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2007 Autumn Golf Outing to Windsor Park Country Club, Ibaragi October 20-21.

Inspirational round from Oxford Ace, Miller, puts Dark Blues ahead.

Golf 2007 Ibaraki Group Photo

The series tied at 15-15, a group of ten assembled at lunchtime on Saturday in near perfect conditions and put in half a round in order to sharpen our games for the tournament on Sunday. An early indication of intent was given by Alex Miller, who drove the green of the par 4 seventh, which clearly unsettled the Cambridge contingent and gave heart to his Oxford team-mates.

Golf 2007 Ibaraki Nineteenth Hole

However, by midnight it looked like all attempts to sharpen our games had been futile; 12 bottles of wine, dessert wine and a bottle of port later, it seemed unlikely that the quality of golf on Sunday would be of the normal caliber.

Four hours later, the loyal England supporters in our party were watching the Rugby World Cup final (which sadly England lost to South Africa) and were looking doubtful for a 7.30 tee-off.

Golf 2007 Ibaraki Camford Room
Then at 6.30 History was made; for the first time in its 20 year history, The Windsor Park Country club hosted a party in the Oxford and Cambridge Suite for the Cambridge and Oxford Society, and Champagne flowed.

Golf 2007 Ibaraki Fairway

Perhaps we were not the sharpest party of golfers to grace the greens that day, but we certainly couldn’t blame the weather or the course for the fact that only two of our group broke 100. As for the match, it was one sided. Alex Miller again drove the seventh, demoralizing the opposition, and carded a score of 81 (net 71) to win the C&O trophy for the first time. Yoshi Shimizu and Rupert Middle provided a clean sweep for Oxford to put them ahead 16-15 in the series, which dates back to 1989. Jenny Barb, in her first outing, carded the best Cambridge score

Our thanks to Alex Miller who organised a fabulous week-end at his club, which was a top class venue for a memorable week-end.

Golf 2007 Ibaraki Clubhouse

Players: Alex Miller, Tomo Imai, Tim Minton, Simon Lloyd, Rupert Middle, Terry Nakamura, Jenny Barb, John Sunley, Yoshi Shimizu, Toshiro Yamamura (guest).

Rupert Middle October 21, 2007

Posted in | Submitted by huw.williams on Sun, 2007-10-21 00:00.
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