Golf: Portcawl 12.5 Blues 11.5
The Blues came within a point of notching up their first win of the season at the Varsity match venue Royal Porthcawl against a strong Porthcawl side.
The course experience gained could be crucial as Porthcawl will host the Blues in just over a month’s time for the 121st Varsity golf match, where Oxford will be out to avenge their 9-6 defeat at the hands of the light Blues last year.
The weekend began in amazing warm, still and sunny conditions on Saturday, a rarity for a links course on the coast and the Blues responded with two good sessions on day one, winning both the morning foursomes and afternoon singles to take a lead into dinner on Saturday night.
Sayyid Ahmed Said continued his good run of form, picking up some points to add to his victory in the mid-week selection medal, which was a round of 71 and Ruaraidh Stewart, a three-time Blue marked his return to action with two points on the first day.
Sunday morning however, saw the Blues struggle slightly for form, losing a number of narrow games that ultimately handed victory to the hosts by the narrowest of margins 12.5-11.5.
Blues captain John Valley remarked, “it was a bitter pill for the team to swallow, but in the run-up to selection, there were some encouraging individual performances.”
Ruaraidh Stewart managed to convert his 100% 3-point weekend along with last years Blues captain Benoit Ramsay, one of the other more experienced members of the side.
The team heads to Walton Heath and the Berkshire this coming week, with team selection for the Varsity match looming early the following week.
Meanwhile, the infamous Cambridge second team, the Cambridge University Stymies, notorious for their ‘performances’ both on and off the course, stretched their unbeaten run to 3 matches with deserved victories over both Thorpness and Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast.
These victories were all the more meaningful as the Stymies hadn’t beaten either side this side of the millenium.
Stymies Captain Harvey Bradley led from the front with 3 points from 3 for the weekend and there were also strong performances from John Gregson, Nick Patrick and the sides American, Michael Milstein.
This unbeaten run the side are putting together has left the whole team buzzing and confidence is building as the Stymies approach their own Varsity match against the Oxford Divots at Pennard Golf club two days before the Blues match, whom they haven’t beaten since 2007. Maybe this year, they’ll have the edge for Varsity.
Harvey Bradley – Sports Reporter