Golf | Round 9 | Warringah Golf Club

Independent Schools’ Golf Series 2020-2021 | Saturday, 27 February 2021

We travelled to Manly for the penultimate round of the 2020-2021 Trinity Golf season last Saturday. We were up against the hosts, Barker, on the fine Warringah Golf Club layout. One member told Sebastian Sara’s (11Du) dad, James, and me, ‘chewing our ears’ and hopefully accurately, that Warringah is the second-busiest course in Sydney behind Moore Park Golf Club. Who would have thunk… as there was no evidence of the highlighted heavy ‘golfing traffic’ and the course was in great shape.

The Trinity team had a newish feel about it as we welcomed debutant Adam Ding (7St) into our fold and it was great to have Oliver Huynh (9Ke) back in the team after his sojourn at the Field Studies camp.

Sebastian and Adam led the team up front as our two lowest handicappers who are respectively off handicaps of 1 and 3. Though this does mean the going is often tough, as was the case last Saturday as they both had to give in excess of 12 shots to two fine golfers from Barker. Seb, in his second week back from injury, played much better than last week, though his opponent from Barker was up to the task, and looked much more a ‘single figures’ player, being ultimately victorious with a solid win over our team leader 6 and 4.

Adam was tenacious in his first outing in the Green and White and finally, finally, we have a Trinity golfer standing on the correct side of the ball – welcome my ‘left-handed’ brother! There was no sign of nerves from Adam as ‘ice seems to run in his veins’ already and he took his match deep, yet succumbed on the 17th green, 2 and 1. He was only four over par at match’s end, a fine first round for team Trinity!

Oliver paired up with Alexander Jacob (10Fo) in our second pairing. Oliver was, not unexpectedly, rusty and ‘knocked a couple on the head down’ the first fairway. He soon found some ‘mojo’ and more consistency, yet the match had by that stage slipped away from him. He went down 5 and 3 on the 15th green. His playing partner, Alexander, was the only Trinitarian still ‘alive’ in his match, carrying the team on his shoulders. He continues to make changes to his swing, consistency improving as a result and the pragmatic decision to leave the ‘big dog’ in the bag last Saturday paid huge dividends. He ground out a hard-fought win, his first for the season, and accepted my enthusiastic congrats very coyly on the 17th green as he won 2 and 1. Alex putted beautifully throughout the round and his sweet chip under pressure on the 17th was sublime! Not that the next putt was great… a win nonetheless!

We climb from the cauldron of Schoolboy Golf next Saturday at Strathfield. We’ve no chance of making an impact on the leader board, though I’ve no doubt the lads will play with pride as they endeavour to finish on the high note!

Good golfing,

Michael Spratt | MIC

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