Golf: 3-2 Win Over Old Whitgiftians

15th July was another great day at Royal Wimbledon, with the course, and especially the greens, in immaculate condition. Putting was especially difficult with slick greens and borrows difficult to read, but as always this is part of the pleasure of playing this course. Beautiful weather conditions and lovely late afternoon sun.

Overall result – we won 3 – 2, and retained the Chris Edge Trophy for the fifth year running. OWs have only won it once, in the inaugural year in 2009.

Individual matches went as follows:

Phil Wilkins and Ian Hay – Won 2 & 1 – comfortable winners against the opposing captain’s pair

Graham Morris and Peter Taylor – Lost 3 & 2 – difficult to compete against a pair containing a 13 handicapper playing close to par golf. Initially ahead after hole 6, but a collapse from hole 9 through to hole 13 saw us 4 down. A brief recovery on 14, but a half on holes 14, 15 and 16 saw the match drift away from us. We were under pressure throughout the round, but it was played in good spirit and with some quality golf.

Ralph Cake and Graham Cox – Won 3 & 2 – Ralph played a good steady game, ably supported by the secretary, to win comfortably

Chris Gems and Tony Damon – Lost by 1 hole – a close game, evenly contested until hole 16, when the KCS boys went one down, which they couldn’t recover.

Micky King and Howard Lickens – Won 4 & 3 – a comfortable win, with Micky King admitting that his golf is improving rapidly after his retirement as Old King’s Club chairman!

Report by Peter Taylor