Staff versus students Golf Match – Friday 9th May 2014

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A mixture of young and more experienced student golfers took on a depleted staff team over 9 holes at Park Hill Golf Club. For the first time in four years, the players enjoyed bright, sunny weather, although there was still a stiff breeze which made some of the holes play very long indeed. Despite losing two players on the day of the match the staff team were confident as their ranks were bolstered by the big hitting Jack Hancock (yr11) and the excellent putting of Tom Scarborough (Yr8). The format, stableford points based on full handicaps, had a few scratching their heads to work out the how many shots they would receive, but everyone got there in the end! There were certainly a few ‘bandits’ amongst the students, claiming unlikely handicaps and pleading enthusiastically that this was the first time they had played for a while! Mir and Declan, your handicaps will be cut before we go to Northern Ireland for the tour!

Mr Taylor and Mr Walker started proceedings against Alex Jarvis (Yr12) and Tom Binnie (Yr7), who was making his debut for the team. A close match was finally won on the 9th green, with the students prevailing by 16 points to 14. Next to ‘tee it up’ was Mr Reddin and Mr Gilchrist against the very experienced pairing of Mir Patel (Yr13) and Ben Trudgill (Yr13). The staff team got off to an excellent start and were 6 points clear after 5 holes. The ‘wheels came off’ the staff team’s wagon on the 6th hole, where Ben hit a wonderful mid-iron iron to within 6 feet of the hole, winning the prize for closest to the pin, and scoring excellent points with Mir, while the staff members struggled for points having played into the bunkers. This was a recurring theme over the last 3 holes. In the end the match was drawn with both teams scoring 24 points each and some excellent play from Mir on the 9th green. Mr Cook made his debut for the staff team partnering Jack Hancock (Yr11) who was ‘on loan’ for the evening. Some rather erratic tee shots and unfortunate lies in the rough, saw the staff team struggle against some slick play from Declan McAuley (Yr11) and George Santaney (Yr11) who ran out convincing winners , 38 points to 27 points.  Mrs Dorn partnered Tom Scarborough (Yr7) against Emily Dunne (Yr8) and Aimee Cleminson (Yr6). It was lovely to welcome Aimee into the Golf Society this year. She is a very keen player who is learning and improving all the time. Emily and Aimee both played well in a hard fought contest to win by 25 points to 21. I won the ‘longest drive’ title by virtue of the fact that I was the only player to keep my ball on the fairway with a well-hit 2 iron!

When all the scores were handed in and added up, the students had achieved a convincing victory by a significant margin – 103 points to 86. Having been pipped at the line by the staff for the last 2 years, this was a very good victory for the students – well done everyone. As the students celebrated with orange juice all round, the students were left to finish the sandwiches and lament upon what might have been!

Thank you to all the staff and students who gave up their Friday evening to play. It was a very enjoyable evening and everyone is looking forward to the next match on Thursday 22n May at Rothley Park Golf Club, where the staff will play against a parents’ and students’ team.