The HMC National Finals will take place at Huntercombe GC on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd July 2021. Schools have been consulted about the best way to hold this event and a decision will be made by the beginning of the Summer Term.
Entry Forms for the 21/22 season will be sent out soon. We should be able to revert to the usual knock-out format in eight Regions. Any school which would like to join but has not received an entry form should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's hope that golf as normal will eventually be resumed.
After months of lockdown, Covid-19 restrictions and closed schools, it was such a delight to see a (socially-distanced) gathering of 51 young good golfers competing in the HMC Singles on the Blue Course of the Berkshire GC.
36 boys (average handicap 3.2) and a record 15 girls (average handicap 4.3) took part on a bright and breezy autumn afternoon. They followed all the necessary pandemic safety precautions such as not touching the flagstick, not raking bunkers, not exchanging scorecards etc but it was clear that many had worked hard on their games since golf was reintroduced in May.
The boys' event was won by Rocky Chapman from Reed's School with a fine 69. His score was made by three consecutive birdie 3's from the seventh to the ninth holes in amongst some very steady golf. Joint runners -up were Charlie Roper (Gordon's School) and last year's winner Riccardo Fantinelli (Reed's), both scoring 70. George Jackson from Framlingham was fourth with 71- although this is a gross competition, George's net score of 66 was the lowest of the day.
Lydia Cryer from Rossall School won the Girls' event with a fine 73. Evie Kircher (Gordons) took the runner-up spot with 75 and Chanel Fontaine-Geary (Stowe) came in third place.
The team events were decided by taking the best two scores from each school. Only Rossall and Gordon's had two girl players, with Gordon's just winning the team plate by one stroke. The boys' team prize clearly went to Reed's but the Ashbrook brothers from Ellesmere College took the runner-up plate with a total of 150 (74 + 76).
Many schools are not allowing external fixtures so it was excellent to have 21 schools enter the competition. Many players were brought by parents, who clearly enjoyed seeing their daughters and sons play in such a lovely setting. I'm very grateful to the golf coaches from all the schools who made such an effort to make arrangements to travel, keep their players safe and to help with ball-spotting and encouragement. Thank you to Keven Johnstone from Uppingham who did all the starting and to all the players who took part in such good spirit.
1 Rocky Chapman Reed's 69
2= Riccardo Fantinelli Reed's 70
2= Charlie Roper Gordon's 70
4 George Jackson Framlingham 71
5= Freddie Dortmans Wellington 73
5= Connor Owen Rossall 73
5= James Rew King's Taunton 73
5= Alex Marshall KES Bath 73
9= Max Faulkner Stowe 74
9= Jonjo Ashbrook Ellesmere 74
11= Thomas Hawke Reed's 75
11= James Brash Reed's 75
13= Leo Bonser Felsted 76
13= Charlie Ashbrook Ellesmere 76
15= Sam Strauss Wellington 78
15= Rob Muir Reed's 78
15= Tom Pace Rossall 78
18 Will Chesterman King's Taunton 80
19= Patrik Wall Bradfield 81
19= Thomas Creighton Bradfield 81
19= Freddie Taylor Cross Oratory 81
22 Oscar Lent Epsom 82
23= Yago Rio Aja Worth 83
23= Callum Pearce Framlingham 83
25= Alex Mair Repton 84
25= Jordan Thompson Winchester 84
27 Adam Reid Canford 86
28= Theo Anderson Gannon Sherborne 87
28= Sid Beadle Gordons 87
30 Liam Colohan Epsom 90
31 Tom Rotheroe Sherborne 91
32 Thomas Jackson Uppingham 94
33 Friedrich Orlopp Worth 97
34= Henry Woolhouse Wellington NR
34= Kiko Dar Bradfield NR
Matthew Hawke Reed's ret'd
1 Lydia Cryer Rossall 73
2 Evie Kircher Gordon's 75
3 Chanel Fontaine-Geary Stowe 77
4 Ella Hammond Baveystock Wellington 78
5 Lili Rose-Hunt Bromsgrove 79
6 Charlotte Brook Canford 80
7 Alex Phelps Gordon's 82
8= Lulu Leetham Uppingham 85
8= Lucy Moss Rossall 85
8= Alex Jakins Gordon's 85
11 Sarah Mardani Gordon's 86
12 Grace Ward Repton 88
13 Claudia Hastings Ellesmere 89
14= Sophie Mardani Gordon's 90
14= Poppy Beales Framlingham 90
1 Reeds 139
2 Ellesmere 150
3= Rossall 151
3= Wellington 151
5 King's Taunton 153
6 Framlingham 154
7 Gordon's 157
8 Bradfield 162
9 Epsom 172
10 Sherborne 178
11 Worth 180
1 Gordon's 157
2 Rossall 158
Photos of the event can be viewed below. Click on a photo and use the zoom on your device. Click on the arrow to see a slideshow.