Fitz retains the One Size FitzHall trophy in a close finish
The annual match against our Oxford sister College, St Edmund Hall, was held on 11 July at Harleyford Golf Club, near Marlow – a new venue for the Society. The Hall were our first fixture back in 2009, and we play for the One Size FitzHall trophy and a coveted red jacket.
Hall had 10 players, Fitz 11, so we played 4 four ball better balls, 1 singles and finally 2 Fitz men against 1 from Teddy Hall, the last match using Stableford scoring, so the Fitz score could be halved.
The weather was mostly cloudy, with a pleasant temperature and some wind -all ideal for golf. The course was very attractive, overlooking the valley of the Thames, quite undulating and the greens were large, with some big slopes and quite fast.
The result was a halved match, meaning Fitz retain the trophy and jacket. Everything came down to the final green of the last match, but the Teddy Hall man was sadly unable to sink his 5ft putt, so all three players finished on 29 points – a half. In the other matches, Colin Dunkerley, whose putter was red-hot, and Brian Smith won 7&6, Richard Baker and Stuart Lester came up against a pairing who played very well and lost 5&4, John Uwins and Nigel Smethers halved, Danny Gesua and Mike Hall lost 3&1, Bryan Pickup won the singles battle 2&1 and Mike Hamment and Graham May halved the final and decisive match.
There were special hole prizes for both sides. Both nearest the pin holes, the 6th and 12th, at over 150 metres – with wind against – defied all Fitz attempts to reach the green in one shot. The 12th is visually spectacular – see picture. Nearest the Pin in 2 on the par 4 14th was won by Stuart Lester and longest drive on 17th predictably by John Uwins.
After an excellent meal, a glass was raised by the assembled company to Pete Bennett, the usual Fitz Organiser for this match, whose wife Clare sadly passed away a few weeks before the match. The prizes and trophy presentation followed.
It was a great day, at a lovely venue and everyone left looking forward to battle resuming next year at a venue to be chosen by The Hall.
Brian Smith, Captain