This weekend, the Blues experience their first of many double headers in Surrey over the coming year- a county famous for its impeccably presented courses on rolling stretches of woody heath-land. On a cold, crisp Saturday morning, the team rolled up to the St George’s Hill in high spirits which were only lifted further upon catching the first glimpse of he glorious clubhouse, thought to be the main inspiration for Ian van Dahl’s ‘90s trance classic ‘Castles in the Sky’. The golf however, did not quite follow suit as Oxford’s first four pairs were all taken down in tight matches by a strong St George’s Hill top order, where local knowledge on some tough greens proved to be the deciding factor. Oxford’s tail wagged enough to keep things competitive over lunch, with some strong performances from the partnership of Captain Reynolds and Charteris-Black, and the ever-robust Bastianello and Ryan in the anchor match. Due to the restrictive constraints of the fading light and the delicious sirloin steak at lunch, the afternoon round was truncated into a 9 hole fourball better-ball sprint. Oxford started strongly and were unlucky only to get two halves from the top 3 games against some quality opposition. Unfortunately, the tail could not save Oxford this time as the home side pressed home their post lunch advantage to eventually win the fixture 8-4, despite a gutsy win off bottom from Seely and Wilson to salvage some pride for the team.
After a fabulous evening of fine dining and world beating hospitality from Mr and Mrs van Wijk, the team headed down the road to the Wisley looking to improve on the previous days performance, on a course which is rumoured to host ‘Nessie’ in the enormous lake next to the par 5 11th to catch some sun in the summer months. The match was played over one round in the format of ‘combined better-ball/singles’, to which both of Oxfords opening pairs gained maximum point due to some foreign flare from our beloved South African Ceonraad van Wyk and the other van Wijk, who put his local knowledge and canny course management to good use. Despite the best efforts of the Rioja-wielding Bo ‘The Big Daddy’ van Wijk the night before, the Blues dominance was hammered home right the way through the order to bring home an emphatic 12.5-5.5 victory.
This convincing win ought to reinstate a healthy bout of confidence within the ranks in preparation for next weekend's trip to engage in golfing combat with the men of the South West