OPGS vs The College September 2017

Charlie Parry writes:

“The sun came out just as the College minibus arrived at The Berkshire for our annual match.  They arrived with a team of 8 consisting of pupils, staff and friends of the College.

Unfortunately for the golf team a recent victory in the Nat West rugby Cup meant the next round clashed with our golf match.
Still their 8 , swelled to 10 by 2 OP’s playing for their team meant we were 10 aside.

The first pairing of Charles Llewellyn and Nick Beattie were out driven on the tee by the young guns of Hamish McNaught and Ed Nash . Their experience kept them in the match but they were finally beaten 2-1.

The second pairing of Andy Campbell and Hugh Fraser managed to keep more balls in play than their playing partners Jamie Perring and George Naylor and recorded the OP’s first win.

The third pairing of Richard Guillaume and Andy Wells battled against Joe Lewis and James Hobby.    In the end the steadiness of Richard’s golf meant he scored well and the match was won by the OPs.

The fourth pairing of George Gale and Anthony Clifford fought a tough match against Neil Jeffers and David Mullins (son of Chris Mullins). The match ebbed and flowed before Neil produced some consistent and steady golf for their team to go 4 up.
Unfortunately there were not enough holes for the OP team to mount a comeback.

The fifth match had William Skinner and Tom Copinger-Symes  playing for the College against James Ellis and Christopher Reed.
It was dark and raining hard when they came in but James and Chris were still smiling so we took it they had won (see below).

The final result was 3-2 to the OP’s.  A good result and put us back on our winning ways after last year’s defeat.

Pip Smitham and Charlie Parry were also at the Berkshire playing the final of the Centenary Cup. A tight match which was decided on the 18th Green .  This year it was Parry who rode his luck but I’m sure it will not be long before Pip has his name on the cup too.

We are all very gratetful for the College putting out a team and for The Berkshire hosting another excellent afternoon of golf We will be back next year… date to be advised.”

 

Chris Reed adds:

“I only know the match I was involved in which was match five William Skinner & Tom Copinger-Symes (playing for the school) played James Ellis & myself. A net birdie and par at the the first two holes by CR put the old boys two up. They fought hard to keep it to that score over the next three holes but they lost three of the next three holes  to be one down at the 8th. James drove straight on the ninth and was on the green in three , which was conceded. At the turn, the match was all square on the tenth . Four excellent drives but the old boys held their nerve to win the hole. On the eleventh  Will was only one to hit the fairway and went onto win the hole. But a gross birdie by Chris on the 12th  put the old boys on top again which after half on the 13th. It  was all square again, on the 14th  as both old boys lost their balls with their drives. But the situation was reversed on the fifteenth as James was pin high with his second, which was good enough to win the hole  and go up up by 1 and after it was agreed to bypass the 16th due to fading life meant that by halving the the 17th meant the old boys were 1 up going up the last, on which I was able to get a net par was good enough to win the match two up. A good match.”

 

Richard Givan (away on a golf tour in France) writes:

“In what clearly was a high quality match, fit for an OP final, I am delighted to advise that appropriately the Centenary year’s Quaich was won by Charlie Parry. On a fine day with The Berkshire in excellent condition, from all accounts, the margin of victory was just 1 up the difference being that Charlie Parry, off 12, seemingly played slightly better than his handicap. Demonstrating how tight the match was, Charlie was 2 up after 16 only to lose the 17th to Pip, off 7. Nerves were held by Charlie to halve the 18th. Congratulations to both of them !!

A great way to end this year’s event which I hope was enjoyed by all and I look forward to your participation in the 4th year of the competition in 2018 – invitations will be circulated in December.