The Captain’s Scratch Foursomes (a.k.a “The Baldrick”)

Location : Royal St. George’s Golf Club




The weather was set fair; early Spring sunshine cooled with mild sea breezes. The course in wonderful pre-Open condition (rough duly cut down to order as well). The combination afforded few excuses to the eight playing in the now regular pre-Hewitt practice.

The quality of overall play, however, could be described as patchy. There was enough there to provide encouragement for two weeks’ time but plenty to show that nobody in the team should worry about their form peaking too early. The obvious non-highlight was Nick Holt following up a dunched chip on the last with a (“this is how I should have done it”) shank out of bounds.

Ben Twiney and Nick Holt overcame Tom Hawkings and Chris Fell in the final. Ben and Nick also won the trophy together in 2009 but had been unable to defend in 2010, with Ben absent earning a Blue at Royal Porthcawl. Tom Hawkings lost his first ever match in the competition, a remarkeable feat. Previous winning partners have included Tim Rowan-Robinson, Dino Varkey, George Close-Brooks (and I am sure many more).

On better news, the coaster absent throughout 2009 and 2010 has been returned by use of FedEx from Dubai (previous holder Dino Varkey). This is balanced by George Close-Brooks placing the matching pair in Big Yellow Storage. Upshot, we still only have one trophy in the hands of the winners (Twiney has it by the way!).

Semi Finals
George Close-Brooks & Christian Portz v. Tom Hawkings & Chris Fell 5/4
Nick Holt & Ben Twiney 4/3 v. David Bonsall & James Whittington
3rd/4th Place Playoff
George Close-Brooks & Christian Portz v. David Bonsall & James Whittington 3/2
Nick Holt & Ben Twiney 3/2 v. Tom Hawkings & Chris Fell 1

Final Results

1st. Nick Holt & Ben Twiney

2nd. Tom Hawkings & Chris Fell

3rd. David Bonsall & James Whittington

4th. George Close-Brooks & Christian Portz

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