Sedbergh School Grafton Morrish Finals 2018
The Grafton Morrish is an annual golf tournament contested by public schools from all over the UK. The format is scratch foursomes with each team fielding 3 pairs of former school members. Sedbergh have tasted success in the past, winning the title on a number of occasions, however sadly not for a good few years. More recently however there have been signs of a revival in both form and fortunes with appearances in the final of the plate and the quarterfinals of the main competition. I have been lucky enough to play in this great tournament for nearly 20 years, the combination of its quality golf courses, strong competition & fantastic team spirit means it remains one of the highlights of my golfing year.
Before I give a brief round-up of this year’s results, I would like to make a short tribute to Graham Smith (Hart 1950 to ‘54) who sadly passed away this year. Graham has left a substantial golfing legacy and made a huge contribution to OS golf. He not only represented Yorkshire, was a highly regarded member of both Huddersfield GC and the Royal & Ancient GC of St Andrews but was also a multiple winner of the Grafton Morrish (1969, 1970, 1972 and 1984). He will be sorely missed by us all.
Finals Report 2018
While the 2018 campaign was affected by injuries, the Sedbergh team still produced a solid performance at the qualifying tournament to progress to the finals and confidence was high before the first-round match against a competent Shrewsbury team at Brancaster G.C. The match was played in glorious weather and with the golf course bathed in sunshine and only a breath of wind, the standard of golf was high. While Sedbergh’s second pair of Alastair Smith & Will Jeffries had already won their match convincingly, it was the first pair of Charles Webb and Charles Abraham who holed the winning putt to send the team through to the 2nd round (closely followed by Jamie Edgar and David Row, who completed a clean sweep for Sedbergh).
The 2nd round match was also a low scoring one, however despite some excellent golf at times, all three Sedbergh pairs lost narrowly to a talented Seaford College side who were themselves beaten in the next round by the eventual tournament winners, George Heriot’s.
The team woke on the morning of the plate competition to find the weather had turned significantly, a light breeze had been replaced by 40mph winds and with torrential rain forecast to blow in from the sea later that morning, fortune would certainly favour those out early… Sadly, by the time Sedbergh reached the 1st tee for their allotted start time the rain had arrived. Unsurprisingly, scoring was to be extremely difficult and simply completing all 18 holes was considered an achievement (one that many teams didn’t manage). While Sedbergh narrowly missed out on the 4 qualification spots for the Committee Bowl, I was proud of the team for not only completing the round but managing to do so with smiles on their faces.
Thanks to the following OS’ who represented the school at this year’s tournament: Charles Webb – Charles Abraham – Alastair Smith – Jamie Edgar – David Row – Will Jeffries.
We are always on the look-out for OS golfers with single figure handicaps to join the Grafton Morrish squad. If you would like to get involved, please contact the OS club or myself directly.
Will Jeffries. (Sedgwick House, 1995 -’99).
Old Sedberghians vs. Old Wellingtonians Match
Meanwhile, the Old Sedberghian Golf Society (in the South) recently took on Old Wellingtonians for their annual match at the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club. The Sedberghian contingent consisted of Jon Rink (L 60-65), George Hamer (H 62-67), Peter Ferens (58-63), Michael Pattison (W 60-64), James Dinwiddie (S 68-73), Edward Radcliffe (L 62-67), Andrew Mawby (S 57-61), Miles Moffat (E 57-62), Richard Witt (Former Foundation Director), and Harvey Alexander (L 66-71).
Full results of the match are shown in the table below: