Schools Golf 2013/14
S D UN R 2 O O 2R AF D G AN AN TS A M LE H G T L OP I 2 N LF A PE IN W GO OF
2013 / 14 ISGA ELITE TEAMS
Contents" " 5/6
Dealing with bad etiquette"
Calendar of events for 2014/15"
Elite team news"
" 30/31 Teacher training"
" 34-37 An interview with Richard Caring
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Another great year for schools golf. First event of the year was the Stirling Invitational held at Dundonald in Scotland in September. The ISGA entered a team of 3 girls for the first time. The R&A world ranking event is one of two University events that take place each year to showcase the wealth of talented players in full time education. The event had Universities from the US, Canada, Ireland and the UK taking part. A great result for the ISGA team who won the team event with Ashleigh Greenham taking the Individual title and Ellie Goodall taking third spot. The ISGA pick teams to represent schools golf for both the Stirling Invitational and the Exeter Invitational.
October saw the Junior Schools Cup and the Schools Cup take place. A team event in which teachers play with their own students. This gives a great opportunity for teachers to play in a competitive event with their own players. The Junior Schools Cup was won by Birkdale School with a team of brothers pictured above. The Seniors schools cup was the start of a phenomenal year for Whitgift pictured with their teacher beating their close rivals Trinity.
During October half term teams traveled to Spain to take part in the inaugural ISGA European Championships. Held at the Villiatana resort which boasts two Jack Niclaus courses. Yet again Whitgift reigned supreme winning the gross team event with Winchester taking the nett trophy.
The next European Championships are set to take place at the Penina Golf Resort in Portugal next February half term.
Full results of the tournaments can be seen on the isga website
September saw the start of the ISGA Schools Matchplay Tournament with a record number of schools taking part. The country was split into 17 areas each with around 8 schools per area." The Tournament format is 3 student team that plays scratch matchplay against their drawn team. Schools knocked out in their first round enter the plate knockout which is a stableford under full handicap. Thereby giving all schools a chance to progress further with National finals for both the main Tournament and the Plate."
As the tournament progressed there were a number of new schools making the National finals which were held at Carnoustie. In the end 7 new schools reached the finals which is great for the tournament."
After a foggy start, the National Finals at Carnoustie saw the sun shine on day one. After the first days play 3 schools ( Millfield, Wellington & Whitgift) were all on the same score so all to play for on the second day." All the teams had a buffet dinner in the Carnoustie Hotel where the trophies were presented to all teams reaching the National Finals. The Teachers trophies were presented that evening. Rob Moore (Winchester) won the gross and Kevin Searle (New Hall) won the nett." After the second day, Jamie Li from Millfield came away with the Individual title. He picked up his trophy, a Galvin Green windproof and a personalised belt from Heraldic Gems." Whitgift won the event by 3 shots over Wellington College ( last time winners at Carnoustie)" Full results and write up can be seen here"
Whitgift players (LR) George Mullins, Joe Carmody-Firth, Harvey Byers all received their trophies, GALVIN GREEN tops and a sterling silver ring each from Heraldic Gems
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The British Schools and Colleges Tour got off to a great start with more schools and colleges taking part this year. Despite cuts in funding to lots of colleges they fought to keep their golf programme going. " All credit to the colleges who have found alternative ways to fund their programme."
The National finals took place at Ganton over 2 days where previous winners Hartpury took the team title. The Golf College took the nett trophy." Harry Hall (Truro) took the Individual trophy, along with a Galvin Green waterproof and a Heraldic Gems silver belt buckle. Daniel Godin took second place and Joe Fryer 3rd place. Gee won-Park took the girls trophy. All received Galvin Green tops, belts or hats. The British Schools are looking to hold 3 one day events next year to allow players from schools and colleges that do not have a team." The first event will be the Ladies Junior Open to be held at Sunningdale Ladies on 13 October." Players will also be picked from the order of merit to represent the ISGA at University world ranking events played in the UK. " ISGA & British Schools players picked to play in the 2013/14 season were as follows: " The Stirling Invitational a team of 3 girls = Ashleigh Greenham (Forest), Ellie Goodall(Balby Carr) & Gee Won - Park (Hartpury)"
The Exeter Invitational team of 6 boys = Murray Naysmith (Merchiston), George Mullins (Whitgift), Ali Thurlow (Stewarts Melville), Tom Sloman ( Hartpury), Taylor Carter & Joe Fryer (Lee Westwood sch)
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Dealing with bad etiquette on the golf course!
Golf is not generally known as a sport where players show aggression or bad behaviour, but as more professional players are being seen to swear, spit and throw clubs it has become a problem. The ISGA conducted a short survey with over 100 teachers to see how they combat the growing trend." Here we have picked the best answers we feel to the questions posed."
Q How do you deal with swearing, and general bad etiquette" A If Excessive, repeated or LOUD, then certainly discuss with the culprit to the extent if it continues they will be withdrawn from representation."
Q How do you deal with club throwing and damage of equipment" A Reprimand…unacceptable behaviour repeat offence would mean removal from golf program."
Q How do you deal with cheating" A Stripped of any awards, and dropped from team."
Q How do you explain tour players behaviour if students say they do it?" A They do not represent the School." A Invariably they are the players that do not win!"
Q Do you turn a misdemeanour into a positive..if so how" A No need....pupils are well motivated enough...and by and large understand and abide by etiquette as a matter of course." A yes, we will use psychological delivery." A If they improve their behaviour then positively rewarded with positive comments and reselection for teams "
Q Tour player you would recommend as a good example of a role model" A Jack Nicklaus’s putt concession to Tony Jacklin springs to mind." A We don’t bother with the role model thing as we are trying to get them to live their lives as themselves, according to their own inner values, rather than copying someone else"
Q Tour player you would not recommend as a role model" A Over 70% of those surveyed said Tiger Woods"
The ISGA has taken a strong stance on bad etiquette as they wish all players to enjoy the team spirit it has as its main tournament ethos
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2014/15 Calendar of Events"
" September - start of ISGA Schools Matchplay Tournament" " September - start of British Schools & Colleges Tour" " 29 September - ISGA Scottish Open " " 6 October - ISGA Junior Schools Cup" " 8 October - ISGA Schools Cup" " 9 October - Teacher Training" " 13 October - British Schools Ladies Junior Open" " 15-20 February - European Championships Portugal" " March - ISGA Home Internationals - Wales" " 26/27 April - ISGA National Finals - Royal St Georges" " 6/7 May - British Schools & Colleges National Finals - The Dukes St Andrews" " June - ISGA Junior Open" " June - ISGA HG Trophy" " June - ISGA National Plate Finals" "
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The First event of the calendar is the Stirling Invitational held last year at Dundonald links. The ISGA had a team of 3 girls take part comprising. Ashleigh Greenham (Forest), Ellie Goodall ( Balby Carr) & Gee Won-Park (Hartpury). The girls took the team trophy with Ashleigh taking the individual trophy. A great result for the young team who played against the top UK University teams and Individuals."
The second event is the Exeter Invitational that takes place in March at Trevose. The ISGA entered a team of 6 boys to defend their title which the boys won the previous year. The event was sadly cut short due to torrential rain with the ISGA team coming in 3rd place still a great result for a young team."
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Top row, left to right: MH Burns, JI Graveney, A Trverton, SR Warrin. Bottom row, left to right: DE Watts (Capt), The Rev. AJF Voake, RA Caring.
Wentworth Golf Club owner and entrepreneur Richard Caring reminisces on his time at Millfield
Born in Finchley, North London, Richard Caring was the middle child of Louis Caring (né Caringi) and Sylvia Parnes. At the age of three and a half, Caring had his ﬁrst experience of golf at PoYers Bar Gold Club in HerZordshire. The young Caring showed early prowess in the sport and was soon playing oﬀ of scratch. He went on to represent Middlesex at county level and earned himself a sports scholarship to pres5gious Millﬁeld School in Somerset. Known as 'Dickie' at school, Caring excelled at history, but golf remained his great love. A^er leaving Millﬁeld, aged 16, he followed his father into a career in fashion, spending many years living and working in Hong Kong. He also began to invest in property, acquiring the Camden Market complex in North London, before inves5ng in the pres5gious Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, in 2004. He later commented, 'Wentworth is to golf what Wimbledon is to tennis. It's priceless.' Caring diversiﬁed his porZolio further, moving into the restaurant and private members' clubs arena.
Here, Richard Caring takes 5me out of his extremely busy schedule to reminisce about his days at Millﬁeld.
" Q: What was your first memory of boarding at Millfield? RC: Feeling deserted by my parents … but I recovered when a football game started in the playground."
" Q: Did you play any other sports apart from golf during your time at Millfield? RC: I had to play almost every sport. I managed to lose four teeth to Gareth Edwards, hooker in the rugby team"
" Q: Did you get into trouble? RC: Yes – disrespect [for] one particularly snobby prefect. Also going to the Black Cat, which was out of bounds in Street. [The Black Cat was a local café and popular teen hangout in the local village.]" Q: Who was your favourite teacher at school? Why?" RC: Boss – he taught me how to play bunker shots. ['Boss' was the nickname of educator and Millfield founder Rollo John Oliver Meyer, who was also a first-class cricketer]. (pictured right)"
Q: Do you keep in touch with any friends from your school days? RC: Mike Burns and John Graveney [who were both on the golf team with Caring and are featured in the photograph"
Q: You left school when you were 16, what did you want to do? RC: Go back!
Q: What was the best or worst piece of advice given to you at school? RC: Best advice – to 'believe in yourself'." Q What is your best or worst memory of school? RC: The best – playing Burnham & Berrow Golf Club in the wind! Worst -–Hearing of the death of a friend on his way back to school in a car crash.
Burnham & Berrow Golf Course
" Q: Is there anything you do differently at school given the chance? RC: I would stay there until I was 35! [Caring left, aged 16.]! Q: Now knowing all you do now and looking back at your time at school, what advice would you give to people leaving school? RC: You have been blessed by having the chance of experiencing Millfield [or similar such schools] – don’t waste the knowledge or the experience." Thank you so much, Richard Caring. It's been an absolute pleasure.
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