Parents and Sons’ Golf Competition
On a glorious Sunday afternoon, the utterly unique Elstree golf course offered a challenging venue for the annual Parents and Sons’ golf tournament. The combination of benches, athletics hurdles, cricket nets & sightscreens as well as very immobile pavilions seemed to make the route from tee to green more difficult than ever, but eighteen boys and their adult partners stepped up to the challenge.
Some arrived early to have a quick chip and putt before play started and soon it was clear that even spectators needed to be on their toes. Some players used the facilities to their advantage, notably Hamish whose tee shot on the 8th went through branches of a tree, bounced on the steps of the 1st XI Pavilion, landed on a bench and rolled off to within 1m of the flag – a remarkable shot that would have made Rory McIlroy proud!
It was great to see a number of younger players make their debut in the event and the final scoring was very, very close, with only 4 shots separating the top six teams. The longest drives on the 7th were won by Mr Inglis and Toby who was only a few yards behind his Headmaster. The nearest the pin prizes went to Ignacio and Mr Antelme, who won the adult section with virtually the last tee shot of the day.
After the final totting up of the net scores, Edward and his father emerged as winners, closely followed by Carlo and his father. All the competitors then retired to the terrace for prize-giving and some well-earned refreshments.