This was the first time that Hurstpierpoint had reached the Final since 2009. As to be expected, competition from Charterhouse, Marlborough, St Paul’s, Merchant Taylor’s, Westminster, King’s Taunton and KCS Wimbledon was tough. Special thanks go to “Colonel” Alex Taylor who stepped in at 24 hours notice, when Jeremy Waud and Dan Burstow had to withdraw from the team having been forced to isolate as victims of the Track and Trace app.
Our team of Chris Hobbs, Alex Taylor and Rob McCowen finished in 8th place but can take encouragement that this was in fact 8th out of the 32 schools in the competition.
St Paul’s were the winners with Marlborough as runners up. The last hour of putting was played in heavy rain but after a change of clothing and fortified by a curry supper and drinks in the clubhouse, it was nevertheless a very enjoyable evening to reflect upon.
Rob McCowen President and Putting Organiser.
Having had last year’s tour cancelled by Covid, this year’s event was put in jeopardy when the hotel booking was cancelled with no forewarning. Our intrepid organiser, Ian Pilcher, was able to find a very suitable alternative in Great Cressingham just a couple of miles from Swaffham. Sadly our man from across the Channel, Jim Fawcett, was forced to withdraw due to quarantine restrictions but 12 of us gathered in East Anglia.
For those that haven’t attended this fun packed 3 days, the event is determined by the aggregate scores over the 3 days.
Day 1 was held at Swaffham GC which seemed to suit your Secretary who managed to blag 41 points. Day 2 was held at the well known links at Hunstanton where Paul Ruddlesdin scored an excellent 42 points. Day 3 was held at Thetford where the leaders, Paul Ruddlesdin, Derick Fulcher, Tim Baldwin and Graham Negus set off with 3 points separating them. Derick kept his nerve with a steady 34 points to pip Graham Negus by a point overall. Day 3 was the hottest day of the year and we were blessed with good weather all week.
Our thanks go to Ian for organising the event with his customary efficiency and also the Olde Windmill Inn for looking after us.
We look forward to Ian’s collaboration with the good Doctor Angus Stewart who will be jointly arranging next year’s event. Watch this space for news of Norfolk 2022 (hopefully restriction free).
Graham Negus Hon Sec