OWGS in the Halford Hewitt 2015

Halford Hewitt 2015

Round 1 : beat Glenalmond 4.5 – 0.5 in the first round at Deal

1 E.M. Coulman & T.S. Rowan-Robinson won 5&3
2 C.A. Consul & D.S. Varkey won 6&5
3 J.A.R. Keating & B.W.G. Twiney won 7&5
4 T.R.R. Lewis & R.A. Sanders halved
5 T.Q.G. Hawkings & N.E. Holt won 5&4

Our win against Glenalmond in the 1st round was Winchester’s most comprehensive victory since beating St. Paul’s in 1972. Play was suspended at the turn due to fog with Winchester holding commanding leads in three games, Jack Keating holing a series of telling putts on his debut on Thursday afternoon, and we quickly polished off the opposition early on Friday morning.

Round 2 : beat Shrewsbury 3 – 2 in the second round at Deal

1 T.Q.G. Hawkings & N.E. Holt won 2&1
2 D.C. Bonsall & E.M. Coulman lost 4&3
3 J.A.R. Keating & B.W.G. Twiney lost 5&4
4 T.R.R. Lewis & R.A. Sanders won 5&3
5 C.A. Consul & D.S. Varkey won 20th

We took on Shrewsbury, whom we had not beaten in two previous attempts, in the 2nd round and had a very exciting match. We had deliberately put our top pair, Claudio Consul & Dino Varkey, at 5 to play Shrewsbury’s best pair who tend to play at the bottom and it looked from the turn onwards as though this would be the deciding match. Lewis/Sanders were dominant from the start and Hawkings/Holt, having lost an early lead towards the end, pulled away to win 2&1 with a magnificent 3 at the 16th to go 1 up followed by a 3 putt by their opponents at the 17th. With the other three games all finishing at about the same time, our attention turned to match 5 – Dino holed two good putts at 12 & 13 to go 2 up but they lost 14 & 15; Shrewsbury lost a ball at 16 but birdied 17; 18 was halved in four, with both pairs getting down in two from the dip at the front right edge of the green, and the match (by now accompanied by a large crowd) moved into extra holes; Shrewsbury missed a short putt for a winning 3 at 19 before Claudio holed from about 15 feet for a 3 at 20 to win the match and put us through to the 3rd round for the first time since 2009.

Round 3 : lost to Rugby 1 – 4 in the third round at Deal

1 E.M. Coulman & T.S. Rowan-Robinson lost 4&3
2 C.A. Consul & D.S. Varkey lost 3&2
3 J.A.R. Keating & B.W.G. Twiney lost 4&3
4 T.R.R. Lewis & R.A. Sanders halved
5 T.Q.G. Hawkings & N.E. Holt halved

Our next opponent was Rugby whom we have played 11 times (more than any other school) but not since 1976 – Rugby have a good young team and proved to be too strong for us on a cold, windy morning although Tim Lewis (who impressed throughout on his debut) and Richard Sanders were 2 up after 14 when Rugby secured its third point and the remaining matches were declared to be halved. The only disappointment of the tournament was that Paddy Buckley, having flown in from New Zealand to partner Jack Keating, had a damaged back and was unable to play which led to our calling in Tim Rowan-Robinson (who has now played 81 matches, two more than Murray Lawrence and four fewer than Gerald Micklem) and David Bonsall to cover his absence. With young players emerging and several very good golfers already in the team, this is the strongest group of players that we have had for some time. Consul/Varkey are one of the top pairs in the tournament with a record of 7 wins from 8 matches and we are optimistic that this team will develop over the next few years and progress regularly to the final stages of the tournament

Some pictures below…

Pratice Round day - if only the weather was like this every year!

Pratice Round day – if only the weather was like this every year!

Tim Lewis & Ben Twiney - Practice Round

Tim Lewis & Ben Twiney – Practice Round

Tim Lewis playing his second to the 11th on the practice day. Tim made 7 birdies with his own ball on Wednesday.

Tim Lewis playing his second to the 12th on the practice day. Tim made 7 birdies with his own ball on Wednesday.

Royal St Georges' - Friday morning fog... an early warm-up session

Royal St George’s – Friday morning fog… an early warm-up session

OWGS have seen few scorecards like this in our time. A great result.

OWGS have seen few scorecards like this in our time. A great result.

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