Results – Halford Hewitt 2008

April 17, 2008

Chris Swallow, OTGS Captain        Report by  Chris Swallow   OT Captain

Nick Peplow    Robin Cox  Ian Birch    Ali Wakefield  Jon Carter    John BaileyGreg Roberts    Chris Swallow  Stuart Carlisle    Tom Rolfe

Trent arrived at Royal St Georges this year with the strongest squad of players ever to represent the school at the competition. All players were category 1 golfers and included Chris SwalIow, Ian Birch, Nick Peplow, Stuart Carlisle, Jon Carter, John Bailey, Ali Wakefield, Tom Rolfe, Rob Cox and two Rookies – Greg Roberts who left Trent in 2006 and Richard Lawless who left Trent in 1984.

The weather was as kind as it can ever be and we played for five days in the glorious sunshine with very little wind on the first three days. After two very competitive practice rounds the team to play Marlborough was confirmed.

Swallow and Roberts had a tight match for the front nine trading birdies on several holes, but eased away on the back nine playing to par to win 5 & 4.

Carter and Bailey had a bright start and were 2 up early on. Having visited some of the treacherous bunkers around the turn they struggled and lost 4 & 3.

Carlisle and Rolfe were never up in the match and despite picking up a hole on the 12th lost 4 & 3.

Then the game started to tighten considerably. Birch and Wakefield, our top pairing, had a tough start and were 5 down. They proceeded to birdie the 13th,14th and the extremely tough 15th ,a 460 yard par 4 into the wind. A 20 foot put won the 16th with a par and a par was enough on the tough 17th to bring the match back to all square. Peplow and Cox having gone out first pairing were 3 down at the turn, but recovered magnificently by winning the next 5 holes on the bounce. Having lost the next 2 holes their match and the game in total were too close to call.

However, a wide tee shot on the 18th meant that Peplow and Cox bogied the last and lost to a par. This prevented them and Birch and Wakefield going down the 19th having halved the last in par. A very close game, but a loss of 1.5 – 3.5 on the card.

After the disappointment of losing in the main competition Trent were given the daunting task of playing Charterhouse, a top five school, in the plate competition.

It became clear on inspecting the opposition’s team sheet that they were intent on making their mark by putting out a very strong side. Swallow and Roberts failed to live up to their previous days performance. However strong performances from Carlisle and Carter and Birch and Wakefield meant that Trent won the game 2-1.

This could be described as one of Trent’s best performances ever at the Hewitt and a big shock to Charterhouse.

The second round against a strong Ampleforth side was another very good game. Birch and Wakefield continued their incredibly impressive run of never being beaten as a pairing at the Hewitt and won 1 up. Carter and Roberts lost their game leaving the match in the balance with Carlisle and Rolfe who went down the 18th 1 down. Ampleforth missed the green and although we hit the green we were left with a long putt which was holed in regulation. Ampleforth managed a fine up and down to win the game and the match 2-1.

The squad took heart from some strong performances against good opposition and it is clear we can now give any team in the competition a test. It now remains to put a good run together.

Any single figure handicap golfers who are interested in joining the squad should call Chris Swallow on 07710 324 047 or email on


Results – Spring Meeting, Chevin, 6th April 2008

April 9, 2008

Archie McIntyre    Archie McIntyre

Winner of the Cochrane Cup


Despite a terrible weather forecast (blizzards) we had a good turnout and had a pretty clear sunny day, with one or two squalls. The standard of golf was very good, and we enjoyed a hearty meal afterwards in the clubhouse.

25 golfers attended on the day, a mixture of OT’s, Governers, Staff and Parents. The format was stableford played in teams with the best two to count on each hole and an individual event.

The winners were:-

Individual winner – Archie McIntyre – Awarded the Cochrane Cup – 37 points

Individual runners up- Ali Wakefield, Rob Bowen – 36 points

Individual 3rd place – Nick Peplow, Jon Carter – 34 points

Winning Team – Rob Bowen, John Smalley, Miles Raven – Team Trophy – 74 points

Team runners up – Chris Foulds, Terry Lethbridge, Archie McIntyre – 73 points

Chris Swallow leads strong team to Halford Hewitt contest

April 8, 2008

Chris Swallow, OT Golf Captain, is leading what many consider to be Trent’s strongest ever team in to this year’s event.

The team is, Chris Swallow, Jon Carter, Nick Peplow, Stuart Carlisle, Richard Lawless, John Bailey, Ian Birch, Tom Rolfe, Greg Roberts, Ali Wakefield and Rob Cox.

Chris and his the team have our best wishes for successs. They play in the opening match against Marlborough this Thursday 10th April at Royal St Georges, at 1pm.