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COVID-19

As schools are now closed and golf courses also closed, the National Finals due to be played at Huntercombe in early July have inevitably been cancelled.

Schools may well return in September and golf provides a good opportunity for self-distancing sport. Golf courses should be open and schools may find an increased demand for golf as a sport.

Entries for the 2020/21 season have been made and we have 71 schools signed up for the knock-out stages. They will be arranged into 8 new regions instead of the normal 6. This will allow for some longer deadlines, shorter journeys and the chance to play against different schools for some.
Huntercombe has kindly offered the same dates for next year so the National Finals are set for Thur 1st July and Friday 2nd July 2021.

The HMC Singles competition is still planned for Tuesday 6th October 2020 at The Berkshire.

Let's hope that we and our students can soon get back to the golf course soon but we may have to be prepared to play the game in a somewhat altered way until the virus is conquered.

HMC 2019 Singles Tournament

A field of 56 players (48 boys and 8 girls) from 21 schools contested the fifth HMC Singles Tournament on the Red Course of The Berkshire Golf Club on Tuesday 8th October.

In 2018, the courses had suffered from the Summer drought but a huge effort by the club to repair the damaged fairways has brought them back to their pristine best. Apart from a short rain burst, the players enjoyed the pleasant Autumn conditions.

The average handicap of those playing was 3.2 which highlights how many good golfers are to be found in HMC Schools. In many schools, golf is becoming more mainstream and popular although there is still much to do to encourage more girls to play.

In the girls� event, Harriet Lockley�s 75 was enough to win the Girls� Championship Cup � Harriet�s Millfield compatriot, Ellie Laace, was runner-up on 78. Their performances were enough to secure Millfield the Girls� Team Prize.

There was a three-way tie on 71 for the boys� competition. The usual countback rules gave Riccardo Fantanelli (Whitgift) the HMC Singles Trophy with Josh Hamnett (Rossall) the Runner-Up Salver. Yago Rio Aja from Worth was the third player who scored the one-under par score of 71. There were no fewer than four players scoring level par 72�s and many others with scores in the low to mid-70�s. Rossall won the Boys� Team Salver with Whitgift second and Bedford third.

Fitting 56 players into an Autumn afternoon was a tight squeeze but all got round in the daylight thanks to the Club giving us a two-tee start, the players adopting a good pace of play and the ever-vigilant coaches acting as starters, ball-spotters, organisers and supporters. 

This competition continues to grow in popularity and next year we will try to increase capacity by playing in 3-balls on the Berkshire Blue Course with a two-tee start.

Results

Girls� individual
75 Harriet Lockley (Millfield)
78 Ellie Laace ( Millfield) 
79 Liv Sinnes (Charterhouse)
81 Alex Jakins (Gordon�s)
81 Ella Hammond-Baveystock (Wellington)

Girls� team
153 Millfield 
163 Gordon�s

Boys� individual
71 Riccardo Fantanelli (Whitgift)
71 Josh Hamnett (Rossall)
71 Yago Rio Aja (Worth)
72 Max Hayward (Warwick)
72 Dominic Barron-Holden (Rossall)
72 Josh Fallows (Rossall) 
72 Pannawit Leelalumbert (Bedford)
73 Justin Chan (Wellington)
73 Oscar Fowler (Bradfield)
74 Oliver Dickman (Winchester)
75 James Earl (Tonbridge)
75 Austin Gambel (Reed�s)
75 Tom Youds (Stowe)
75 Rocky Chapman (Whitgift)

Boys� team
144 Rossall
146 Whitgift
148 Bedford
152 Reed�s
153 Tonbridge
154 Millfield
154 Wellington

Barry Wild
HMCFG Organiser

Photos of the event can be viewed below. Click on a photo and use the zoom on your device. Click on the arrow to see a slideshow.



HMC Foursomes Regional Rounds

The regional draws for the 2019/20 season are alongside on the left of the page
It is the responsibility of both schools to contact each other to arrange their match.
It is essential that the following deadlines are kept.

First round played by end of October 2019 (but by end September if possible)
Second round played by end of December 2019 ( but by end of October if possible)
Semi-final played by end of Spring Term 2020
Final played by end of May 2020 but preferably before public exams start in mid-May.

The Rules for the Regional Rounds are below.

Results should be e mailed to me as soon as possible

Barry Wild

Rules for the Regional Rounds 2019/20

1. All matches are to be played between three foursomes pairs as match-play without consideration of handicaps.

2. Only school children in full time education studying a nationally-recognised course of study at their school (e.g. GCSEs or A levels or well-defined equivalents) are eligible to play in the competition.

3. The usual R & A rules for match play should be used. Any disputes in matches must be resolved by the masters i/c the teams.

4. Teams are expected to play their pairs in their presumed order of strength from the top, but this does not mean that they must play their lowest handicappers in the top pair. Whilst this rule is open to interpretation, it is hoped by the Committee that the integrity of Masters in Charge will not need to be brought into question.

5. Girls should play from the equivalent Ladies tees on the course if boys play from the Mens medal tees, girls should play from the Ladies medal tees.

6. Except for the clarification of the Rules of Golf, no-one other that the Team Captain (including Master in Charge, Coach, Golf Professional, Parent, other team member) may communicate with players playing a match and such people should therefore keep an appropriate distance away from players at all times during play. This rule precludes the use of caddies. Contravention of this rule should result in the loss of the hole on which the infringement takes place.

7. If a game is all-square after 18 holes, play must continue until a hole is won and a decision is reached. The only exception to this is when one team has already won two games the third game may be halved.

8. If a school is unable to turn out three pairs on the date arranged for the match, it should inform the opponents beforehand and automatically forfeit the bottom match.

9. The home team has choice of venue, but if the away team has to travel more than 50 miles, a venue must be chosen by the home team which equates the travelling time between the two schools as far as possible.

10. Dates for completion of rounds must be adhered to. Extensions may granted by the Organiser when there are exceptional circumstances, but if there is a significant delay involved, the match will be decided by the toss of a coin.

Regions