First Round, Thursday 10th April 2014
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, Deal
Trent vs. Marlborough. Trent won 3 – 2
Trent vs. Wellingborough. Trent won 4 – 1
Trent vs. Oundle. Trent lost 1.5 – 3.5
John Bailey writes:-
The 2014 Halford Hewitt was a significant success for the OT Golf Society. The Halford Hewitt is the largest one-location golf event in the world, with over 640 players from 64 public schools competing during the week in a 10-man scratch team matchplay competition. By making the last 16 for the first time ever, Trent are now a very well-respected team, and considered a threat to any of the schools within this knockout competition.
The week started with a tough draw against Marlborough School. The team fought incredibly hard, with early wins for the Bailey/Swallow and Cox/Peplow pairings. At two matches a piece, and the light fading on the first play-off hole, a fine drive from Joe Tulley and a career 5-iron to 10 feet from Ian Birch wrapped up a fantastic first round success. The galleries watching were suitably impressed with our 3-2 win.
The second round against Wellingborough turned out to be a more straight-forward win. A 4-1 triumph with wins for Bailey/Swallow, Tulley/Birch, Cox/Peplow and O’Neill/Hinchley taking Trent into the unchartered territory of round three.
The third round paired us with Oundle, a team with many seasoned and experienced pairings. With all but one match making it down the 18th, and with Carter / Rolfe still battling the top pair on the 20th hole, the overall match came to an end in a gallant 3.5 – 1.5 loss. It could so easily have been reversed.
The week had been full of adrenaline and camaraderie, and was immensely enjoyable. Many stories had been shared about Trent’s struggles in the event over the years, memories of air shots and missed (very) short putts now a distant past, and recognising how far the team has now progressed full of excellent players.
The Hewitt is played at two courses regularly voted in the top 100 courses in the world (Royal St George’s) and top 10 in the UK (Royal Cinque Ports) in East Kent in early April. We would be keen to hear from any other low single figure handicappers interested in joining the squad..
John Bailey (2014 Captain, Trent 1984-1991)