irving & R T Mather 3/2 1 M C R Thatcher & D J Hennessey 0
5. N I Gavin-Brown & A E Beattie 0 S E Glover 1 up 1
Total afternoon    
Result won 5½-4½    

 

v School and Staff at Sherborne on September 14th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. J P Irving & M J Cleaver 3/2 1 A R Duncan & S P W Reed 0
2. H S Gill & H C Cornell 0 W R H Caldwell & J M T Caldwell 4/3 1
3. H F Gill & D E Lane 0 P S Francis & A E R Davidson 1 up 1
4. J R E Irving & L J Hinch 1 up 1 M E Purchase & F D Purchase 0
5. A R Gale & P J Macintosh 1 up 1 A J Macintosh & L E S Watson 0
6. J A Brook-Fox & J O Bendall 4/2 1 J H Dible & P A Hobbs 0
Result won 4-2 4     2

 

 

Autumn meeting at Rye on September 20th 2014

Hcap am pm Total Under40s Over40s Over 55Veterans
J S R Arbuthnot 16 26 32 58 - 58 58
L da Costa 22 1 24 - - - -
A R Gale 13 19 36 55 - 55 55
N I Gavin-Brown 16 23 28 51 51 - -
J P Irving 18 31 24 - 55 55
J R E Irving 4 32 24 56 56 - -
A J Kerr 10 * 28 * * * -
C MacLaren 18 * 21 * * * -
R W Parsons 11 26 34 60 - 60 -
A J Rose 10 31 32 63 - 63 63
G A B Todd 14 26 24 50 50 - -
D C Watney 17 19 28 47 - 47 47
I T Webb-Wilson 14 * 36 * - * *
O Webster-Smith 13 32 21 53 - 53 53

 

 Captain’s Prize First A J Rose 63
Hugh Rowan Salver First R W Parsons 60
Greig Challenge Cup (over 40s) First A R Gale 55
Autumn Challenge Cup (under 40s) First J R E Irving 56
Manning Trophy First J P Irving 55
Veterans Salver First A J Rose 63
Morning round First – J R E Irving & O Webster-Smith 33 Second – J P Irving & A J Rose 31
Afternoon round First – A R Gale & I T Webb-Wilson 36 Second – R W Parsons 34

 

Grafton Morrish 2014

 

v Hymers at Hunstanton on October 3rd 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. R A R Francis & J R E Irving 0 R Youden & A Panesar 7/5 1
2. S Gillett & T J Couzens 2/1 1 J Clark & T Atkin
3. J B D Pralle & C R Martin 3/2 1 C Pyle & I Jones
Result won 2-1 2     1

 

v St John’s Leatherhead on October 3rd 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. R A R Francis & T J Couzens 6/5 1 G W Warren & P Richardson 0
2. J B D Pralle & C R Martin 2/1 1 O W Banks & J K M Wallace 0
3. S Gillett & J R E Irving 3/2 1 S D Hibbert & A R Wilder 0
Result won 3-0 3     0

 

v Haileybury on October 4th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. R A R Francis & T J Couzens 3/2 1 E L Songilia & S Rixson 0
2. J B D Pralle & C R Martin 2/1 1 S Havelock & S D Thomas 0
3. S Gillett & J R E Irving 0 A Duck & G Skinner 2/1 1
Result 2-1 2     1

 

v Shrewsbury on October 4th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1.  R A R Francis & T J Couzens ½ M N Ferguson & J Howes ½
2.  J B D Pralle & C R Martin 3/2 1 R A Roberts & A C Stewart 0
3.  S Gillett & J R E Irving 7/5 1 W R Painter & W A J Pollock 0
Result won 2½-½     ½

 

v Loughborough on October 5th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1.  R A R Francis &  T J Couzens 2/1 1 S A Hamilton & G R Griffiths 0
2.  S Gillett & J R E Irving 0 N J Preedy & J Pretty 2/1 1
3.  J B D Pralle & C R Martin 3/2 1 D P Saul & P Saul 0
Result won 2-1 2     1

 

v Clifton on October 5th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1.  R A R Francis &  T J Couzens 7/5 1 C P Carney & C A Spiller 0
2.  J B D Pralle & C R Martin ½ M E Lewis & J M W Mann ½
3.  S Gillett & J R E Irving w/o 1 0
Result won 2½-½     ½

 

After qualifying in May at North Hants where we finished second, we embarked on the trek to Norfolk in our usual confident manner with a strong team.  The loss of Robbie Busher to the professional ranks was the only negative to fielding our strongest side.

The draw was favourable, but the Grafton is notorious for delivering a shock or two in the early rounds with more and more schools having good, young golfers to strengthen their old boy’s sides.

The first round saw us drawn against Hymer’s, who we had played in 1982, and we were confident of our chances. They had two good, young players that strengthened their team. Our pairings were: Francis and Irving; Gillett and Couzens; Pralle and Clive Martin. The top pair struggled and the second pair managed to scrape a win on the 17th which was enough as the bottom pair played well for a good win.

Much debate took place at lunch as we hadn’t performed well in the top two pairs and it was decided to change to Francis with Couzens and Gillett with Irving. It is worth noting that this was something that historically we had shied away from, but the consensus was we needed to try and ensure the best possible chance of securing two points. This seemed to spur on the team and it was a pivotal moment in the campaign. The dynamic changed instantly and a renewed enthusiasm saw St John’s, Leatherhead dispatched 3 – 0. In the first round they had beaten Seaford who had won the qualifier at North Hants so we knew they were a good side.

A tough match against Haileybury saw us prevail 2-1, and then a more comfortable win against Shrewsbury in awful weather saw us head to dinner on Saturday evening with a semi-final place against Loughborough in the morning. They proved a tough team and all matches were close; Francis and Couzens winning on the 18th, Gillett and Irving losing on the 17th; and then Pralle and Martin winning on the 16th.

Then the fun started as Clifton managed to scrape through their semi with just two pairs after one of their team suffered back spasms in the night and was unable to play. We assumed that we would then only need two pairs for the final so Gillett and Irving stood down. Some debate ensued as to how the draw should be made, but the rules were clarified that as they only had two pairs then we only needed to put two pairs forward and the third match would be a point to us.  With 15 minutes before the final the Clifton captain declared he had to be on a flight from Heathrow that evening couldn’t therefore risk playing. This meant that Clifton started the final somewhat flustered to say the least but we didn’t mind. Francis and Couzens played sublime golf and were four up after four, which proved decisive as they strolled to a 7 and 6 victory. Knowing the progress of the top match, it was tough for Pralle and Martin to respond to a good early start from Clifton, and after playing so well for the first five rounds they struggled to maintain their excellent play.

This was a fantastic effort from the whole team and a just reward for the efforts from all those present, as well as those that have been part of this journey for many years.

It was a victory that was well received in the clubhouse afterwards and special thanks must go to the Society Captain, John Irving, who supported us through each round, so it was very special sharing the winning of the final with him.

 

v The School at Remedy Oak on October19th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. R A R Francis & E P Fricker 2 up 1 H J Williams & S P W Reed 0
2. E R S Kelly & J B D Pralle 0 W R H Caldwell & J M T Caldwell 3/2 1
3. Z Zakaria & J O Humphreys 5/3 1 F J R Burn & O M C Shale 0
4.G O Curtis & J R E Irving 7/6 1 J H Dible & D J Dinkeldein 0
Result won 3-1 3     1

 

v Radley at Woking on October 25th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. G H Prentice & H J Butt 1 up 1 G H S Grace & T H B Atkinson 0
2. S F Brown & T G Gordon 0 T M C Ashby & C C W Seigal 1 up 1
3. N I Gavin-Brown & E C J Sweet 0 P W Godden & R G Finlayson 1 up 1
4. R T Mather & J P Irving ½ M W Tufnell & E H E Sawbridge ½
Total morning    
1. G H Prentice & S F Brown 2/1 1 G H S Grace & T M C Ashby 0
2. H J Butt & E C J Sweet 0 T H B Atkinson & R G Finlayson 1 up 1
3. T G Gordon & R T Mather 2/1 1 P W Godden & M W Tufnell 0
4. N I Gavin-Brown & J P Irving 0 C C W Seigal & E H E Sawbridge 3/2 1
Total afternoon 2     2
Result lost 3½-4½    

 

v Aldenham at Ashridge on November 8th 2014

Score Points Score Points
1. J P Irving & J O Hill 0 R J Morris & H D G Cowtan 1 up 1
2. J R E Irving & M J Wright ½ S C Percy & D Vezey ½
3. S F Brown & H J Butt 1 up 1 N D Melvill & I  P Dowdeswell 0
4. N I Gavin-Brown & R W Parsons 0 J D L Yule & F C Simeons 3/2 1
5. E C J Sweet & R G I Wilson 3/2 1 I Wilson-Soppitt & S C Lewis 0
Total morning    
1. J P Irving & J R E Irving 5/4 1 I Dowdeswell & J D L Yule 0
2. M J Wright & J O Hill 1 up 1 N D Melvill & F C Simeons 0
3. S F Brown & R W Parsons 3/2 1 I Wilson-Soppitt & D Vezey 0
4. N I Gavin-Brown & R G I Wilson 0 R J Morris 5/3 1
5. E C J Sweet & H J Butt 0 H D G Cowtan 3/2 1
Total afternoon 3     2
Result won 5½-4½