Final – 5.5 University v Alumni 9.5
Alumni win back the Northcote Trophy
This year’s Northcote Trophy Alumni team was under new leadership in the form of Roger Peek. Following several inspirational team talks, the Alumni challenged the students in every match, in what was a very closely contested and enjoyable weekend of team golf.
For the 2016 match the Sunday venue again was Dawlish Warren GC for singles matches with a new venue of East Devon GC being introduced for the Saturday fourballs. This new course was warmly welcomed by alumni and students alike and a different challenge was posed to all on the slick heathland greens.
Saturday’s fourballs saw the Alumni take a 3 - 2 lead with Craig Townsend and Sean Mason putting an early point on the board before two very close games resulted in half matches on the 18th green. A hard earned win by all female scholar pairing of Alex Saunders and Molly Haslam brought the students level with some fine shot making in the breeze. The last pairing of local favourite Duncan Goldsworthy and alumni veteran Mark Taylor showed that local knowledge and experience pays with a fine 6&4 win. 3-2 advantage Alumni!
Now to the students for their account of Sunday’s singles:
The students regrouped and shuffled their pack sending out 4th team champions Judd and Mann to try and get early points on the board. Again the Alumni started strongly though with Mason and Taylor putting points on the board in these first two matches. Will Chivers managed to get a ½ for the students in game 3 but by the time Tom Foot won handsomely in match 6 for the students, the Alumni were 7 ½ points up and only looking for another ½ point to take the trophy.
Harrie Llewellyn showed some fighting spirit winning 2&1 for the students in game 7 but all a little too late with Chris Hayter securing the win with another birdie at the 12th with a putt from out of the green side rough. The Trophy was heading back into Alumni hands for the fourth time and tying up the contest 4-4 over 8 years.
Alumni captain, Roger Peek was full of praise for his Alumni team but also had words of encouragement for student captain Jack Sears and his team who played with a smile and fun approach to all facets of the weekend.
“Establishing the Alumni Golf Day and the Northcote Trophy 10 years ago has brought together different generations of alumni and students and helped to build Exeter’s reputation as the top UK golfing university. My congratulations to Jack, Steve and Craig for another great BUCS golf season in 2015/16. It has been a memorable contest this weekend and a huge thank you to East Devon and Warren Golf Clubs for their warm welcome to the Alumni and student teams.”
Craig Townsend Alumni team member and High Performance Manager commented, "It’s great welcoming the Alumni members back to Exeter and playing against the current students. It was a fantastic weekend with a great atmosphere and a new venue at East Devon which was real test for everyone playing. Roll on the Alumni Golf Day at St. Georges Hill in August and a chance to promote all things Exeter."
Northcote Trophy 2016 – University v Alumni
Saturday 23 Fourball matches (East Devon Golf Club):
- Jack Sears & Steve Buzza v Craig Townsend & Sean Mason won 2&1
- Harry Judd & Adam Meadows ½ v Simon Hudd & Roger Peek ½
- Will Chivers & Tom Foot ½ v Dave Watson & John Gilbert ½
- Molly Haslam & Alex Saunders won 3&1 v Chris Hayter and Phillip Kimberley
- Ben Alexander & Harrie Llewellyn v Duncan Goldsworthy & Mark Taylor won 6&4
Fourballs: 2 University v Alumni 3
Sunday 24 Singles matches (Warren Golf Club):Harry Judd v Sean Mason won 1 hole
- Jeremy Mann v Mark Taylor won 3&1
- Will Chivers ½ v Roger Peek ½
- Joe Carmody-Firth v Craig Townsend won 3&2
- Jack Sears v Phillip Kimberley won 1 hole
- Tom Foot won 7&6 v John Gilbert
- Harrie Llewellyn won 2&1 v Simon Hudd
- Alex Broggio v Chris Hayter won 8&6
- Adam Meadows v Dave Watson won 4&2
- Robin Elliott won 5&4 v Duncan Goldsworthy
Singles: 3.5 University v Alumni 6.5
Final – 5.5 University v Alumni 9.5
Date: 25 May 2016