Captains Weekend – Royal St Georges March 12th/13th 2016
A fantastic turn out for the weekend at Sandwich, where competition was hard fought for the remaining Hewitt places, was greeted by thick fog at allotted tee time of 8:30 am. However, excellent organisation from the secretary and caddie master saw a shotgun start at 9:15 from the 6th/7th and 8th.
The captain had some re-jigging of pairings to do over breakfast, as unfortunately the boys from school were unable to get down, however a vague North vs. South match remained intact.
The northern team boosted by the three newcomers Jack Keating , currently at Aberdeen, Alex Cheung (Edinburgh) and Jamie Joshua (Durham) were led out by Nick Holt and Jack Keating. From all accounts a very hard fought battle ensued against Tim Lewis and George Close-Brooks, with Keating’s short game notable in securing a half.
The captain partnered with Jamie Joshua overcame the experience of Richard Sanders and Charlie Hewetson with some sound putting and solid short game from Joshua in particular, whilst in match 3 Ben Twiney and Alex Cheung blew away Guy Winkworth and David Hough 6/5 with too much power.
More experience of HH and Sandwich would be hard to find in match 4, but that counted for nothing as Tim Rowan-Robinson and Chris Fell were similarly overcome by some powerful hitting and solid putting from James Whittington and Tristan Hanson, who had hot footed it back from 3 months jet setting in the southern hemisphere.
So lunch was enjoyed by all, as ever at Sandwich, with a point in it. The afternoon was more decisive for the North, with only the captain and Rowan-Robinson (nearly as much experience as Fell and R-R) failing to bring a point in against a rejuvenated Hough, for whom lunch appeared to have worked wonders, and Hanson holing out well.
At the top of the order the youth of Keating and Cheung gained a memorable scalp of Sanders and Lewis by 3/2, both impressing with both long and short game. Further points for the youth were secured by Joshua, this time with Holt running out 2/1 winners over Whittington and Close-Brooks, and final point being brought home by Twiney and Fell against the pointless Winkworth and Hewetson.
The Captains salvers were won, by virtue of age, by Twiney and Hanson, who along with Keating, Joshua and Cheung won all points available. The quality of golf generally was high, and it was great to see the younger members of OWGS contributing both on and off the course.
Off the course entertainment was provided by Jamie Joshua revealing at Saturday dinner that he goes nowhere without his darts, something more of OWGS should consider. The Fleur De Lys provided the venue, complete with bar billiards and dart board, completing an enjoyable and competitive day.
Sunday saw 9 OWGS plus Henry RR back on the course, no fog, bright sunshine and missing clubs (Cheung’s having walked overnight) greeted us. All was well with clubs being retrieved during the morning, and did not stop Cheung winning a high quality match at 17th with Close-Brooks. Having left the youth in Close-Brooks’ capable hands Fell and Hanson took on the captain and Tim Lewis, as yet pointless over the trials! Driven on by birdie at 4 into the wind, Lewis came good with some great iron and wedge play, allowing the captain to hole a few putts to secure a handsome victory.
Thanks to all who came down and contributed to a thoroughly enjoyable weekend, and having seen the quality of play we should be able to look forward to some better years in the Hewitt, starting with 2016 all being well.
Captain OWGS 2016/17