Father and Son/Daughter Golf Match, Thursday 23rd May 2013

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Thirty-two golfers gathered under ominous skies at Rothley Park Golf Club to play in the 2nd annual Father and Son/Daughter Golf Match. This match had been originally planned as a staff versus parent and child match, but due to various commitments at school, the staff were unable to field enough players. The response from students and parents, however, was excellent, and a new format agreed. The following matches were played:

Mr Patel and Mir (Yr12) versus Mr Tuttey and Eric (Yr10)

Mr Hancock and Jack (Yr10) versus Mr Stephens and Tom (Yr10)

Mr Jarvis and Alex (Yr11) versus Mr Scarborough and Tom (Yr7)

Mr Dunne and Emily (Yr7) versus Mr Trudgill and Ben (Yr12)

Mr Patel and Mir (Yr12) versus Mr Tuttey and Eric (Yr10)

Mr Santaney and George (Yr10) versus Mr Heywood and Nick (Yr9)

Mr McAuley and Declan (Yr10) versus Mr Gilchrist (Director of Sport) and Cameron (Yr11)

Mrs Dorn (MFL Department) and Mr Walker (Resources Manager) versus Mr Reddin (Senior Deputy Head) and Mr Henshaw (Catering Department)

Damp conditions before the match, did not dampen the spirits of the players!

Despite the distinct threat of rain, spirits were high as golfers honed their putting skills on the putting green and parents and students introduced themselves to one another. It was lovely to see parents and students establishing new friendships, some meeting one another for the very first time. Mr Reddin marshalled the start, ensuring that everyone had calculated ¾ of their handicap for the stableford competition correctly! Eric Tuttey got the matches underway with a smashing drive down the middle of the first fairway, closely followed by his father. Mir Patel and his father also drove accurately setting a high standard for those to follow.

A brave Mr Scarborough showed nerves of steel on the first tee as he recovered from a ‘Mulligan’ to hit a wonderful drive. Tom Scarborough and Emily Dunne, both in Year 7, also held their nerve starting well with good tee shots. All the groups were away by 6.10pm and the rain had not yet arrived!

“On the Tee!” – Mr Tuttey prepares to drive at the 1st hole.

With 8 fourball matches out on the course in close order, progress was a little slow. Some of the par 4s at Rothley are relatively short and with a number of big hitters in the field, golfers were respectful of one another and thankfully there were not too many shouts of ‘FOUR’ to be heard! Excitement mounted at the short par 3 4th hole where a prize was on offer for the shot landing nearest to the pin. This is a shared green. Both the 4th and 13th flags can be found on this undulating monster. Mrs Dorn hit an enthusiastic tee shot which almost dropped in for a hole in one – unfortunately on the wrong hole, the 13th cup not the 4th! She made amends with a very nice putt which snaked its way all of 50 feet across the green and ended up 8 feet from the flag. Congratulations go to Ben Trudgill (Yr12) for a fantastic tee shot which landed within 5 feet of the cup. Although he missed his birdie putt, he made a very nice par and collected his prize at the end of the match.

There was much hilarity on the 5th tee as golfers waited patiently for another match to ‘play through’. When Mr McAuley finally drove his ball, so keen was he to avoid the out of bounds and a two shot penalty to the left, his ball squirted off to the right, skimming across the 5th and 13th fairways to disappear into the undergrowth! Mr McAuley shared his frustrations, but his accurate description was lost amongst the sniggers from Declan and Cameron! However, Mr McAuley had the last laugh as both boys proceeded to smash their drives out of bounds down the left – Declan twice!

Prizes were on offer again at the long par 4 6th hole, a par 5 for the ladies! Mr Patel took the title with a long, accurate drive which hugged the left hand-side of the fairway. Well done, Mr Patel.

As the matches meandered their way through the front 9 holes, the sun appeared fleetingly before the dark clouds rolled in again. We could see the rain falling across the valley, but fortunately it never quite reached us. Happy and dry, the matches concluded at the 9th hole leaving the golfers to wander back to the club house for a well-deserved drink and refreshments. Our sincere thanks to the staff at Rothley Park who made us feel very welcome and kept the clubhouse open beyond normal hours as we were late finishing.

The spoils of victory went to Mir Patel and his father who attained a very respectable combined points total of 37 over the 9 holes. Mir scored 21 of those points, which is very good golf indeed – well done, Mir!

Thank you to all the students, parents and staff who gave up their time to support this event. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and made some new friendships along the way. The next golf match for the students is the House Golf Competition on Wednesday 12th June, again hosted by Rothley Park Golf Club.

Mr Reddin, 25th May 2013

Long walk back! – Golfers make their way back to the clubhouse under dark skies