Christ’s defeated at Hampton Court Palace GC - 9 August 2018
After forty days of drought, the heavens opened at Hampton Court Palace as Fitz took on Christ’s in in the annual match. Previously sun-baked fairways turned into softer mud pies on the inland links course, whilst the magnificent stags and noisy geese provided further slow-moving obstacles. Fitzwilliam’s dirty dozen managed to defeat their regular Christ’s rivals by 4.5 points to 1.5 in the afternoon fourball pairs.
A heavy roast lunch, after some had dried out after heavy rain in the morning scramble, did not deter the intrepid ‘wet weather geared’ golfers. Scoring was impressive as the rain quickly stopped, even if the directional skills of half the players left something to be desired. Bypassing the 14th and 15th holes temporarily due to ‘lack of signage’ was a poor excuse, particularly for Cambridge educated geographers!
Afternoon Match Results
Mike Hamment & Andrew Garden Won 1 up Tony Price & Mike Holley
Pete Bennett & Graham May Won 4 & 3 Chris Garden & Geoff De Metz
Matt Hignell & Robin Winckless Won 2 & 1 Mike Cullen & Ian Ogilvie
Brian Smith & Alan Wood Halved Alan Sprott & Bill Morgan
Ian Cox & Jon Prichard Lost 6 & 4 Mick McGuire & Ken Warwick
Stuart Lester & David Williams Won 3 & 2 Pail Main & Ian Johnson
Nearest Pin – 8th Mike Holley & Ian Cox (equal)
Longest Drive – 14th Stuart Lester
Nearest Pin in 2 - 16th Tony Price
Nearest Pin – 17th Ken Warwick (albeit playing the hole out of order!)
Morning Texas Scramble Winners: Pete Bennett, David Williams, Ian Ogilvie
Prizes for best Fitz pair went to Pete Bennett & Graham May, whilst Mick McGuire & Ken Warwick won the wine for Christ’s.
All 24 players enjoyed the match, and plans were made for next year’s chance at revenge for Christ’s, when surely a cup would intensify the rivalry. Any offers from donors or sponsors, e.g. rainwear or course guide makers!?