The OUGC enjoyed a fantastic weekend on the outskirts of Birmingham with matches against Little Aston and The Wigorns at Blackwell.
Thank-you to the Fitzpatricks for hosting the team at your family home. Your generous hospitality was greatly appreciated. Two flavoursome renditions of Britain’s national dishes, the beef wellington and chicken tikka masala, truly changed the Australian contingent’s once maligned perception of this country’s culinary depth.
Captain Fitzpatrick warned that Little Aston would field a very talented side. The dark blues’ task was made even more difficult as the snow started to fall early on Saturday morning. Murray Legh, native of ‘Australia’s Sunshine State’and having not witnessed snow before, brilliantly adapted to the conditions using his wood covers as mittens. Unfortunately, this and other notable efforts from the likes of Lucas Moore and Carl Rietschel could not prevent Little Aston from taking a lead into lunch.
The lunch was a very festive affair earmarked by a wonderful meal and consumption of double port and brandy, kummel, Guinness, wine and more kummel. Nick Wells’ post-lunch wayward strides suggested that lunch was more akin to a heavy drinking session in Park End’s VIP with the sweet-talking Monty Cooper.
Ed Springett succumbed to internal pressure remarkably leaking his two Pro-Vs into the drink on the first hole after lunch. Temporarily playing through soggy and damp conditions, Sponge wrung himself out to win the second hole in unquestionably one of the great OUGC comebacks. The poetry of James Sully’s own comeback was reminiscent of the writings of Banjo Patterson. Despite bleeding five holes early, James was able to string it together to halve his match. The Little Aston side ensured that these comebacks were short-lived with the home club recording a resounding win. (12.5 – 2.5)
The winding back of the clocks on Saturday night afforded the team an extra hour of sleep before attempting to fashion a win against the Wigorns at Blackwell.
Adam Barker aptly referenced Britain’s answer to Banjo Patterson, William Shakespeare, in his detailed account of the history of Warwick and surrounding region. Reminiscent of the drama of an early Shakespearean play, this year’s fixture saw the Fitzpatrick brothers return to their home club in matches against their father. Wiser heads prevailed in the morning match with Fitzpatrick Senior and Noel Muscat edging out Harry and Nick Wells. Despite having the read of the Blackwell greens, Rory Giddins and Paul Rowlinson were not able find enough fairways on the back nine and eventually came unstuck on the 16th. The match ended with a Giddins swan-dive into the green side bunker. Difficulty of dive, 6.5. Difficulty of pitch shot, 10.0.
Blackwell’s 18thhole provided a stadium like atmosphere as the final groups closed out their afternoon rounds. Bruce Fitzpatrick and Giddins responded in the afternoon father-son match, breathing life into the OUGC with a solid point. However, the Wigorns touch and composure under pressure ensured that the home side eventually prevailed in a hard fought contest. (7-5)
Oxford University Golf Club would like to extend its deepest thanks to the Fitzpatrick family, The Wigorns and Little Aston Golf Club for a fantastic weekend.