Our second annual Culford Golf Day kicked off with a warm welcome from Tony Dartnell the captain of our host club Flempton. Once again we returned to the stunning nine-hole course nestled in the Suffolk countryside that so many of those associated with Culford know and love.
Nine Old Culfordians were joined by ten talented pupils, seven parents and seven Flempton members to play Texas Scramble with a shot gun start. Teams of three were formed with one pupil, one OC, and one parent or Flempton member with our Director of Golf, Lawrence Dodd, joining each team for one hole. Assistant Head Dave Watkin and Sports Coach Charlie Sadler also took part in the game with their respective teams. Texas Scramble allowed for a fun and inclusive game for players of all abilities, and also encouraged different generations of Culfordians to get to know each other a little better over the course of eighteen holes. Luckily the teams beat the rain which arrived just as the players retired to the clubhouse for a well-deserved lunch.
With the scoreboard complete and the desserts consumed the results were ready to be announced by Culford’s Prep School Headmaster Mike Schofield. In third place Henry Meadows (U3 pupil), Richard Bryson (OC 1970-1976), and Stuart Green (OC 1963-1973) who each won a Titliest hat and a sleeve of Pro V1 golf balls. In second place Nihal Shah (L6 pupil), Stephen Challacombe (OC 1958-1964 and Governor), and Tim Wilcox (parent) who each won a Titliest essentials backpack. The winning team was William Kibbler (L6 pupil), Chris Rout (OC 1975-1979), and Kevin Mason (member) who each won a Titliest carry bag.
Nearest the Pin 5th and 14th Hole – Richard Bryson (OC)
Nearest the Pin 9th and 18th Hole – Luke Green (L5 pupil)
Longest Drive 4th and 13th – Tied Louis Clark (OC 2004-2010) and Matt Chambers (Parent)
Each player won two sleeves of Pro V1 golf balls.
A special thanks to Kate Clark for being a top supporter on the day and to Edward Hirst (OC 1990-2001) for travelling all the way from Norway.
"The Culford Golf Day was an amazing experience. It was interesting to hear about how different Culford was when the Old Culfordians attended and how much it has changed over the years. On the other hand it was also surprising just how much is still the same. The golf may not have been the best but it was still one of the most fun rounds of golf I have played in a very long time and it was great to see all the Old Culfordians in high spirits and competitive mind-sets. I look forward to next year’s golf day and even the prospect of playing one as an Old Culfordian in the future."
Nihal Shah (L6 pupil)
To see pictures of the day please click here.
We hope to see all of the OCs again for the Autumn Golf meet coming up in October, (details will be released nearer the time).