Golf News and Results:
St Andrew's College Golf Day - Bedford
Forty players entering a betterball Stableford competition on the St Andrews golf Day were greeted with gusting westerly winds and greens running well in excess of 10 on the stimp meter – this after a week of obscenely cold weather and monumental frosts , such that even the ‘’Brass Monkey’’ stayed at home . With a well played 46 points , the champion golfers of the day were Crighton Pringle and David Girdwood . Good to have Crighton , Birdies Kelly foursomes partner playing good golf again .
2nd on 44 , Ms B.Church and Ms N. Painter
3rd on 43 , Ms E.Bowker and R.Rush
4th on 42 , Ms N . White and Ms N. Beamish
5th on 42 , C.Lock and A . Labuschagne
6th on 41 M.Paul and M.Rosslee
7th on 40 A.White and C.Wienand
8th on40 H.Haarkonsen and L.Hoefenagels
9th on 39 L.Pringle and H.Ainslie
10th on 39 Ms.Vorster and J.Burgess
Closest to the pin on 4/13 , Richard Jackson and on 7/16 , Christopher Brockwell while Mrs Biffy Bowker was closest on the par four 6/15 . Congratulations to Mrs Marcelle Ainslie on completing her first 18 holes in competition . These results are given in extenso
This special golf day was supplied by St Andrews College , The Diocesan School for Girls and St Andrews Preparatory School – they not only sponsored the tournament , the prizes , presupper drinks but also the dinner and for this the committee and members are grateful and very appreciative . Thank you to Derek Bowker who arose from his sick bed not only to repair the pipe supplying water to the course destroyed as a result of the recent fire , started under suspicious circumstances but also to direct the Green Staff for preparation of the course . The good scores attest to this and very appropriate to the significance of the St Andrews Golf Day . Thank you is also extended to our Ladies and Golf Widows for sorting out the draw , the décor in the club house and for providing such delicious teas and eats . The vibrant atmosphere at the end of the day was such that the large posse of entrants from Grahamstown have assured us they will be back next year , they will be very welcome .
Golf vs Grey High School 30 May
Eight St Andrew’s College golfers competed against Grey High School on a blustery Friday afternoon at the Humewood Links. Although the conditions were not suited for low scoring, it levelled the playing fields against an extremely strong Grey team. The College boys performed well with victories from Luke Birrell and Byron Sharwood; and Chris Long enjoyed a great fight back by halving his game after being 3 down with 3 to play. Kieran Witthuhn and Antony Dakin must also be commended on their performances as they both lost narrowly going down the 18th. The final result ended up with Grey winning 5½ - 2½. The boys can be proud of their efforts as the result could have gone either way
Affies Golf Festival (1 April - 4 April)
The St Andrew’s College golf team participated in the annual Affies Golf Festival hosted by Affies Hoër Skool in Pretoria. The festival has taken place for eight years and St Andrew’s participated for the first time this year. The competition took place over 4 days, against 14 teams and played over 4 courses. This was an incredible opportunity for our boys as they played against some of the top golf schools in the country, on some of the most magnificent courses in the Gauteng region.
After 4 days of intense competition, St Andrew’s College ended in a respectable 10th place overall. A relatively young St Andrew’s team, although inexperienced, played some good golf and showed true character in tough Highveld conditions. The lush Kikuyu rough and Augusta like greens at the Els Club, Zwartkops, Woodhill and Silver Lakes proved to be an extremely difficult challenge for all the teams in the competition.
Notable performances during the festival include:
- Chris Long and Bryon Sharwood shooting the top 2 College scores on a Day 1 with a 78 and 84 respectively. Chris’ score placed him in the top 8 after the 1st day.
- Byron Sharwood and Ross Wortley played well in the Individual Stableford format on the 2nd Day, which kept St Andrew’s College in close contact with Grey High School, Grey College 2nds and Clifton.
- The combination of Nic Poole and Chris Long as well as Bruce Phillips and Byron Sharwood shot 30 and 28 points respectively in the Betterball Stableford format on Day 3.
- And finally a fantastic 5 – 1 victory over Grey College 2nds in the Individaul Matchplay with a convincing victory for Justin Taylor (9 and 7) and a competitive clash for Ross Wortley, in which he won his match 2 and 1, to give us the overall placing of 10th in the festival.
Overall, the St Andrew’s College team can be pleased with their performance. It’s tournaments like these that not only teaches players an enormous amount about their own individual games’, but more importantly, the life lessons that come along with playing such a challenging and traditional game such as golf. The boys must be commended on their excellent conduct on and off the course, and represented the school superbly. This experience bodes well for future events and we look forward to making a strong challenge next year.
Grey High Schools Links Festival of Golf
U16 St Andrew’s College pupils recently represented the school at this new event, hosted by Grey High School in Port Elizabeth. It is a unique event in that there are not many festivals that allow inter-schools golf at U16 level, thereby giving younger players better exposure at competitive golf. This festival was also unique in that it was hosted on two very fine Links golf courses that are ranked in the top 20 in the country, Humewood and St Francis Links. The St Andrew’s College team struggled on Day 1, leaving themselves too much ground to catch up on Days 2 and 3, yet can be very proud of the way that they did rise to the challenge and show that they can compete at this level. Anthony Dakin must be commended on being the top St Andrew’s golfer for all three days as well as being awarded the Best Nett prize on Day 2, held at the very challenging St Francis Links course. St Andrew’s College ended the competition in 5th position.
St Andrew’s College pupil Ross Wortley played in the Katberg Junior Foundation Tournament, where he finished 4th in the U19 division. At the culmination of this tournament he was subsequently selected to represent Border at an inter-provincial tournament to be held in East London.
Golf Report - 19 June 2013
Over the past three weeks various College sides have been involved in golf matches against their counterparts from Grey, Queen's and Selborne. Against Grey we were able to field both a senior and a junior side with the junior coming away with a very pleasing 4-2 win, whilst the senior team went down 5-1 despite some very good golf from Charl Pellissier and Ross Wortley who both halved their matches.
Against Queen's the College side did well to come away with a 3-2 victory.
We played against Selborne at the Fish River Sun and while some matches were close, the more experienced players from Selborne were able to hole the crucial putts and came away with a 5-1 victory. Nikos Aylett was the only St Andrew's College player to win his match.
Congratulations to Ross Wortley who has been selected to participate in the South African Gold Association U17 Inter-Provincial at Mount Edgecombe during half-term.
19 September Inter-House Golf and Individual Champs:
On Sunday 53 golfers took to the Grahamstown Golf Course to take part in the Inter-house event and the Individual School Championships. In the Inter-house event Armstrong, led by Bryce Bosman and Ross Wortley upset the more fancied Upper team, winning by a narrow 2 shots.Graham were placed 3rd, Merriman 4th, Espin 5th and Mullins 6th. In the Individual Champs Bryce Bosman showed his class on the Grahamstown Course with a solid round of 75, to win by 4 shots in the senior event, ahead of Kieran Witthuhn. In the junior championships, Ant Dakin and Ross Wortley found themselves tied after 18 holes, with both boys scoring 28 points on the day. A playoff followed down the 10th hole and a good up and down from a tough lie meant that Wortley took the title. Well done to all the players who played in what was a very enjoyable event. Would Bryce and Ross please come up and receive their prizes and the Captain of Armstrong the IM Morton trophy for the Inter-house event.
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At the start of the August holiday the St Andrew's College golf team took part in the inaugural Independent Schools Golf Festival hosted by Oakhill College in Knysna. Nine teams took part in the Festival, but unfortunately due to the heavy rains of late in the Southern Cape we were not able to get onto the courses originally scheduled. Contingency plans were made and the competition was held on Goose Valley in Plettenberg Bay and Oubaai in Herolds Bay. The team, comprising Michael Houghton, Jason Baggott, Fletcher Grafton and Ronald Gibson acquitted themselves very well considering the difficult format of the competition and can be pleased with their final third placing, after being in 6th place after Day 1.
In another event, Ross Wortley competed in the 54 hole Katberg Border Junior Golf Foundation tournament, after which he was selected for the Border u15 side to compete in an Inter-provincial tournament in October.
Well done to Ross and the four boys who represented the school on their achievements.
Golf vs Queens 1 June 2012:
The top 6 College golfers took on their Queens counterparts at the Grahamstown Golf Club on Friday afternoon in what turned out to be a very tight affair. With Charl Pellissier and Bryce Bosman winning their matches comfortably, it was left to Dylan Thompson to seal a draw for the College team, the final result being 3 matches each. Well done to the golfers that took part in the match and we look forward to playing against Selborne later on in the term as they are unable to play this week.
16 College golfers made there way to the Walmer Country Club on Friday 26 May to take on their Grey counterparts.
For the first time in many years College was able to field both a senior and a junior team for a school fixture and hopefully we will see this becoming more regular in the fixtures that lie ahead. Both the senior and junior sides went down 6 matches to 2, with Bryce Bosman, Charl Pellissier, Anthony Dakin and Bruce Phillips winning their respective matches. Well done to all involved as we look forward to a fixture against Queens this Friday.
On Sunday27 May, Bryce Bosman and Jason Baggott represented the Grahamstown A League side against Port Alfred A in the PE and Districts League. Both boys played their part in Grahamstown winning the fixture 14-4.
Twenty College golfers played at the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club on Sunday 19 May, with the top five players involved in a fixture against Port Alfred High School and Kingswood. The College team played well to comfortably see off both schools, with the best gross score being a 75 by Charl Pellissier. Port Alfred are looking to make this a regular fixture in the months ahead. In the Individual Stableford Competition for all twenty College players, Mitch Foster stole the honours with 43 points, followed by Charl Pellissisier on 42 and Richard David on 38. Well done to all the golfers on making this a wonderful day out.
May 2012: Over the holidays Ross Wortley was included in the Border U15 Golf team that took part in the Nomads SA u15 Team and Individual Strokeplay Championships held in Somerset West from 27 April to 01 May 2012.
Conditions were extremely tough over the four days of the tournament and Ross must be commended for the positive manner in which he came back in his final round. Well done to him on his selection and congratulations are in order for the way in which he represented the school and the province at this prestigious tournament.
Bryce Bosman and Dylan Thompson returned from the Dainfern National College Golf Championships late last night after putting in a creditable performance over the past three days. The championships were held at the Dainfern Country Club; the course was in immaculate condition, with the greens getting progressively quicker as the tournament went on. College were handily placed after day 1 but let things slip slightly over the last two days to finish mid-table out of the 50 participating teams, still far better than they have done in the past few tournaments they have played in. Well done to the two boys.
Inter-house and Individual Golf Championships:
On Sunday 18 September 42 boys and 4 staff made the trip to Alicedale for the Inter-house and Individual Golf Champs that were held at the Gary Player designed Bushman Sands Golf Course. The weather was good with the course in better condition than last year. Whilst some players found the going tough, an enjoyable day was had by all. In the Inter-house competition Upper comfortably saw off the challenges of the other houses to win the event with 96 points, followed by Espin on 78 and Armstrong on 69. The senior individual event was won by Michael Houghton on 29 points, with Anthony Everard in second on 24 points. The junior competition was far closer with Anthony Dakin and Keiran Wittuhn having to play in a sudden death playoff down the 18th to decide the winner after both had finished on 24 points. With both players looking extremely nervous on their approaches to the 18th green, it was Dakin who eventually triumphed, sinking a 4 foot putt to seal the victory.
Bryce Bosman and Jason Baggott played in the Fish River Junior Championships over the weekend, one of the bigger Border Foundation Tournaments on the calendar. Both players did well with Bosman finishing in 2nd place in the A division, 1 stroke behind the eventual winner, and Baggott 5th, also in the A division. Well done to both players.
During the holidays Bryce Bosman, Michael Houghton, Dylan Thompson and Jason Baggott travelled to Johannesburg for a practice round at the River Club before travelling on to Sun City to take part in the International Schools Golf Tournament hosted by St Johns College.
The competition was as tough as always and whilst the College side got off to a very positive start on Day 1, things unravelled very quickly on the lightning fast greens of the Gary Player Golf Course on Day 2. The College side fought hard over the last two days but had left themselves too much to do to improve on their previous best position at the tournament. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful experience for the team to be exposed to such a high level of golf; their behaviour both on and off the course was exemplary and through the contacts made we have been invited to participate in another schools tournament hosted by Dainfern College in March next year.
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Assembly notice 13 July:
Congratulations to Bryce Bosman who played in a number of prestigious golf events in the Western Cape over the half-term. In the Westlake Junior Open he was placed 2nd out of a field of 70 in the A division and in the Glacier Junior Series held at Erinvale he was tied 4th in the A division out of 79 players. Well done to Bryce.
This past Sunday Ross Wortley took part in the Glacier Junior Series held in East London and did well to finish 1st in the B division. Congratulations to him on a great achievement in his first Border tournament.
K Day Golf 2011:
Congratulations to Ross and Steve Daly for winning the Fathers and Sons' K Day Golf. Ross is seen below with the trophy and R5000 cheque (donated by the Fish River Sun for the winning school)
5 June 2011
On Friday 7 golfers travelled to Queenstown to play against Queens in our annual fixture. The condition of the course was tough and only Tyler Paul managed to overcome his Queens opponent, whilst a number of the other College players suffered narrow defeats at the hands of boys with far more matchplay experience.
Sunday 4 boys travelled to Stutterheim to take part in a Border Junior Golf Foundation Tournament held at the Stutterheim Country Club. Jason Baggott won his division, whilst Ant Dakin came second overall in the Best Net competition amongst all the competitors on the day. At the prize-giving Bryce Bosman was selected to represent Border at the Aliwal Hex tournament later on this term. Well done to him and to all the College golfers.
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11 October 2010: Congratulations to Jason Baggot and Bryce Bosman who have been selected for the Border U16 Golf side to take part in an Inter-Provincial tournament at Katberg Eco-Golf Estate over half term.
At the Fish River Junior Open, a Border Junior Golf Foundation Tournament held over the weekend (31 July) Bryce Bosman played well to win the B Division. Congratulations to him.
At the conclusion of the tournament it was also announced that Jason Baggott and Dylan Thompson have been selected for the Border U16 and U18 sides respectively to take part in an Inter-provincial tournament to be held at the end of September in Somerset West. Congratulations to both these boys.
Golf vs Queens:
Eight College boys represented the school in a match against the Border Schools Golf Champions, Queens at the Grahamstown Golf Club on Friday 14 May. Conditions were good and the College boys did well to win the match by 5 matches to 3, with James Price, Bryce Bosman, Jason Baggott, Michael Houghton and Murray Leith winning their matches.Well done to the team on a good performance.
Last Sunday, 9 May 2010, a group of five College golfers competed in the West Bank Junior Championships in East London.
Conditions were perfect and a number of good scores were recorded, the best being a level par 72 by Dylan Thompson. Dylan went on to win the B division with Bryce Bosman in third with a good second round score of 74. Bryce was placed first on the day in the Best Nett competition. After the prize-giving the Border Under 16 team was announced for the upcoming Inter-provincial tournament to be held in Aliwal North during the holidays. Jason Baggott was selected to represent this team.Well done to all the golfers.
Inter-House Golf 25 April 2010:
On Sunday, 25 April 2010, 46 St Andrew’s College boys went through to Alicedale to play the Individual and Inter-House Golf competitions on the Bushman Sands Golf and Country Estate. Conditions were not easy with the fairways very patchy and difficult to play off. The greens were good but difficult to read and this was reflected in the scores during the day. In the Senior Division Anthony Everard was placed 1st with 28 points, followed by Michael Houghton and Joshua Nuttall on 23 points. In the Junior Division, Charl Pellissier won with 26 points, closely followed by Jason Baggott on 25 points.
In the overall Inter-House competition, where the top 4 scores from each House counted, Upper emerged comfortable winners on 94 points, followed by Graham on 78 and Espin on 76.
My thanks to all the boys that turned out to play on the day. Spirits were high and much laughter could be heard across the course.
Well done to both boys and to Upper on their Inter-House victory.