The Grafton Morrish
The name Grafton Morrish is derived from the name of the major trophy of the Public Schools Old Boys Golf Association (PSOBGA). There are two other trophies played for each year, these being the Solihull Salver – the trophy of the Plate competition – and the Committee Bowl – the trophy for an extension of the Plate competition. The Association is open to the golfing sections of Societies of Old Boys or Old Girls of schools the headmaster of which attends the Headmasters’ Conference and other schools which are sponsored by six members.
The competitions are amateur scratch foursomes competitions for three pairs of former pupils of the school. There is a qualifying round in May or June, on one of seven courses that reduces the number of entrants, usually between 105 and 115 – to the 48 that take part in the knock-out Finals in September or October each year at the Hunstanton G.C. in Hunstanton and the Royal West Norfolk G.C. in Brancaster.
Finals weekend starts with a practice day on Thursday. The Grafton Morrish Trophy knock-out is played from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon. The Solihull Salver, for three foursomes pairs on Saturday (Stableford scoring), is for first and second round Trophy losers and the Committee Bowl, for four teams from the Solihull Salver, is on a knock-out basis on Sunday.
Tides at Royal West Norfolk G.C. dictate which weekend Finals are played, a high tide makes the clubhouse inaccessible, but it is always either late in September or early in October.