17-19 MARCH 2016
Cambridge Blues have lost the 127th University Golf Match by 10 points to 5 at Royal West Norfolk Golf Club.
This was a hugely disappointing result for Cambridge, despite patches of individual brilliance. The club would like to thank the support of legendary President Adrian Dixon and Royal Worlington for another fabulous year. A huge word of thanks much also go to Tommy Hodgson for supporting all of Cambridge golf, as well as keeping supporters informed with his tweets from the course. Finally we would like to thank the OCGS for their continued support. Cambridge will look to build and improve for next year in order to put in a more complete performance.
Cambridge went into the 127th Varsity Golf Match with high hopes of reversing a series of Oxford defeats. A successful season saw the return of five Blues as well as the arrival of David Ryan last years Oxford Captain to hopefully guide his new team to Varsity victory.
As is tradition, the Varsity weekend was kicked off with the Dinner Match on Thursday. The prize: the opportunity to dine at Oxford expense at the post varsity dinner. Cambridge was represented by veteran Felix Hill and fresher Will Entwistle, and they started the match poorly with a resounding foursomes defeat. Despite not playing their best in the morning the team knew they could pull it off in the afternoon in the singles, and Entwistle quickly built up a lead and cruised to a resounding victory 4&3. This meant the match would come down to Hill, with the match evenly poised going into the final few holes. Felix is sometimes accused of over thinking his golf so it is anyone’s guess what was going through his head as he stood in the middle of the 18th fairway with 150 yards into the green. Whatever it was, it worked, as he perfectly floated the ball into the green to close out the match and ensure Oxford was to pay for dinner for another year.
After the foursomes draw on the Thursday morning Cambridge went into Friday’s foursomes confident and after great starts from Ryan & Reisner and Schoenberger & Scheder-Bieschen the mood was high. However the consistent play of Oxford was able to take them to lunch after the first 18, up in three matches with Cambridge up in two. The afternoon message was to start get going quickly as Giddins & Maxwell overturned their lunchtime deficit of 2 holes to lead 2 up after 10 holes in the afternoon. Their good play was not to last, and with a strong Oxford finish the first match was lost 2&1. Defeats were also suffered by Robertson & Barker and Lewicki & Parkes making the final two matches of critical importance. Both pairs certainly delivered, with a convincing win for Reisner & Ryan and a clutch 20 foot birdie on the 16th, securing the win for Schoenberger and Scheder-Bieschin against a former Challenge Tour professional. At 3-2 down the match was all to play for as the draw for Saturday’s singles was made.
Tantalising match ups saw the captains go off first as Robertson battled against his Oxford counter part, settling at lunch 1 down. There were strong starts from Giddins, Maxwell and Schoenberger as they lunched heavily ahead, however the rest of the team struggled in tough morning conditions. Once again it was going to need a big afternoon. However, with some quality golf on display from both teams, Oxford got the better of the crucial contests to take 7 of the Saturday singles and secure the Varsity match 10-5. There were victories for Giddins, who kept the crowd interested before defeating his opponent on the last. Maxwell and Schoenberger both eased to comfortable wins but it was all sadly too late to influence the overall result.