From our Academic Head of Years 10 & 11 Mr Phil McComish:
April 18th 2019 saw 35 intrepid golfers take on the might of Dunston Hall’s undulations and tricky pin positions. Armed with a coffee and bacon roll each team played for the Langley Open 2019 trophy as well as individual honours both adult and pupil.
The day started with a putting competition across the putting green; a 6-hole challenge. With most scores coming in at around the 12 mark, level par 2 putt, there was some excitement from Jonathan Wheeler, (who after a freak gardening accident, was unable to play in the proper competition) on his score of 11. Whilst he readied himself for the inevitable play-off, Dean Futter carefully plotted his way around the course with an unbeatable 8, including 4 one-putts, and he picked up the prize of the putting trainer. Clearly he was the one participant who didn’t need it!
Onto the main competition and there was much laughter and enjoyment and the occasional good shot. The sun shone and spirits were high. Everyone managed to get the first tee shot out the way unscathed, although there was a very close call with the Ladies tee for one player…
The nearest the pin was hotly contested with 4 players holding the lead. Some players were so excited about getting close to the 14th pin that they attempted it coming up the 13th fairway…! Eventually, the winner was Murray Pagan, (who had his best round ever) who flew the ball right over the flagstick and finished about 8 size 10 feet away, pipping Robert Stimpson by a couple of ‘feet’.
With the longest drive 17th tee shot came the lack of ability to keep the ball on the fairway! Only 8 players managed it and the best was saved to last when Jack Tarrant cleared the marker that Ben Graves (junior) had just set. A worthy mention to Ximena Avila who was our only female player and was the first name on the nearest the pin and the longest drive marker before someone took over.
The honours list is below. Ben Graves pipped Oliver Cohen to the junior stableford crown and Dean Futter was head and shoulders above the rest with his score of 3 over gross to win the adult Lowest Gross. Murray Pagan had the round of his life (without hitting a wood off of a tee – a lesson to us all?) and just keeping it straight down the middle all day. His 7 over gross was 5 shots better than his personal best and resulted in an easy win with 47 stableford points. Unsurprisingly this helped his team, creatively named ‘Simon Budd team’, win the team prize too.
The 19th hole proved the most competitive with the Jager Bombers living up to their name! A good feed was followed by speeches and prizes and teams staying long into the evening discussing what went wrong, and the Prolet putters paying their fines. I think they all hope that Jonathan is fit next year to play instead of ‘coaching’ them round.
I would like to thank all those that made the day so enjoyable, mostly by taking the golf in the right spirit.