The Brighton College golf team took on the Old Brightonians Golf Society last Thursday. The event was held at the Dyke Golf Club. Both sides fielded a slightly depleted team - as a result of injuries or important cricket fixtures.
Representing the school, Toby and Oli Graves went out first against Julian Hunt (D. 1984-87) and Geoffrey Bush (H. 1965-70), and after some great putting and 3 birdies on the first nine the pupils were 1 up. However, the OBs battled back on the homeward nine with their own birdie charge to earn a half. Ben Roberts and Ed Kittow played Julian Tate (D. 1982-87) and Tom Hayward (D. 2002-06).
The early part of the match was characterised by solid golf from both teams, and the first 5 holes were halved. On the back nine the OBs started to pull away after birdies on 12 and 13 and the strong showing in the later part of the round saw them eventual winners, 2 and 1. The match between Mr Sperring and Chris Pett (H. 1962-67) was not as close as the other matches - after a shaky opening hole Mr Sperring was 1 over par through the next 13 holes, and it would be indelicate to say anything other than this match finished with holes to spare. Overall, then, the match was halved with both sides securing 1 and a half points.
This was the first time in a few years that this fixture has been played, but it looks certain that it will become an annual event in the golfing calendar.