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HMC 18 hole strokeplay event at Delamere Forest Thursday 9th March 2023

We have a new 18 hole scratch event to be held at Delamere Forest GC on March 9th. 

Entry details can be found at  https://hmcgolf.golfgenius.com/pages/8740881037598421735

Entry fee: £40 

Do consider entering if you have any good players who would like to enter this qualifying 18 hole scratch competition on a superb golf course, designed by Herbert Fowler who also designed the two courses at The Berkshire where we play our October 18 hole event.

Contact me at wildbarry11@gmail.com if you have any queries

 

Barry Wild

19 Jan 2023

 

 



HMC Strokeplay Championship at The Berkshire 4th October 2022

75 players with an average handicap of 1.5, from 27 schools took part in the eighth HMC Strokeplay Championship , formerly known as the HMC Singles. We were very fortunate in being able to play on the lovely Red Course of The Berkshire Golf Club.

Every year, the standard of play and scoring improves but this year’s boys’ event was won with a staggering score of 64, eight under par. 15 year-old Kris Kim from Epsom College collected 8 birdies and no dropped shots in his amazing round which was capped off by holing from a bunker on the short 18th! His Epsom team-mate Oscar Lent was runner up with a fine 68, ensuring that Epsom won the Boys’ Team Salver. Reed’s School, current HMC Foursomes champions, were runners-up. There were ten scores which beat par and over half the field scored in the seventies. Spare a thought though for Theo Morris from Culford who reached the turn in 30 strokes (six under) but fell away to a 42 (six over) on the back nine. Most of us would be delighted with a level par 72 but Theo was shellshocked afterwards thinking about what might have been!

Twelve girls played in the event which was won by Millie Cottrell (Gordon’s) with 74 (+1) on a countback with runner-up Ellie Lichtenhein (Wellington). There were three scores of 75 from Harriet Lockley ( Millfield) and the two Peaford sisters, Emily and Annabel. The two sisters therefore won the Girls’ Team Salver for City of London Freemen’s with Millfield as runners-up.

The Mixed Team (boy & girl) prize was won by Wellington in a countback with City of London Freemen’s.

We were able for the first time to make this a handicap qualifying competition and I am very grateful to Freddie Edmunds of Wellington for providing the expertise for us to do this.

Full results can now be seen at  https://hmcstrokeplaychampionshipberk2022.golfgenius.com/pages/8741329233139233576

Huge thanks are due to The Berkshire which allows us to play at this excellent club, either on the equally good Red or Blue courses. The Red Course was in tip-top condition with deep heather waiting for balls that failed to stay on the verdant fairways. Thanks to the coaches who organised their players and kept play going around the course. The three starters, Ben MacDowell, David Mathews and Stuart Wells did a great job but the real stars of the day were the players who showed off their skills and were thoroughly appreciative of the enjoyable day they had.

Golf in schools is growing, both in quantity and quality, as this event shows. As you know, the number of HMC Strokeplay events is increasing; you can view upcoming events at www.hmcgolf.golfgenius.com 

Barry Wild

Freddie Edmunds

 

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The winning card!

HMC Foursomes Finals at Little Aston, 27th and 28th June 2022

After three years, the HMC Foursomes National Finals were able to return to the usual matchplay format between the eight schools which had won through their regional qualifying rounds.

 

The eight schools were Bedford, Bromsgrove, Loretto, Millfield, Reed’s Stowe, Tonbridge and Wellington. The average handicap of the 48 players was 1.0 which represents a step change from 2019 at Rye where the average was 4.4, which had been fairly consistent for ten years. Whether this change is due to the change in the WHS handicap scheme or an actual improvement in the standard of golf now being played in schools is difficult to discern. In those ten years, the number of schools which run elite golf programmes has increased steadily.

 

The 2022 Finals were played at Little Aston which provided an ideal venue in every way. The course is one of the best inland courses in the country, laid out by Harry Vardon and fiendishly bunkered by Harry Colt. The course was in wonderful condition – fast true greens, lovely turf and splendid surroundings. Although many of the players could hit the ball prodigious distances they soon learned that position and course management were essential, along with a good short game.

 

The teams were placed in two Groups of four, organised to be of equal standard. Each school played the other three within their group; the overall winner of each group would then contest the Final with the winner of the other group. The players clearly enjoyed the foursomes format where every shot matters and the matchplay element takes away the grind of having to make a score. There were many boy/girl pairings which worked well.

 

In Group A, a talented Loretto team managed to win all three games although Millfield gave them a close run on Tuesday morning. The three Wellington pairs also took Loretto to the 16th or 17th greens. Bromsgrove didn’t manage to win a match but their three boy/girl  pairs did take a good proportion of matches to the 17th – they were certainly a competitive team in a high standard event.

 

In Group B Reed’s School ominously won all three matches 3-0. Bedford, strong on paper, were disappointed not to challenge Reed’s more but a few missed putts here and there made all the difference. Stowe also managed, against the odds, to beat Bedford and ended up with two wins out of three. Stowe won the first HMC Finals in 1981 but have only made  a couple of appearances in the finals since – a welcome return! Tonbridge were missing two of their Upper Sixth players and were not at full strength; they were not fazed by playing against much more experienced players and felt they learned a lot.

 

The final between Loretto and Reed’s was a high quality match with fine striking and very good scoring. With so many good players in both teams it seems invidious to pick out two individuals but the Reed’s pairing of Riccardo Fantinelli and Rocky Chapman is one of the best ever to grace the HMC Foursomes Finals. As 14 year olds they were instrumental in winning the 2018 HMC Foursomes at Luffenham Heath for Whitgift, before they moved to Reed’s. Riccardo was runner-up in the 2021 British Boys Championship after losing a sudden-death playoff. Last year the pairing won the Best Pair Trophy at Huntercombe in the HMC Foursomes which, due to the pandemic, had to be played as a 36 hole stroke play competition. In this year’s final they came the 17th hole 1 up against the Loretto top pair of Archie Wyatt and Max Halflonts. Loretto were in control of match two and Reed’s had already won match three. All depended on this top match. The 17th at Little Aston is a classic risk-reward hole, 388 yards downhill, downwind with the green protected by a lake covering 7/8 of the front. Loretto sensibly hit an iron down the middle – Rocky steps up with a driver and hits a towering drive down the right which finds its way on to the green over 350 yards away! – a sensational shot in any circumstances. Loretto are forced to take on the very tight pin and inevitably find the water, effectively losing the match. Reed’s were very worthy winners, eight years after their last HMC Foursomes victory in 2014.

 

The other six schools played the usual 9 hole stableford for the Tankard; Bedford and Wellington were tied on 41 points but a countback gave the trophy to Bedford. The Best Pair Trophy went to Jack Peters and Freddie Tucker from Bedford with 17 points.

 

All the matches during the two days were played in very good spirit and there was a happy atmosphere throughout. Foursomes matchplay is a wonderful format for nail-biting competition played in a friendly and sociable setting. Thanks are due to the school coaches who kept play running smoothly, helped with starting and coped brilliantly with all the logistics needed to take part in an event such as this.

 

We are hugely grateful to Little Aston for allowing us to play on their lovely course which has been the venue for many prestigious championships. The staff were unfailingly welcoming, helpful and interested in all the competitors and coaches. We are particularly grateful to the Club Manager, Iain Burns, who also presented the prizes and Mitchell Green who dealt with all the nitty-gritty details. Spending two days at the club left us all very impressed with the attention to detail that the club achieves – the greens, fairways, tees, bunkers and surrounds on the course, the practice ground and the beautiful unique putting green that provided so much entertainment after the matches, along with the comfortable clubhouse facilities and excellent catering.

 

Next year we return to Luffenham Heath for the National Finals to be held on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd July 2023.

 

Winners: Reed’s School . Team: Riccardo Fantinelli, Rocky Chapman, Matthew Hawke, Thomas Hawke, James Brash, Skye Slijepcevic.  Coach: Jimmy Wallis

 

Runners-up: Loretto School. Team: Archie Wyatt, Max Halflonts, Calum Dawson, Cameron Mukherjee, James Tipling, Pedro Galegas Marsal . Coach: Rick Valentine

 

Tankard: Bedford School  Team: Archie Mathers, Fin Rennie, Jack Peters, Freddie Tucker, Alex Robins, Ed Wade.  Coach: Keith Thomson

 

Barry Wild

HMCFG Organiser

 

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a superb practice green!the 17th greentournament HQRunners up - LorettoWinners - Reed's Schoolmemento of the event given to each competitor and coach

HMC Finals 2022 and HMC Singles 2022

Congratulations to the eight schools who have reached this year's National Finals  at Little Aston on 27th and 28th June - you can see the winners of each Region by clicking the Regions to the left.

This will be the first 'normal' HMC Finals since 2019 - 2020 was cancelled due to Covid and the 2021 Finals were held as a 36-hole team stableford at Huntercombe. This year we revert to the matchplay round-robin format.

The HMC Singles will be held on the Red Course of The Berkshire on Tuesday 4th October. I will send Entry Forms to all HMC Foursomes-participating schools on the 1st September 2022.

 

Barry Wild

HMCFG Organiser



Entries for HMC Foursomes 22/23 Season

Entry Forms for the 2022/23 season have been sent to all current participating schools. If your school has not received a form or your school wishes to join the HMC Foursomes competition, please send an email to wildbarry11@gmail.com .

Entries close on March 31st 2022

 

Barry Wild

HMCFG Organiser



Regions