The dates and venues of HMC Golf events in the next 12 months are below:
2021 HMC reorganised Finals: Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd July at Huntercombe GC
2021 HMC Singles: Tuesday 5th October at The Berkshire GC (Red Course)
2022 HMC Finals: Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th June at Little Aston GC
You may have seen the exciting Walker Cup match on TV recently at Seminole in Florida in which the GB/Ireland team lost narrowly 12-14 to the US.
One GB team member, Angus Flanagan, was captain of the Bradfield team which won the HMC Foursomes Finals in 2017 at Cotswold Hills GC - he is photographed below with his Bradfield teammates and next to Colin Burgess, their long-standing master i/c golf (Angus is in the pink shirt).
Angus has a golf scholarship at the University of Minnesota and has made great progress in the amateur ranks there.
In the Walker Cup, Angus won 2 1/2 points out of 4 including a win and a half from his two foursomes matches. Must have been all that practice in the HMC Foursomes!
The draw for the 2021/22 knock out rounds has been sent to schools and is now posted opposite. To view each regional draw, click on the relevant region. Schools have also been sent a contact list for their region and a copy of the Rules for the Regional Rounds.
Please organise your matches well in advance this Summer Term and try to play early next term to ensure better weather.
Let me know if you spot any errors etc
The pandemic has meant that the usual knock out rounds could not be played so this year’s finals will have a very different format.
Schools can opt to enter either two or three foursomes pairs to play a 36-hole foursomes scratch stableford on one of the days.
An entry form has been sent to all schools; the deadline for entries will be Friday 28th May. Schools can nominate which day they prefer to play and entries must contain names of players, date of birth and WHS handicap. Pairings may consist of any combination of boys and girls. Girls play from the Ladies’ tees.
There is no official handicap limit but this is a scratch competition and schools must not field players who will not be able to hold their own on a challenging tree-lined course. Huntercombe is not long but it does require skill to navigate. All pairs must be able to complete 18 holes in no longer than 3 hours.
Foursomes golf will be unfamiliar to some players so it is important that coaches teach their players the basic rules of foursomes golf.
If entries exceed slots available then a ballot will be made on the basis of players’ handicaps. If a school has entered three pairs and demand for that day is high, it may be necessary to reduce the entry to two pairs.
Team prizes will be awarded on the basis of the best two scores for each 36 holes. There will be team and individual prizes for each day’s competition. The HMC Trophy will be awarded to the school with the best 36 holes team score on either of the days.
The entry fee will be £20 per player but please do not make payment until the final playing order is finalised. I will then invoice you.
You may bring a packed lunch for your players or it will be possible to order one from the club at a reasonable price. You will be offered this option when I make the playing order. The Huntercombe clubhouse is not large so I would like to avoid having too many players inside – the young people will probably not have been vaccinated by then
After a very difficult year, the main aim of this competition is to give the players an enjoyable day of foursomes golf on a lovely golf course.
More details will be given nearer the time.
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.