The Old Salopian Golfing Society
Malcolm McMullan Wins the 2012 Campion Trophy - in 2013!
As a result of the atrocious weather in 2012 the final of last year's Campion Trophy did not take place until June 2013. The protagonists were Mark Ferguson (Rt 1992 - 1997) and Malcom McMullan (I 1958 - 1962), conqueror of such luminaries as Richard Barber, Ben Chesters, Jonty Campion and Will Campion. Quite a few scalps!
Eventually, mostly thanks to the kind efforts of Barry Campion - brother of the late Ian, Past President of OSGS and donor of the Trophy - the final was played on a balmy morning at Royal Birkdale.
Mark Ferguson has Halford Hewitt experience, and 30+ years age advantage, so would start as favourite to win. Sure enough he marched into a three hole lead by the 5th hole, and again after 9 holes. From the tee Malcom's driving was far straighter, his ball never troubling the 'Birkdale' rough. Conversely Mark's iron play and in particular his putting was much superior. It was Walter Hagen who famously said "you drive for show, but you putt for dough". Malcom had opportunities to win four of the next five holes, but could only claw one back. He did win the 16th, so Mark was one up with two holes to play, but sadly Malcom from another good teeshot encountered some difficulties on the 17th, and lost both the hole and the match. The spirit of camaraderie was much in evidence, and the chance to play on one of the best Open Championship courses was much appreciated by both players.
Photo: From left; Anthony Smith (President OSGS), Malcom McMullan (runner-up), Mark Ferguson (winner 2012) and Barry Campion.
Shrewsbury team, including promising newcomers, put up a good show in Halford Hewitt 2013
The Halford Hewitt is the largest amateur golf competition in the world with sixty four teams of ten playing scratch foursomes match play. The competition was founded in 1924 and is competed for by old pupils from sixty four public schools in England and Scotland.
Shrewsbury has had a good record over the years and been in six finals, winning three which puts us near the top of the league tables. However, we have not been in a final since 1993 and have not made it through two rounds for six years.
This year the draw matched us with Glenalmond whose results over the years are very similar to Shrewsbury’s so it promised to be a tough battle which Shrewsbury won on the 18th in the last pair. The next round was against a strong Wellington side who were also defeated 3-2.
Although it was disappointing to lose to Ampleforth on the Saturday morning, overall there was a feeling that we had given a good account of ourselves and built a good foundation for the future.
Read Andy Pollock's full report here.
Report of summer golf, 2012 available here.
Report of the Campion Trophy, 2011
OS Golfing Society's new President Anthony Smith (I 54-59) won the Campion
Trophy at Royal Birkdale Golf Club on 1st August to become the OSGS Matchplay Champion, defeating James Shaw (R 64-68) 4x3.
Pictured, Anthony Smith, the runner-up James Shaw and in the middle Will Campion who refereed the match and presented the Campion Trophy. This is in memory of Will's father, the late Ian Campion, and donated to the Society to mark Ian's years as President and the contribution of the Campion family over many years at the highest levels to Old Salopian golf.
For the first part of the OSGS report on the Campion Trophy and other matches, click here.