School golf team welcomes back OMs

Golfers at the school were delighted to tee it up against a team of OMs in our annual fixture at Marlborough Golf Club.

Led by Captain of Golf Tom Stephenson-Green (B1 L6), the school team of 10 triumphed in the Greensome pairs format, coming out on top 3.5/1.5.

Some battling golf was played, with scratch player Tom well-supported by his teammates, including Summerfield’s Harry Knight (L6).

There were notable wins for pairings Otto Bartlett (LI HU) and Alex Reihill (C2 HU), Tom Cleverly (SU RE) and Hector Moorhead (TU RE) and Ned Carter and James Macfadyen (both C3 HU).

As well as the golf the fixture was about camaraderie with our Old Marlburian visitors enjoying their time on the course with our golfers.

Remove golfer Mickey Wilkes (C3), who together with Albie Payne (C1, RE) secured a nail-biting half in their match, said our boys had thoroughly enjoyed the match.

“It was great to get out and play with the Oms,” he said. “They were very good players and our match was particularly close.

“It was nice to be able to chat out on the course and find out more about what school had been like in their time here.”

It was a relief to have the fixture back on after its enforced cancellation last year due to Covid.

Included in the OM team were distinguished golfers Bob Carrick (B2 1963-67) and David Niven (C3 1970-73), part of the Old Marlburian’s all-conquering Halford Hewitt golf team of 1972. Also playing as part of a formidable OM lineup were Tim Martin-Jenkins (B3 1961-65), Paul Farrant (C2 1969-71), Paul Sheldon (B3 1967-71), Alasdair Niven (C3 1966-70), Chris Dowling (B2 1966-71), Simon Hall (C1 1974-78) and Iain Macdonald-Smith (B1 1959-63).

Master in charge of golf Joe Lane said: “It was great to welcome back the OM team and for their players to meet the next generation of Marlborough golfers coming through.

“We were so glad to have the match back on after we were unable to play it last year and we look forward to welcoming OMs back for their match versus the staff in September.”