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

 Fitzwilliam                                                                                 Christ’s

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!?

Graham May

Match Organiser