On Wednesday 11th August, the first of what will hopefully be an annual golf match between Old Pocklingtonians and Old Hymerians took place at the prestigious Ganton Golf Club.
OH captain, Jonathan Leafe brought along a silver (former athletics) trophy which was last competed for in 1946, at a time when Hymers' students had been evacuated to Pocklington during the repeated bombing of Hull. It was decided to re-name this "The Friendship Trophy"; indeed, plenty of "friendly banter" took place before and after the match!
It is fair to say that the mostly higher handicap OH players took advantage of their shots, much to the frustration of the OPs who found the demands of this tough layout rather challenging on the day. The first match, with Richard Clough (84-91) and Denton Guest (69-74) representing the OPs, was halved thanks to Denton holing a long putt on the 18th green. Then it became somewhat of an OH domination, with the OP second pairing of Mike Strong (66-76) and Mark Addison (69-76) going down 6&5 before both the third and fourth pairings of Trevor Loten (70-80) and David Stephenson (77-81) and (captain) Steve St. Quinton (64-74) and Richard Brown (82-87) were defeated 2&1. So, the overall match result was OH 3.5 - 0.5 OP; we are already looking forward to the re-match