History of Fitzwilliam Golf Society
... and the birth of the One Size FitzHall Trophy
We lost the second match as well! But we had mustered 18 Fitz players who were keen for more. The society started to take off. The FitzHall match remains a core fixture but the fixtures grew. In 2011, we had our first Fitz Open in Cambridge won by Kevin Pickersgill followed by a Dinner in college. Our list of players grew and in 2012, a third fixture was added with a match against St John’s.
Fixtures added in subsequent years include a match against the Cambridge University Land Society and a Summer Tour. In 2013 we visited Norwich. In 2014, Mike Hamment took us to Oxford and then East Kent in 2015.
Society History was made in 2014 with our first hole in one, scored by Peter Bennett. Hitting to a raised green, Peter spent several minutes scouring the bushes around the green before eventually finding the ball in the hole! At the Cambridge Dinner, he was presented with a Porsche car as his prize – but in this case, a model version.
New players join us every year. Approximately 80 Fitz alumni have taken part in at least one match to date. Mike Hamment took over as Captain in 2014 and Henry Croft-Baker became the Society’s first President.
In his eight years as Captain, Mike Hamment consolidated the Society and our event schedule. He notably establishing Tours around the country often visiting unusual, “quirky “courses, staying in good value hotels with a Hamment Geography field trip thrown in when we were near places of interest.
During Mike’s captaincy, we introduced the principle of Match Organisers for different events, helping spread the administrative load. Other innovations included the Season Opener and Closer at good quality courses where an individual competition was played. Under Mike’s cheerful and energetic leadership, the society grew in numbers to its present levels.
At the end of 2022, Mike stood down as Captain and became our new President, although he continues to organise tours. Tributes to Mike can be see elsewhere on the “Thank You, Mike” page.
It was decided that Captains should henceforth serve for a single season. Our Captain for 2023 was one of our longest standing members, Brian Smith. He is succeeded by Stuart Lester, our 2024 Captain. The Society has grown to become far and away the largest Oxbridge College alumni golf society, with regular attendances of 16-20 members. The 2023 Fitz Open had a record attendance of 36 Fitz golfers.
Since its inception, the Society has been well served by our efficient Treasurer, Bob Barltrop and tireless Secretary, Colin Dunkerley.
The success of Fitzwilliam Golf Society is down to the enthusiasm of its members and dedication of the Committee but we owe a debt of gratitude to Michael Archer and our friends from the Old Auralians for prompting our formation.