Fitz Open 7 September 2018 

We returned to Gog Magog GC for the eighth annual Fitz Golf Open, playing the Old Course. 28 Fitzwilliam Alumni entered with several players travelling some distance to take part.

The day began with the traditional putting competition won by local member, Brian Smith with 16 putts over 9 holes.

The course’s green fairways provided a welcome change after the hot summer. Lush rough in places caused more than a few lost balls.  Play started in bright and breezy conditions but the wind rose during the course of the afternoon, making play more difficult resulting in generally low scores across the board. Points scored on the back nine were noticeably lower.

The outcome was very close indeed. The top 16 players were separated by only four stableford points. The top three all scored 33 points so it was necessary to revert to countback over the last nine holes to separate them. Narrowly beaten into third place was Alan Wood with Richard Newport in second place.

The very popular winner, with 15 points on the back nine, was our Captain, Mike Hamment who became the Fitzwilliam Champion Golfer for 2018.

 

Fourth place was taken by John Uwins, fifth by Graham May and sixth by Michael Hall. The top 6 players will be invited to represent Fitz in the Inter College Alumni tournament next April. 

The players moved to Fitzwilliam College for Dinner and presentations. The golfers were shocked to learn that draught bitter was no longer served in the College Bar but recovered sufficiently to enjoy an excellent Dinner in the Old SCR. Grace was said by the Reverend John Beer and the menu comprised herb-seared tuna, rack of lamb and Summer pudding.

After Dinner, prizes were awarded. Last year’s champion, Mike Sellers awarded the Croft-Baker Trophy to Mike Hamment to enthusiastic applause. The Secretary, Colin Dunkerley, then gave a Report on the Society’s recent activities and proposed future fixtures, concluding by proposing a toast to Fitzwilliam Golf Society.

Golfers retired to the bar to conclude the evening.

 Feature Hole Winners

Putting Competition - Brian Smith 

Nearest Pin 9th hole (Par 3) - Alan Wood

Nearest Pin in 3 16th hole (Par 4} “Ted Dexter hole” - Richard Newport

Nearest Pin 17th hole (Par 3) - Dick Elsden

Fitz Open 2018 - Scores

1 Mike Hamment 17 33

2 Richard Newport 15 33

3 Alan Wood 8 33

4 John Uwins 14 32

5 Graham May 24 31

6 Michael Hall 11 31

7 John Beer 24 30

8 Kevin Pickersgill 7 30

9 Pete Bennett 14 30

10 David Castell 24 30

11 Mike Sellers 21/19 29

12 Brian Smith 19 29

13 Ian Rosser 23 29

14 Dick Elsden 12 29

15 Stuart Lester 16 29

16 Fred Hartley 24 29

17 Russell Chapman 12 26

18 John Coombs 21 25

19 Steve Faull 18 24

20 David Williams 18 24

21 Matt Hignell 10 23

22 Bob Barltrop 24 22

Less than 22 points

Austin Jessop 24

Charlie Brown 22

Ian Cox 18

Colin Dunkerley 13

Brian Hodge 18

Andrew Williams 24