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Golf Fixtures 2017

DATE FIXTURE/EVENT VENUE MATCH MANAGER
25, 26  March Brent Knoll Bowl Burnham & Berrow Captain
5 April Spring Meeting Rye Phil Hine
6 to 9 April Halford Hewitt Deal/Sandwich Captain
9 April Old Shirburnian Burnham & Berrow David Crews
8 and 15 June Schools putting competition Royal Wimbledon Ian Lanceley
22, 23, 24 June Cyril Gray Worplesdon Phil Hine
27 July Winchester Bristol & Clifton Tim Lintott
TBA Summer meeting Royal Wimbledon Phil Hine
TBA Blundell’s charity golf day TBA Amber Oliver
7 September Old Cliftonians / Taunton Pelicans Bristol & Clifton David Crews
24 September School Tiverton Simon Waddington
7, 8 October Cornish Piskey Newquay Captain
5 October Old Marlburian GS Burnham & Berrow Martyn Grose

Please do let the match manager know if you would like to play in any fixture; it makes their job so much easier. Email addresses are:-

finnweisse@aol.com (Our Captain – Finn Weisse)
david.crews51@yahoo.co.uk
IanLanceley@whmatthews.com
christopher.gibson10@btinternet.com
Martyngrose@aol.com
philhine@dircon.co.uk
tim.lintott@gmail.com
swaddington@heathcoat.co.uk
a.oliver@blundells.org (Blundell’s charity golf day)

Golf News

Brent Knoll Bowl 2016

We opened our competitive season with the Brent Knoll Bowl at Burnham & Berrow slightly earlier this year due an early Easter but it did mean we were able to spend the Saturday evening watching England beat France and win the grand slam! Our team this year (pairings) was Carey Ashworth/Kevin Ramshaw, Ed Haycock/Richard Hine and Phil Hine/Simon Waddington. We were drawn against Marlborough in the first round where we had a comfortable 3-0 win. Our next opponents were the Buckthorns – a local society who won the competition the previous year. This was a closer match, which we won 2-1 with good wins for Ed/Richard and Phil/Simon. So we were now in the semi-finals and our opponents were Sherborne. Ed/Richard had a good win against a strong pairing but unfortunately we were not that close in the other two matches.

    Score Points   Score Points
1 D J Dinkeldein & R J Fisher L, 1 dn 0 N C Ashworth & A R Vallance W, 1 up 1
2 P J Hodges W, 1 up 1 D Crews & P Crews L, 1 dn 0
3 M J Rowland & R T Mather W, 4&3 1 C M Clapp & G L Howe L, 4&3 0
4 R O Grayburn & N D Macpherson L, 9&7 0 A L C Ward & I C Cockram W, 9&7 1
5 T J Rowland & M D Macpherson W, 1 up 1 A A C Jeffrey & R J March L, 1 dn 0
6 J M T Caldwell & H C Cornell W, 4&2 1 D A d'Arcy Hughes & S J Tilley L, 4&2 0
  Total, morning   4     2
1 P J Hodges & J M T Caldwell H ½ N C Ashworth & P Crews H ½
2 D J Dinkeldein & R J Fisher L, 3&1 0 D Crews and G L Howe W, 3&1 1
3 N D Macpherson & M D Macpherson W, 2&1 1 C M Clapp& D J Bourne L, 2&1 0
4 R T Mather & H C Cornell W, 2&1 1 A R Vallance & A A C Jeffrey L, 2&1 0
5 T J Rowland & M J Rowland W, 5&3 1 D A d'Arcy Hughes & S J Tilley L, 5&3 0
  Total, afternoon      
  RESULT      

Halford Hewitt 2016

We started our week with our spring meeting at Rye. The Halford Hewitt side (see below) were present together with William Moberly, Bill Seldon, Ron March, Peter Crews, Richard Sommerfield and David D’Arcy Hughes. A stiff breeze all day and a wet morning. As usual, we played foursomes in the morning and singles in the afternoon. Peter Crews and Bill Seldon won the foursomes with a credible 28 points in the difficult conditions, interestingly 4 ahead of the next best. Simon Waddington won the singles with a fine 34 points.

We were drawn against The Leys on the Friday so on the Thursday we played a match against Greshams at Rye, a good chance to have a competitive match. It was a much more pleasant day and we got the better of that match and Greshams were keen and confident that we would beat their near neighbours the next day. We were less sure.

That evening we had our AGM and with Kevin Ramshaw retiring as Captain we elected our new Captain, Finn Weisse. Many thanks to Kevin for leading us over the last three years.

Friday was a lovely spring day, which was good news because we would be playing twice whatever the outcome of our match. Our side was Harry Konig and Nick Ackfield, Phil Hine and Simon Waddington, Ed Haycock and Richard Hine, Kevin Ramshaw and Finn Weisse, Simon Gudgeon and Dougal Lyon. The Leys had two good pairs and we lost the first two matches. Richard and Ed won their match as did Simon and Dougal both quite comfortably so it was all down to Kevin and Finn. They were all square playing the 18th, a good drive by Kevin followed by an excellent second shot left them two putts for the match from not very far. Kevin made sure the drama would continue by leaving Finn a short putt, which he holed confidently. Interestingly The Leys went on to win the plate which given their top order strength was not surprising.

The next round was against Harrow. Harry and Nick had a good win and Simon and Dougal halved their match but the other Harrow pairs were too strong for us. So that was the end of a lovely week.

Cyril Gray 2016

Our pairings for the competition were Jeremy Cooper/Phil Hine, Richard Hine/ William Moberly and Ron March/Bill Seldon. We were against Stowe in the first round. The weather was pleasant but with the prospect of some storms later on. An interesting and close match. Jeremy and Phil were unlucky to loose, their opponents holing two long putts on 17 and 18 to hold onto their one hole lead. In contrast, Richard and William somehow won the 17th with a 7 – when they were hitting their fourth shot before the opponents hit their second! – and then easily held out to win their match on the 18th. Ron and Bill were looking good for a win on the 18th but despite having much the better of the hole, they weren’t quite able to hang on so they had to go to extra holes where they lost unfortunately on the 19th. So we were now in the plate. However, the weather turned and the course was flooded so a decision was taken to settle the plate matches by ‘closest to the hole’ playoff on the par three 4th. Unfortunately our opponents won that and, rather annoyingly, the weather cleared and in hindsight we could easily have played a full match.

Cornish Piskey 2016

Our side was Harry Konig/Carey Ashworth, Ed Haycock/ Richard Hine and Phil Hine/George Williams – George making his debut for the Society. The weather was very pleasant and with the Ryder Cup being held over the weekend there was a need to find eating establishments with the golf on, a somewhat more difficult task than finding nightclubs in Newquay, which Harry and George had no problem with! We were drawn against the Hazards in the first round, which we won, Harry/Carey and Ed/Richard having good wins. In the second round we had the Leather Jackets who proved too strong for us so we played in the consolation tournament on the Sunday. Our scores in that were reasonable with us ending up firmly in the middle of the field. All in all, a lovely weekend despite the Ryder cup disappointments.

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Bent Knoll Bowl 2015

Our side for this year’s competition was Ed Haycock, Phil and Richard Hine, Kevin Ramshaw, Paul Vicary and Simon Waddington. We were drawn against the Wigorns in the first round. A close match with a good win for Paul and Kevin but we lost narrowly 2-1. In the plate we had the Royal Navy and this was a tight match. With Ed and Richard winning their match it was down to Phil and Simon who went on to extra holes in a murky light before losing on the 20th.

Halford Hewitt 2015

A marvellous week with good weather in West Sussex and Kent started with our Spring meeting at Rye. We had a strong turn out with our Halford Hewitt side (in HH pairings), Harry Konig/Nick Ackfield, Richard Hine/Ed Haycock, Kevin Ramshaw/Finn Weisse, Phil Hine/Dougal Lyon and Carey Ashwoth/Jeremy Cooper being joined by Bill Seldon, Ron March, William Moberly and Peter Lowe. Finn and Nick won the foursomes with an excellent 38 points and Jeremy Cooper won the singles with 35 points.

It was then on to Sandwich to play Cranleigh in the first round of the Hewitt. We had a close but in the end a somewhat frustrating match. Harry and Nick had a good win as did Kevin and Finn. Carey and Jeremy lost their match so we needed a third point from one of the other two matches. Richard and Ed went down the 19th and their opponents, having been in trouble off the tee (but fortunate to have a good lie), holed a big putt for a birdie to win the match. Unfortunately Phil and Dougal weren’t able to hold on to their lead and lost at the 18th. So now it was the plate. Harry/Nick, Kevin/Finn and Ed/Richard represented us. We had a good win against Stowe in the first round and our next opponents were Marlborough. This was played in a strong wind which we didn’t cope with very well with Marlborough winning fairly easily.

Cyril Gray 2015

Our team this year was Paul Vicary/Richard Hine, Carey Ashwoth/Ross Aldridge and Phil Hine/Simon Waddington. We had a good win against Whitgift. Phil and Simon won their match. Ross and Carey were one up going down 18. After a good drive on the fairway Ross hit a superb second shot close to the pin to close out their match. In the second round we were playing Ampleforth. Despite another good win from Ross and Carey we struggled in the other matches.

Summer Meeting 2015

A glorious summer day at Royal Wimbeldon. The course was in excellent condition. Ed Haycock, Alex Knott, Phil Hine, Alasdair Knight, William Moberly, Peter Lowe, Bill Seldon and David Jeffcoate played.

The morning singles was won by Phil with 34 points and the afternoon foursomes by Alex and David with 28 points.

Cornish Piskey 2015

This was the 50th Cornish Piskey and the club held a special reception to commemorate the event with a gift to each player.

Our team was Ross Aldridge, Ed Haycock, Phil and Richard Hine and Nick and Kevin Ramshaw. We were drawn against the Gloucester Men in the first round which we lost 2-1, Richard and Ed winning their match. In the plate we played the Cornish Captains and won two matches to one. Richard/Ed and Nick/Kevin having good wins. As part of the celebrations we had a dinner to celebrate George Hammond’s participation in all 50 Cornish Piskeys. A lovely occasion only spoilt by England’s abject display against Australia in the Rugby World Cup! Our next match was against the Wescott GS. A close match, Ed and Richard won their match. Ross/Phil lost on the 17th. Nick and Kevin’s match was close, they were up going into the last few holes but were pegged back and the match went to the 19th. A solid par was good enough for the Westcotts to go through to the final. All in all a marvellous weekend which will be remembered for a long time.

Blundell's Golf Day Thursday 27th August 2015

We held this year’s Charity Golf Day a little up country to try and encourage some of our Blundell’s community to join us who live around the M4 corridor. We were delighted that we had a good turnout of teams and that our regular supporters based in Devon also came along to participate. Competition as ever was fierce, but enjoyable with a beautiful day (bar the one torrential downpour) which sent all undercover whilst it passed over.

Golf Day 2015 Golf Day 2015

Golf Day 2015 Golf Day 2015

With all teams equipped with a buggy, we had a two tee start after competitors enjoyed a quick Bacon Roll to see them on their way. After a gruelling five-hour round for the majority, all deserved a restorative drink followed by a three course meal before the raffle and award ceremony. We are very grateful to our sponsors, National West Chem and Westford Mechanical Ltd.

Golf Day 2015 Golf Day 2015

Golf Day 2015 Golf Day 2015

We are very grateful to all those who participated and thank you to our Chairman of Governors, Cedric Clapp, who awarded all the day’s prizes. We hope to see you all again next year.

Results were as follows:

Best Team – Old Blundellian team Thomas Dorse, William and Adam Gingell and their guest Spencer Popham
Best Man – Current Parent Ben Winzer
Best Woman – Former Parent Diane Clapp
Best Old Blundellian – Adam Gingell
Best Supporter – Jeff Dealtrey
Best Current Parent – Richard Provis
Best Current/Former Staff – Peter Klinkenberg
Longest Drive – Richard Ford
Nearest the Pin – Spencer Popham
Putting Competition – Alistair Norris & David Crews

Golf Day 2015 Golf Day 2015

Golf Day 2015 Golf Day 2015

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Cornish Piskey 2014

Our team for this year's tournament was our Captain Kevin Ramshaw (Saturday only), Simon Waddington, Ed Haycock, Peter Crews, Richard Hughes, Phil and Richard (Sunday only) Hine.

The weather was good for the whole weekend, albeit it was quite windy on the Saturday. We were drawn against the Bogeymen on Saturday morning, the match was reasonably close with Simon and Phil winning on the 19th, Kevin and Ed just missing out on the 18th and Pete and Richard losing narrowly. Cornish Piskey 2014 teamSo we were in the plate competition - the Cornish Pasty - and our opponents were the HOGS. We won all three matches for a good win so we were now in the semi-finals against Somerset over 35s, with Kevin returning to Bristol and Richard (Hine) replacing him as Ed's partner. This was a really good match. Pete and Richard lost their match, Ed and Richard won theirs 1up with a fine birdie on the 18th knowing that Simon and Phil were going up the 19th. It was tense with Phil holing a good putt for a half so onto the 20th which was also halved and then to the 21st. Somerset 35s were in deep rough off the tee and went just over the green with their second leaving a difficult chip shot. We were a bunker 50 yards from the green but managed to get in on the green and two putts later we were through to the final. We played well in the final, Simon and Phil winning 5&4, Ed and Richard 4&3 with Pete and Richard happily agreeing a half given it was all over. All in all an excellent weekend and some consolation for our first round defeat was that the Bogeymen won the main competition.

The photograph of our team from left to right, Richard Hine, Ed Haycock, Simon Waddington, Pete Crews, Phil Hine - with the Cornish Pasty and plate - Newquay Golf Club Captain Brain Anderson and Richard Hughes.

Brent Knoll Bowl 2014

After the awful winter it was marvellous to have our first OB competition this year at Burnham. Unsurprisingly the course was quite damp – the water table much higher than normal but the greens were playing well and the weather was good. Our team was Ed Haycock and Richard Hine, Kevin Ramshaw and Dougal Lyon and Phil Hine and Jeff Berry. Our first round was against the Army. As usual they were strong and they won rather too comfortably. We put that down to their two weeks of practice in South Africa! Our opponents in the plate competition were Marlborough. This match was close and went all the way. Kevin and Dougal won their match, Richard and Ed lost theirs, so it was down to Phil and Jeff. This match was always close, we were one down going down the last and Marlborough hung on – just – to get the all-important half and win the match.

Halford Hewitt 2014

Another marvellous week in Kent and West Sussex – the weather was exceptional with t-shirts most of the week and, as at Burnham, the courses quite damp with water in many bunkers at Sandwich and Princes.

As usual we had our Spring meeting at Rye. In the morning Richard Hine and Ed Haycock won the foursomes with 34 points and in the afternoon (after a very good lunch as normal) Ross Aldridge won the singles with a fine 35 points.

So onto the Hewitt where our first round opponents were Repton at Sandwich. Our team was Ross Aldridge and Carey Ashworth, Phil Hine and Dougal Lyon, Harry Konig – his first Hewitt – and Simon Waddington, Ed Haycock and Richard Hine and Simon Gudgeon and Kevin Ramshaw. We won two matches – Harry and Simon / Simon and Kevin – quite easily but struggled in the other three which meant we were now competing in the plate. Our first round was against Berkhamsted. We won two games convincingly – Harry and Simon/ Richard and Ed. Kevin and Simon halved their game for a convincing win and we now faced Lorretto. This was a really close match against a strong team. Harry and Simon lost their match; their opponents played some really exceptional golf and were five under par when they won! Richard and Ed won theirs and it all rested on Simon and Kevin. Up early on, their opponents played some excellent golf to get back into the match and squeeze through by one hole on the 18th. All in all a lovely week.

OBGS vs Old Shirburnian GS at Burnham & Berrow G.C. Sunday 2nd March 2014

The traditional match vs the Old Shirburnians took place as arranged on Sunday 2nd March on a pretty raw day that saw deteriorating weather as the day progressed, though the morning foursomes matches were completed in dry but very windy conditions with Blundell’s narrowly ahead 3 – 2 at lunch.

Only four four-ball matches were attempted over 9 holes of the Channel Course in the afternoon by which time driving wind and rain had rendered it nigh on impossible to play any form of golf at all and resulted in only two matches producing meaningful results. The remaining two matches were abandoned and declared halved by mutual consent!

The final result saw the opposition victorious this year - Sherborne having won the two completed afternoon matches with two halved though relying heavily on the loan of an O.B. (Crews. D.) who played for Sherborne as they were one short of their full complement of ten. So something of a hollow victory for them it has to be said!

Blundell’s Result Sherborne Score
Match Results A.M. - Championship Course
Carey Ashworth / Tony Vallance beat Phil Hodges / Robin Grayburn 3/2
Tony Ward / Ian Cockram halved vs O.B. David Crews / Marcus Rowland  
Peter Kingdon / Andrew Jeffrey halved vs Rupert Bagnall / Toby Rowland  
Ron March / Douglas Bourne beat Nick McPherson / Oliver Bendall 2 up
Steven Tilley / David D’Arcy Hughes lost to Martin Mcpherson / Tony Thatcher 2 down
Match Results P.M. - Channel Course
Ashworth / Cockram lost to Bagnall / Thatcher 3/1
Ward / Vallance lost to Rowland T. / Bendall 1 Down
Tilley / Kingdon halved vs Rowland M. / Hodges (Abandoned)
Bourne D’Arcy Hughes halved vs O.B. Crews/ Grayburn (Abandoned)
Overall Result: Sherborne 5, Blundell’s 4

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Cyril Gray 2013

Our team for this year's competition, played in pleasant weather, was Carey Ashworth playing with Phil Hine, Ross Aldridge with Richard Hine, Jeremy Cooper with Ron March. In the first round we were drawn against Bishop's Stortford. We won comfortably 3-0; the highlight being a 10&8 win by Richard and Ross – a very rare result. In the next round we played Berkhamsted. It was a tight match; Ross and Richard lost their match, Jeremy and Ron won theirs and it was down to Carey and Phil. They won the18th to take the match down the 19th but Phil found the bunker from the tee and the opponents made a solid par four so we were out of the competition. A very enjoyable competition as usual enjoyed by all. It was lovely to see Chad and Sharon Murrin and many thanks to them for their hospitality.

Cyril Gray 2013 team
Photo of the Cyril Gray team; from left to right: -
Carey Ashworth, Jeremy Cooper, Ron March, Phil Hine, Ross Aldridge, Richard Hine

Cornish Piskey 2013

The 48th Cornish Piskey – we are one of the few sides who have played in them all – was held in good weather. Our team was Kevin Ramshaw playing with Peter Crews, Phil Hine with Simon Waddington and Ed Haycock with Richard Hine. In the first round we were drawn against the Leather Jackets - the society based at Burnham & Berrow – an interesting match as Richard is a member and Peter a past member so there was quite a bit of banter! It turned out to be a very close match; Kevin and Peter lost their match and Phil and Simon won theirs so it was down to Ed and Richard who were struggling at three down with five to play. However a superb finish saw them recover to win on the 18th. So onto the next round where we playing the March Hares, a strong side based in Sussex. We pushed them hard, Ed and Richard won well and with Kevin and Pete losing it was all down to Phil and Simon who were having a close match – all square going down the last – our opponents made a solid 4 which we couldn't match so it was onto the consolation tournament on the Sunday. We played well and had some good scores but the standard was very high and we didn't feature in the prizes. Overall a marvellous weekend.

Halford Hewitt 10th – 14th April 2013

Another hugely enjoyable competition played in some warmer weather after the rather long cold winter.

We started the week with our Spring meeting at Rye on the Wednesday. There was an excellent turnout for the day. Kevin Ramshaw (our captain), Andy Barr, David and Peter Crews, Simon Gudgeon, Ed Haycock, Phil and Richard Hine, Alex Knott, Peter Lowe, Dougal Lyon, Ron March, William Moberly, Bill Seldon, Ollie Seldon, Simon Waddington and Finn Weisse.

Ed Haycock and Richard Hine won the morning foursomes with 34 points and Ollie Seldon was the winner of the p.m. singles with 37 points, William Moberly coming a close second with 36 points.

So onto the Halford Hewitt where we were drawn against Eastbourne at Royal St Georges. We were represented by Kevin Ramshaw and Finn Weisse, Peter Crews and Dougal Lyon, Ed Haycock and Richard Hine, Alex Knott and Simon Gudgeon, Phil Hine and Simon Waddington. It was a typical Hewitt match; it ebbed and flowed, we always looked as though we were on top but they came back and there wasn’t that much in it even though we won 3½ to 1½. Kevin/Finn, Phil/Simon and Richard/Ed won their matches and Alex/Simon halving their match. Next round was against a strong Clifton team who won the competition in 2010. It turned out to be a very close match which went down to the last match on the final hole. Alex and Simon won their match quite easily 5&4. Phil/Simon and Kevin/Finn lost their matches and it didn’t look that promising as Peter and Dougal were 3 down with 4 to play. However they won the last 4 holes to win 1 up so the match would be decided by the last pairing. Ed and Richard were 1 down playing 16 and their opponents made an excellent three from the bunker to go 2 up with 2 to play. We made a great 4 on 17 – Richard holing a good putt – to win that hole. Clifton had the better of 18 but then Ed holed a fantastic putt for a four leaving Clifton to hole a short but testing putt for the match which they did.

Many thanks to William Moberly and Peter Lowe who came and supported us.

Phil Hine (W 1971-75)

Brent Knoll Bowl 23rd, 24th March 2013

This year's Brent Knoll Bowl was played in weather which has been typical of this year; cold with a strong north easterly wind making it colder still.

We were represented by Ed Haycock, Harry Konig, Phil and Richard Hine, Kevin Ramshaw, Paul Vicary and Simon Waddington.

Our first match was against Taunton. Wins for the Ed/Richard and Simon/Harry pairings saw us through. Our next round was against the Warwickshire Bears – those who have represented Warwickshire County team. With wins form Simon/Harry and Paul/Phil we were through to the semi-final. Our opponents were the RAF – who are always field a strong side. The match was close. Paul and Phil lost their match but we the other two matches were very close. Simon had a putt to win their match on 18 but it was not to be so onto the 19th. Unfortunately their opponents made a stunning birdie 3 on the 19th to win with Ed and Richard about to play the 19th themselves having been all square after 18.

A very enjoyable weekend.

Phil Hine (W 1971-75)

Blundell’s v Sherborne 3rd March 2013

I am delighted to report a rare and surprisingly convincing victory over Sherborne at a dry and relatively benign Burnham (if not a little chilly!). The Casket is back where it belongs - with Blundell's!

A couple of new faces in the line-up this year in Steven Tilley (OH 56-60), Tony Vallance (P 68-73), both B&C members, and Ian Cockram (FH 69-74) who was a contemporary of Tony Ward (FH 65-69) and Graham Howe and travelled all the way from Cambridge via Dorset to play in the match.

By lunchtime, following the morning foursomes matches, Blundell's were in the unprecedented position of being 5-0 up following five straight wins. Sherborne chaps visibly shaken and a little quiet at lunch but livened up after a few of bottles of wine.

A rousing rendition of "Give us a ‘B’ give us an ‘L’ etc etc and what have we got...? ‘BLUNDELL'S’ by the Blundell’s team on the putting green before setting off for the Channel course and the afternoon fourball matches didn't seem to go down too well with the Burnham members but it put everyone in the right frame of mind to go out and win the one 1/2 point required to regain the Casket which we duly did. Not sure we will be invited back next year though!

It was a good day all round.

David Crews (P 1965-69)

Match results

Morning Foursomes

Cary Ashworth/Tony Vallance won 4/3 vs Robin Grayburn/Dick Draper

David Crews/Graham Howe won 1 up vs Nick Macpherson/Rupert Bagnall

Andrew Jeffrey/Peter Kingdon won 3/2 vs Toby Rowland/Andy Brown

Anthony Ward/Ian Cockram won 2/1 vs Martin Macpherson/Phil Hodges

Steven Tilley/David D'Arcy Hughes won 6/5 vs Tony Steele Perkins/Marcus Rowland

Afternoon Fours

Carey Ashworth/Graham Howe lost 3/2 vs Marcus Rowland/Andy Brown

David Crews/Peter Kingdon won 1 up vs Martin Macpherson/Tony Steele Perkins

Andrew Jeffrey/Steven Tilley halved vs Rupert Bagnall/Phil Hodges

Anthony Ward/David D'Arcy Hughes lost 3/2 vs Nick Macpherson/Dick Draper

Ian Cockram/Tony Vallance halved vs Robin Grayburn/Toby Rowland.

Blundell's 7 - Sherborne 3

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Cyril Gray 28th, 29th, 30th June 2012

Our team was Ross Aldridge, Simon Gudgeon, Phil and Richard Hine, Ron March and Paul Vicary. Worplesdon was, as always, in great condition but the weather was typical of this summer - somewhat damp at times. We were drawn against Eastbourne in the first round who we despatched 3-0; Richard and Paul won quite easily; the other two matches were quite close but we always looked as though we would come through. The next round was against Canford who have won it a couple of times in the last 5 years. We lost 2-1; our form was similar to the first round - Richard and Paul won easily and the other two pairs struggled. Canford went on to the final where they lost to Wrekin.

Cyril Gray
Photo of the Cyril Gray team; from left to right: -
Ross Aldridge, Richard and Phil Hine, Simon Gudgeon, Ron March and Paul Vicary

Cornish Piskey 6th, 7th October 2012

Our team was Kevin Ramshaw, our new captain, Carey Ashworth, Ed Haycock, Phil and Richard Hine and Simon Waddington. The weather on Friday - the practice day was terrible in the afternoon but Saturday was a beautiful sunny day. We were drawn against the Cornish Captains. With two good wins from Kevin and Simon and Ed and Richard we were through to the next round 2-1. We now faced a strong RAF side. Carey and Phil won and Ed and Richard lost their games with a few holes to play so it was down to Kevin and Simon in the top match. Their match was always close, they were down a couple of holes but they clawed one back and then made a fine 4 down the 18th to take the match into extra holes. The RAF did extremely well to half the 19th after going through the green and we had a good chance on the 20th; unfortunately we couldn't take it and eventually lost on the 22nd.

Tiverton Golf Club Sunday 16th September 2012

Old Blunellians enjoyed a fantastic day out at Tiverton Golf Club last Sunday, 16th September. The OBs beat Tiverton Golf Club 3 to 1.

In the afternoon the Old Blundellians played for the coveted Lake Cup. Guy Durrant won with 40 pts - playing off a handicap of 17! Richard Swarbrick took 2nd place with 38 pts.

Blundell's Golf Day Friday 31st August 2012

This year’s Charity Golf Day was an unbelievable success! With 17 teams completing for the Championship title along with individual prizes the completion was friendly but fierce!

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Blundell's Golf Day 2012While basking in the glorious sun, the teams enjoyed a quick lunch while eyeing out the completion. We were lucky to be able to play a shotgun start at this year’s venue, Dainton Golf Course, meaning all our teams started promptly at noon. All the teams completed the course in time for a drinks reception in the courtyard before a well-deserved Carvery Dinner.

Blundell's Golf Day 2012After pudding the teams supported the Charity Raffle for both the Exeter Leukaemia Fund and The Peter Blundell Foundation Award Bursary provision. A variety of prizes were awarded on behalf of our sponsors Firewatch, Dainton Park Golf Course, and Jolly Vintner. Many thanks to all those that participated in this year’s golf day, we hope to see you all again next year and thank you to our Chairman of Governors Cedric Clapp who awarded all the day’s prizes.

  • Best team - Andy Southgate, Gloria Butt, Rob Kitson and Rob Venner with 93 points
  • Nearest to the pin on the 8th - Norman Ridgeway
  • Longest drive for men on 16th - Nick Williams
  • Longest drive for ladies on 16th - Shaneen Smith
  • Best Male - Scott Burrows - 38 points
  • Best Female - Gloria Butt - 38 points
  • Best Old Blundellian - Thomas Pynn - 37 points
  • Best Parent - Rob Venner - 35 points
  • Best Pupil - Luke Ansell - 37 points
  • Best Supporter - Don Darby - 36 points
  • Best staff - Andy Southgate - 38 points

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Halford Hewitt 29th March – 1st April 2012

Another Hewitt week with marvellous weather – tee shirts all week for the second year in a row!

We were drawn to play our first round on Friday so we had our Spring meeting at Rye on the Thursday this year and there was an excellent turnout for the day. Ed Haycock (our captain), Martyn Grose (our president), Andy Barr, Jeremy Cooper, Peter Crews, Simon Gudgeon, Phil and Richard Hine, Alex Knott, Peter Lowe, Dougal Lyon, Ron March, William Moberly, Matt Morgan, Al Norris, Kevin Ramshaw, Bill Seldon, Simon Waddington and Finn Weisse.

We had a practice Hewitt match against St Paul's and a foursomes stableford competition in the morning and a singles stableford in the afternoon. We beat St Paul's 4 matches to 1; Alex Knott and Simon Gudgeon won the foursomes with 35 points and Peter Lowe was the winner of the singles with 36 points.

To complete our Thursday we had our AGM during a very nice dinner; the most important agenda item was the choice of our new captain. It didn't take us much time – the wine helped – to decide that Kevin Ramshaw was to take over from Ed Haycock. Ed started his term 'early' taking over from Chris Bayly when he relocated to Dubai and he led us through five Hewitts so a big thanks to him.

So onto the Halford Hewitt where we were drawn against Wellington. We were represented by Kevin Ramshaw and Finn Weisse, Andy Barr and Dougal Lyon, Ed haycock and Richard Hine, Alex Knott and Simon Gudgeon, Phil Hine and Simon Waddington. It turned out to be a relatively close match, Finn and Kevin won comfortably 6 and 5, Phil and Simon won a close match 2 and 1 and Alex and Simon won the deciding and extremely close match on the last hole. In the second round we played Dulwich. Again the match was close, Ed and Richard won their match 3 and 2, Alex and Simon again had a very close game winning on the last. In the end the key game was Finn and Kevin; their match went all the way but unfortunately the opponents made a fine 4 at the last to squeeze home 1 up. Many thanks to Martyn, William, Matt, Pete, Peter and Al for supporting us.

Brent Knoll Bowl 24th, 25th March 2012

This year's Brent Knoll Bowl was played in glorious weather. The sun was out and there was very little wind and Bunham was in fantastic condition for this time of year. We were represented by Ed Haycock, Harry Konig, Phil and Richard Hine, Kevin Ramshaw, Paul Vicary and Simon Waddington.

Our first match was against the Erratics - a society based at Porthcawl. Richard and Ed had an easy win and with Simon and Harry winning we were through to the next round. Paul and Phil halved their match. Our next game was against the Buckthorns - the local society who are generally a strong side with the advantage of local knowledge. This was a closer match; Ed and Richard won their match quite easily, Simon and Harry lost narrowly and it was down to Paul and Phil. A strong finish saw them win 2 and 1 and so it was on to the semi-final for the first time for several years. Our opponents were the Army who were just back from two weeks golf in South Africa! We pushed them hard but they were too strong for us. Ed and Richard lost their game early on, Paul and Phil were ahead in their game so it came down to Kevin and Harry - they played well but lost a close game on the 17th. All in all a marvellous weekend.

Phil Hine

OBGS vs OSGS: Burnham & Berrow Sun 4th March 2012

Match Report: A reversal of fortune for Blundell’s this year following last year’s convincing win with Blundell’s well beaten 8 ½ to 3 ½ by a rejuvenated Sherborne side who reclaim “the casket”. Blundell’s fielded a full team of 12, against 11 Shirbirnians, on a day that saw Burnham at its most challenging with driving rain and a strong north easterly wind for most of the morning. Sherborne held a commanding 4 ½ to 1 ½ lead at the half way mark which, despite the usual restorative measures taken, and a very good carvery lunch proved too much of a mountain for the defending Blundell’s side to climb in order to make good the shortfall. A stiffening breeze and drier conditions for the afternoon fourball matches on the Channel Course made for an interesting encounter with creditable wins recorded by the Graham Howe/ Tony Ward and Doug Bourne / Drew Whitefield pairings – unfortunately three short of the 5 out of 6 afternoon wins required to secure a Blundell’s overall victory.

Phil Hine

No. Blundell's pair Score Sherborne pair
Morning Foursomes
1 Carey Ashworth / Graham Howe won 8/7 H. Gill / R. Fisher
2 Doug Bourne / Martin Grose lost 5/4 P. Hodges / R. Draper
3 Peter kingdon / Andrew Jeffery lost 4/3 R. Bagnall / R. Grayburn
4 David Crews / Tony Ward halved T. Rowland / M. Hodges
5 D. D’arcy Hughes / Drew Whitefield lost 6/5 H. Gill / A. Steele Perkins
6 Andrew Hillman / Bill Swainson lost 2 dn M. Rowland
Afternoon Fourball / Channel Course (9 holes)
1 Carey Ashworth / Martyn Grose lost 1 down D. Draper / R. Fisher
2 Graham Howe / Tony Ward won 3/2 H. Gill (s) / H. Gill (j)
3 David Crews / Peter kingdon lost 3/2 P. Hodges / R. Grayburn
4 Doug Bourne / A Whitefield won 3/2 A. Steele Perkins / M. Hodges
5 Andrew Hillman / Andrew Jeffery lost 1 dn R. Bagnall / M. Rowland
6 D. D’arcy Hughes / Bill Swainson lost 2/1 T. Rowland
Sherborne Win 8½ vs Blundell's 3½

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Cornish Piskey 1st, 2nd October 2011

Our team for this year’s tournament consisted of our captain Ed Haycock, Richard Carroll, Dougal Lyon, Philip Hine, Richard Hine and Simon Waddington.

Continuing a trend for the year we had fine weather and the course was in great condition. In the first round we were drawn against the Lincolnshire Sausage GS – a new society to the competition! We won 2–1 with Richard (Hine) / Ed, and Phil / Simon winning their matches. In the second round we played the Tehidy Parkers and it was a similar story a 2–1 win with Richard / Ed and Phil / Simon winning the points. Now onto the semi finals where we were up against a strong March Hares side. They were too good for us and we lost 2–1 with Phil / Simon winning the consolation point. As always the social side was excellent and overall a fabulous weekend.

OBGS v OWGS Weds 13th July 2011

In the match against Winchester (The Old Wykehamists Golf Society) at Burnham and Berrow GC, the OB team repeated the previous year's success and beat OWGS by 2 and a half to 1 and a half, in a four ball, better ball competition. David Crews and Andrew Barr won their match, as did David D'Arcy Hughes and Cedric Clapp; Tim Lintott and Stephen Tilley halved their match, but Bill Swainson and Frank Ackerman lost in the final match. Benign conditions helped make it a memorable day.

Next year the match will take place at Bristol & Clifton GC on July 5th.

Tim Lintott

Cyril Gray 23rd, 24th, 25th June 2011

In this year’s Cyril Gray we were drawn against Edinburgh Academicals in the first round. Our team was Ross Aldridge, Peter Crews, Phil Hine, Richard Hine, Paul Vicary and Simon Waddington. We won 2-1 with wins from Ross and Peter and Richard and Paul. In the next round we played Merchant Taylors who are recent past winners. Cyril Gray 2011 teamThis became a very close match; Phil and Simon lost by one hole, Richard and Paul made a solid par four on the last to win by one hole and the match depended on Ross and Peter. They had a chance to win it in the 18th but it was not to be so extra holes were needed. The 19th was halved in par fours; Ross nearly holing for a birdie. On the 20th, a tough par four, Ross hit a superb second shot to six feet and that was good enough to win. So it was now the quarter final against Eastbourne. Phil and Simon had an easy win and Richard and Paul closed out their match on the 17th so we were now in the semi-finals. Our opponents were Wrekin – a side who had done well in recent years. Paul Vicary wasn’t able to play and William Moberly stepped in. Unfortunately we didn’t play well and Wrekin were comfortable winners. Overall a very successful year; we haven’t been in the semi-finals for a long time so that bodes well for future years.

Charity Golf Day Sun 3rd July 2011

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The overall winning team at this year’s Golf day was Andy Mead (staff), Bruce Wheatley (staff), Henry Roffe-Silvester (staff) & Mike Finch (current parent) with a score of 98. Runners up were Blundell’s Supporters Paul Middleton, Terry Moss, Andy Fields (current parent) & Lee Pearch.

Prizes also included: -

  • Nearest the pin: Simon Breed and Ian Seatherton
  • Longest drive: Peter Klinkenberg & Richard Swarbrick
  • Best Man: jointly shared by teachers Andy Mead and Bruce Wheatley
  • Best Lady: Rosemary Webber
  • Best Supporter: Lee Davey & Morris Curtis
  • Best Parent: Richard Thomas
  • Best pupil: Gary Abdoll
  • Best Old Blundellian: Graham Howe

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Charity Golf Day, Sun 3rd July 2011Thank you to all those that participated in this year’s Charity Golf Day, we appreciate your support. The day’s proceeds went to the Devon Air Ambulance & the Peter Blundell Foundation Awards.

We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s golf day.

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Halford Hewitt

This turned out to be a magnificent week – the weather was superb – the best anyone can remember at least for thirty odd years – and the courses were in great condition.

We started the week with the Spring Meeting at Rye – is there a better place for golf on a beautiful spring day? - and there was an excellent turn out – Richard Carroll, Ed Haycock, Simon Gudgeon, Phil Hine, Richard Hine, Alex Knott, Peter Lowe, Dougal Lyon, William Moberly, Matt Morgan, Bill Seldon, Mark Seldon, Ollie Seldon, and Finn Weisse all played. Ed Haycock and Richard Hine won the foursomes and Phil Hine the singles.

So onto the Hewitt. We were drawn at Deal against Marlborough who had a good run the year before but we were hopeful we might prevail. Our team was our captain Ed Haycock, Richard Carroll, Simon Gudgeon, Phil Hine, Richard Hine, Alex Howe, Alex Knott, Dougal Lyon, Kevin Ramshaw and Finn Weisse. We got off to a great start with four of the five matches up at the 10th. The momentum then swung to Marlborough and it became very close. Ed and Richard (Hine) won their match relatively easily 3 and 2. Phil and Richard (Carroll) lost on the 18th as did Alex (Howe) and Dougal. Alex (Knott) and Kevin won their match on the 19th and somehow the Marlborough pair managed to get the better of Simon and Finn to win on the 20th. A great shame as we had a number of opportunities to win the match; Marlborough readily conceded they had been fortunate to go through.

We now played in the plate at Princes. Our first match was against Chigwell which we won 3 – 0. Good wins for Simon and Finn (6 and 5) and for Alex (Howe) and Dougal (4 and 3) with Ed and Richard winning 1up. The next round was against Wrekin which was a lot closer. Ed and Richard won 5 and 4, Simon and Finn lost 2 and 1 but Alex and Dougal won a tight match on the 19th to give Blundell’s a 2-1 win.   It was now the quarter finals against Cheltenham. Again a close match, Phil and Simon won 4 and 2 but we needed another win from the other two matches which were both very close. Alex and Dougal lost on the 18th by one hole and that meant Ed and Richard had to play the 19th. They made a fine par 4 to win the match, Richard holing the crucial 3 foot putt. Now for the semi-finals which are played at Deal with the main competition on the Sunday. Our opponents were Winchester. Simon and Phil had a good win 6 and 5, Ed and Richard lost for the first time in the week 2 and 1 which meant it the match rested on Alex and Dougal. They were having a very close match but unfortunately they were beaten by a very good par 4 on the 18th. So that was the end for Blundell’s. All in all very pleasing to get to the semi-finals of the plate for the second time and marvelous to play some great golf on superb courses in such wonderful weather.

Finally many thanks to our supporters during the week – Martyn Grose, our president, William Moberly, Peter Lowe and Peter Crews – who dropped in to see us in the semi-final on his way back from France.

Phil Hine

Brent Knoll Bowl

The weather this year was fantastic and Bunham & Berrow was in great condition. As usual the golf was competitive and enjoyable. We were represented by Ed Haycock, Paul Vicary, Ollie Seldon, Phil Hine, Richard Hine and Jeff Berry. In the first round we were drawn against the local Burnham side ‘The Buckthorns’ – this looked a tough draw and so it proved to be. The match was close and with one game each (a good win by Richard and Ed) when Paul and Phil made a magnificent and somewhat unlikely par 4 via the buckthorn down the last hole to win by one hole and give Blundell’s the match. So onto the next round where we played the Army. They had a very strong side and swept us aside quite easily; Paul and Phil managing a half point for Blundell’s.

Phil Hine

Old Blundellian Golfing Society – 2010 Report

Yet again we have had a marvellous golfing year with a full range of fixtures – both competitive and friendly.

On the competitive front we played in the old boys school team knockout competitions – the Halford Hewitt and the Cyril Gray (over 50s) with some success.

In the Halford Hewitt we were drawn against Taunton. We were represented by Ed Haycock (our captain), Ross Aldridge, Carey Ashworth, Richard Carroll, Peter Crews, Richard Hine, Phil Hine, Alex Howe, Alex Knott, Dougal Lyon, Kevin Ramshaw, and Simon Waddington. We won reasonably comfortably 4 matches to 1. In the second round we played Glenalmond and lost a close match 3 1/2 to 1 1/2.

In the Cyril Gray we were drawn against Dulwich. We were represented by Ross Aldridge, Peter Crews, Phil Hine, Richard Hine, Peter Lowe, Ron March, and Paul Vicary. Having lost to Dulwich in the first round (3 – 0) we won the plate beating Wrekin 2-1, Chigwell 3-0, Glenalmond 2 1/2 -1/2 and Rossall 2-1 in the final. The final was close; we won the two deciding matches down the 18th. Peter Lowe played in the matches up to the semi-final and Ross Aldridge replaced Peter in the semis and final (Peter was playing with William Moberly in the senior Cyril Gray (minimum combined age 140) and they came 3rd). There are some photos on the OB website (choose sport then golf).

Our other scratch fixtures were as usual the Brent Knoll Bowl and the Cornish Piskey.

In the Brent Knoll Bowl (Ed Haycock, Phil Hine, Richard Hine, Dougal Lyon, Alex Howe and Simon Waddington) we lost a close match in the first round against the Erratics and then had a good win against Taunton – a trial run for the Hewitt where we were drawn against them – we then beat Sherborne before losing to the Wigorns in the final.

In the Piskey (Richard Carroll, Pete Crews, Phil Hine, Richard Hine, Jeff Berry and Simon Waddinton) we had a good win against a strong March Hares side before losing to in the next round against a local side from Newquay, the Towans. We played reasonable well the next morning but were not in the prizes for the consolation stableford.

On the more social front we had some very enjoyable matches against Sherborne, Marlborough, Clifton, Winchester (a new match which Peter Crews organised – Tim Lintott is kindly taking over this match in 2011), Tiverton Golf Club and the boys. Another hugely enjoyable event was the Blundell’s golf day at Bovey Castle which was well supported by the OBGS and won by current pupil Gary Abdoll partnered by his father Gerald and Old Blundellian brothers Matt and Tom Pynn– again some photos on the OB website.

We also had our Spring and Autumn meetings at Rye and Tiverton respectively. In the Spring meeting Ollie Seldon won the singles and Richard Hine and Ed Haycock won the foursomes. In the Autumn meeting Will Seamer won the Lake Cup.

We look forward to another enjoyable year of fixtures. As always we welcome new members and if you would like to join the Society then please contact Phil Hine, email: philhine@dircon.co.uk.

Phil Hine

Blundell’s Charity Golf Day Thursday 21st October 2010

We were treated to wonderful weather for our Charity Golf Day held at Woodbury Park Golf and Country Club on Thursday 21st October, on the truly superb Oaks championship course. Twelve teams turned out to compete for a wealth of prizes and to support Devon Air Ambulance Trust and the Peter Blundell Foundation Award provision during the October half term.

Winning Team: the Pynn brothers Winning Team: Father and son Addoll Team Klinkenberg

The winning overall team included current pupil Gary Abdoll partnered by his father Gerald and Old Blundellian brothers Matt and Tom Pynn. There were two equal second teams: Peter Klinkenberg, Housemaster of Westlake, with guests Steve Ripley and Simon Curling and former housemaster of Francis House Norman Ridgeway. The other team comprised last year’s winners Governor Cedric Clapp and Old Blundellians Ross Aldridge, Richard Swarbrick and Graham Howe.

Parents Boylett, Clarke, Birchmore, Parry Old Boys Clapp, Swarbrick, Howe, Aldridge OB Tony & Tim Frost and Guests Mr & Mrs Darby

Best Man of the day was parent Lester Kemp and Best Lady guest Jane Darby. Best pupil was Tom Ansell who also won the ‘Nearest the Pin’ on the 18th hole. Best Old Blundellian was Tom Pynn, Best Parent was Giles Boylett, and Best Guest was won by David Parry and Norman Reidgeway equally. Longest drive on the 8th was won by Peter Klinkenberg and Longest drive on the 14th by Cedric Clapp with the only other prize-winner being Mark Hunt who secured Nearest the Pin on the 5th.

Pupil Tom Ansell John Smith, Jack Menheneott, Paul Middleton, Terry Moss Head Master with Heads from Manor House Jim Massey and  Chilton Cantelo John Price

There were numerous Raffle prize-winners and we are extremely grateful to Total Decor who donated the first prize of £500 of Interior Design. A huge thank you to all our sponsors which included The Jolly Vintner, Travis Perkins Ltd, Maindenhead Independent Ltd, Tiverton Golf Club and our hosts Woodbury Park Golf and Country Club and of course to all our participants who ensured we had the most enjoyable day. Please do come again next year.

An exuberant Andrew Jeffery OB Parents Team Horsey, Asher, Venner, Kemp

Cyril Gray competition (over-50s)

We had a very successful tournament. Having lost to Dulwich in the first round we won the plate beating Wrekin 2-1, Chigwell 3-0, Glenalmond 21/2 -1/2 and Rossall 2-1 in the final. The final was close; we won the two deciding matches down the 18th.

Team
Our team left to right (photo on first tee) was Ron March, Richard Hine, Peter Crews, Philip Hine, Peter Lowe and Paul Vicary.
Presentation
The photo at the presentation left to right  Peter Lowe, Paul Vicary, Richard Hine, Phil Hine, Ross Aldridge, Peter Crews and Ron March.

Peter Lowe played in the matches up to the semi-final and Ross Aldridge replaced Peter in the semis and final (Peter was playing with William Moberly in the senior Cyril Gray (minimum combined age 140) and they came 3rd).

Phil Hine

Blundell's Golf Day Sunday 27th September 2009

Fifty six OBs, parents and friends of Blundell’s enjoyed the annual Blundell’s Golf Day at Bovey Castle on Sunday 27th September.

The winning team, plus Paul Waterworth and Dagmar Armstrong   Amber Oliver and Peter Klinkenberg doctoring the results   Liam Lewis collects his prize

The weather was perfect and pre-dinner drinks were taken on the terrace overlooking Dartmoor. After the dinner, the Head Master presented the prizes and Judge Paul Waterworth, OB Club Chairman, drew the raffle prizes. The winning four were Graham Howe, Ross Aldridge, Richard Swarbrick and Cedric Clapp. Best OB player, outside the above four, was Liam Lewis. It is hoped to repeat the day at the same venue next year and details will be posted on the website as soon as a date is agreed.

OBs v Old Shirburnians

Cedric Clapp organised the annual fixture at Burnham and Berrow on Sunday 1st March. This was the 50th anniversary of this fixture taking place at Burnham and Berrow and the 70th anniversary of the fixture itself.

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Cedric organised events immaculately with the exception of the result. Old Shirburnians  triumphed 4-1 in a foursomes competition played in fantastic weather.

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The photographs show Cedric putting out on the 18th, players and guests enjoying lunch and presentations.

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