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King’s advance in the HMC Foursomes

King’s beat Sutton Valence in the HMC Foursomes to secure a place in round two of the country’s most prestigious school golf tournament.

See the full report from Richard Cook, master of golf, below.


School golf matches are rather idiosyncratic in their nature. More often than not, they are friendlies and one team will often give the other team shots on certain holes, in an attempt to make the match as close as possible. This can lead to a weaker team winning, but the joy of victory is tempered by the fact that the opposition has effectively given them a head start.

However, we enter two national competitions a year, and these involve no such gentlemanly arrangements. No shots are given and no shots are asked for. It is very much ‘mano a mano’. And in the first round of the HMC foursomes at Canterbury GC, King’s was faced with the slightly daunting prospect of facing a Sutton Valence team littered with county representatives. 

Charlie Cook and Christy Francis faced a high quality pair in the opening match and the standard was set high with some booming drives down the 1st. 

A surge through the middle holes saw them take a remarkable 6-up lead after 12 and, whilst their opponents fought bravely to stay in the match, Charlie and Christy finally sealed the victory by 4&2.

In the second match, Johnny Allen and Edward Instance (making his debut) faced an even more daunting challenge, against very strong opponents. They did well to hang in the match, particularly on the front 9, but eventually succumbed by 6&5.

So it was all down to the 3rd match, with Billy Miller partnering Ben Cook for the first time. Billy provided the length and Ben provided the accuracy that saw them 3 up at the turn. A little wobble on the 10th made nerves jangle but they responded by winning the 11th and 12th. It was then just about playing solid golf and they closed the match out on the 15th green, winning 4&3, to secure a 2-1 victory.

Huge congratulations to this very inexperienced team. Handicaps suggested that all three pairs had no chance, but all 6 boys rose to the occasion.