By Jim Burke, Men's Golf Coach
The Men's Golf Program experienced a trip of a lifetime in England and Scotland. The trip was made possible by the efforts of those who arranged the daily details, hosted us during our tour and fundraised in advance. Following is a day-by-day recap of the people and experiences that made this trip wonderful. The warm welcomes that we received throughout the trip made our experience all the more special and memorable.
Day 1 - Practice round at Royal St Georges: Thank you to Peter Fawcus, Assistant Secretary, at St Georges for accommodating us. After travel delays we showed up over an hour late for our tee times and he simply took care of us without missing a beat. Also thank you to Bruce Monrad for the tee gift and a personally autographed book by F.R. Furber which details the history of Royal St. Georges.
Day 2 - Tournament at Royal Cinque Ports: Thank you to Secretary Ken Harrah for letting the members of the team participate in the Prince of Wales Challenge Trophy. Also, thank you to Ken for letting me join a two ball that was short a player in the event. I joined the group on the second hole upon our arrival to the course. I ended up playing with the eventual winner of the event -- Brian Ingleby. The other player in the group, Arim Habibi, had the low round of the day (-3) 69. Both players played shots around the green that I had never seen before (putts from 50 yards!) and I was able to learn a lot about how links golf is played.
Day 3 - Tournament at Royal St Georges: Thank you to Secretary Christopher Gabbey for letting the members of the team play in the Challenge Cup. The course showed its true metal and "won" as only one player broke 150 in the 36 hole event!
Day 4 - Match with Cambridge/Oxford: Thank you to John Valley the Captain of the Cambridge golf team and leader of the Oxford Cambridge Golf Society. OCGS is renowned for winning the match the night before. His plan of keeping the team out all night backfired as we were able to outlast the mixed team of Cambridge and Oxford. The team and I were fortunate to experience the social aspect of UK golf at its finest in the 36 hole foursomes match play event and John was a terrific host.
Day 5 - Match with Royal Lytham and St Annes members: Thank you to Secretary Graham Cochrane, Head Professional Eddie Birchenough, and Captain Paul Gardner. I was amazed by the generosity and friendliness that the club showed towards the team. The day at Lytham was the highlight of the trip for many and I attribute this to our hosts welcoming spirit.
Day 6 - Played at Royal Liverpool: Thank you to our driver Jeff Costello from Dundee Scotland. We were often running behind and Jeff was very understanding. Jeff provided structure to the trip and a great deal of patience. The experience would have been significantly reduced by a less accommodating driver.
Day 7 - Played at Muirfield: Thank you to Coach Paterson for setting up and organizing such a wonderful trip. Golf in England and Scotland is plastered with history and tradition and, much like Coach Paterson, it is bound to the integrity of the game. Once we arrived in Scotland, at least one person at every stop asked us to pass along their greetings and respects to Coach Paterson.
Thank you to Ernie Monrad for his generous donation to the trip. He would have proudly enjoyed observing the young men of Harvard interact with all the fine gentlemen during a fantastic lunch at the Muirfield clubhouse.
Day 8 - Played at St Andrews: Thank you to the parents and the Friends of Harvard Golf. Because of your support we were able to make memories that will last a lifetime. Playing St Andrews is like going to a great museum. There are a lot of tourists and everyone enjoys the fine art.
Day 9- Visited the Clubhouse of the R&A / Played at Kingsbarn: Thank you to Dr. Greenhough for inviting us into and providing a tour of the R & A Clubhouse. The history on display was incredible. We were all intrigued to learn that there is a button in every room that you could press and be personally served a drink in seconds. Kingsbarn was the perfect course to finish a fabulous trip. The views of the Scottish coast rival those of Pebble Beach.
Day 10 - Traveled Home: Thank you to all that support H Golf we are all blessed and grateful to have had such an unforgettable experience.