WinColl Golf in 2013
January 2014, the Captain of the School reports on progress through calender year 2013:
This year has been an eventful one for golf at Winchester College which has certainly seen highs and lows throughout. Early in spring the boys, having been narrowly knocked out in the first round by Eton 1.5-3.5, retained their position as champions of the plate at the Micklem Trophy. Excellent wins against Rugby and Harrow again highlighting the potential in the group.
The Shire Trophy was the competitive focus for a quiet summer term and we enjoyed mixed fortunes there. Off the back of an excellent performance in the Delhi Cup at Hockley GC (gross 74), Jack Keating was optimistic of more success and Jamie Joshua was also in good form. Unfortunately the tough Seve Ballesteros-designed course got the better of them in tricky conditions. However Alex Cheung did produce a strong round, finishing just outside the prizes, 4th placed in the Nett Trophy.
Cloister time culminated in a ferociously contested House competition. Despite some battling performances by the teams from Hopper’s, Toye’s and Chawker’s, it was Cook’s who came out on top in the team competition for a 2nd successive year. Jack Keating (Cook’s) produced a gross 75 to secure the individual title, with Jamie Joshua (Hopper’s) picking up the best nett score.
After the summer break the new academic year started in a promising fashion with a number of fixtures against strong opposition. We welcomed our new golf bursary candidate, Sergej Stojiljkovic to the team and bid a fond farewell to Shaun Macey as MIC. Progress was made nicely through the first round of the HMC Foursomes against Eastbourne College and we prepared well for the ISGA knockout competition, in which we entered 2 teams this year. Unfortunately the A team narrowly lost to St. John’s Leatherhead 2-1 at Burhill GC in the first round. Disappointing in a game we should have won, but since consolation has been found in progressing through to the regional final of the plate competition. The B team on the other hand, waltzed through their first round match vs. Bedales and now Charterhouse awaits us in the next round.
Short-half leave out saw the inaugural European Championships take place in Spain. Four Wykehamists made the journey and performed quite brilliantly as Jack Keating expertly reports. Importantly, Jack, Jamie, Sergej and Alex represented the school to the highest standard throughout, on and off the course.
Sadly we all came back to earth with a bump the following week when we exited the HMC Foursomes at the hands of Brighton College. But even with that disappointment the boys have since knuckled down to some hard winter training and there is an air of optimism for the new year. All the squad have weekly access to the professional at Hockley Gary Stubbington, who is doing a great job of structuring the boys’ progress. All building towards what will hopefully prove to be a successful spring and a progressive year.