Golf | Round 10 | Strathfield Golf Club

Independent Schools’ Golf Series 2020-2021 | Saturday, 6 March 2021

We headed to Strathfield last weekend for the final battle of the 2020/2021 Trinity golfing season. The course at Strathfield was in ‘mint’ condition and we were to be in an arm wrestle with Newington in an effort to avoid the wooden spoon. As it turned out, although not better than us on the day, Team Trinity still ended up making the batter, securing the wooden spoon and sharing it, in the end, with Barker, who got a pummelling at the hands of St Joseph’s.  

A Senior heavy team was selected last Saturday as Trinity stalwart Tyler Beverley-Smith (12Ta) was to play his last round in the Green and White and it was fitting to farewell him with those of whom he has played most of his golf at Trinity. He has presented always with fine etiquette and a desire to do his best in his matches over the past six seasons. This was indeed the case again last Saturday, and despite being up early in his match, a lack of consistency caught up with him and he capitulated on the 14th, 5 and 4. We wish him best on the fairways of life next year…

Sebastian Sara (11Du) and Oliver Huynh (9Ke) led the team in our first pairing. Both played some fine golf, yet lack of recent practice and requisite ‘time on course’ was evident. Sebastian led for the duration, grinding his opponent down, to win on the 17th, 2 and 1. Oliver’s match also came to a conclusion on the 17th. Despite clawing his way back from 3 down early in his round, to be all square midway through the back nine, he lost a couple of holes and went down, 2 and 1.

Jack Barter (11St) found the form of seasons past in his last few outings for Trinity and looks set to be a consistent nemesis for his opponents next summer. He secured a good win, 3 and 2.   

Things were tight at the top of the table as three Schools had a chance of snavelling the trophy on weekend. However, it was with St Joseph’s routing of Barker that they snuck past front runners Knox to hoist the silverware for the first time. Congratulations to our friends in cerise!

The table finished as such:

St. Joseph’s 78

Knox 77

St. Ignatius’ 76

Newington 68

Trinity 67

Barker 67

After another fine season of competitive golf behind us it is time to reflect. On paper we were much better than we finished, though it isn’t always easy giving loads of shots each week. However, it was consistency that was our ‘Achilles heel’ far too frequently throughout the season. Time on the range and playing more regularly are the requisite remedy and I encourage all team members over the winter months to be ‘on course…’ Also reflecting, all augurs well for next year, with the new kids on the block, Michael Hatzistergos (8Mu) and Adam Ding (7St), both bolstering our team and, as always, we are indeed privileged to have Alexander Jacob (10Fo) so regularly donning the Green and White!

Of course, at risk of talking them up again, thanks to the parents and supporters for getting the lads to courses spread far and wide across Sydney each Saturday. I don’t know anyone who likes mid-Saturday traffic in Sydney… Their perspective and support is muchly appreciated!

CIS Golf Championships, Macquarie Links GC, Monday, 8 March, 2021

Trinity was represented by Sebastian Sara and Oliver Huynh at these Championships last Monday. Oliver played quite well to shoot 84 and finish 12 over par. Sebastian started well putting for birdie on his first three holes, but consistency deserted him, and he chopped his way around the course to shoot 90. However, as a senior player, off a very low handicap of 1, the convenor gets to include one ‘convenor’s pick’ in the team and Sebastian ultimately benefitted from this pragmatic decision as he was included in the CIS team. We wish him well at the NSW All Schools Championships.

Good golfing,

Michael Spratt | MIC

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