Tim Bates & Ollie Banks above
Nick Pritchard writes:
The Alumni MR Tourists embarked on their 10th Tour in memory of Myles and ventured down to where it all started in 2009. Myles and Will Poole had organised the original Alumni Tour in the Summer of 2009. Straight out of University in the midst of the Financial Crisis, our job prospects were few and far between! We started the 2009 Tour with a warm up at Myles’ Home links course Royal Cinque Ports which holds a special place for the Robinson Family and where Cara and Ollie got married last year. On we went over to France for a fantastic first tour and tragically also Myles’ last. The Big Man would have loved every part of the Alumni’s future Tours, he is greatly missed but never forgotten and we have no doubt he looks down on us laughing at some quite spectacular blow ups that have ensued over the years!
The Tour had been expanded to our largest yet with 12 Tourists with Poole and Santa-Olalla flying in from Hong-Kong and New York respectively to take part in some world class Links hacking! The Bank Holiday Monday saw the first round opened to friends and members of Myles and Royal Cinque Ports and we had a huge field vying for ‘The Alumni MR Shot Cup’ marking the 10th Tour anniversary. There were some impressive scores, none obviously from any of the Alumni Tourists and the winner with 39 points was Royal Cinque Ports and Worplesdon GC member Dolores Brown. A fantastic BBQ was enjoyed by all the players and the Tourists trudged into town for some needless evening pints preparing for a bruising 36 holes the next day.
Bright and early, we woke complaining of bad back’s, blisters and Ben Fung Chow Gillen’s snoring and headed to Prince’s to tackle another fine Links. The testing Himalaya’s back nine had its causalities with Tim Jamboy Smudge Bates and Nick Pate Leg Pritchard scoring the only respectable rounds with 35 and 34 points respectively. We hopped over to Royal St Georges for a quite fantastic lunch and teed off 3.30ish well-oiled ready to clog another world class 18 up!
Concentration waivered and some textbook Alumni clogging occurred with many groups let through but we just managed to all get it before the light was totally lost. A fine score from Ollie Tunafish Tunnicliffe and an unexpected recovery from The Chairman Poole were the stand out rounds with the Bell Tower finely in the balance after a 9 point swing from the defending Champion Ollie Fluff Banks.
An absolutely needless curry was inhaled at the famous Milaad Tandoori, which kindly stayed open for our 10pm dinner! Tunnicliffe had a 2 point lead going into the final round at Rye GC with Henry Club Champ Keeling and Banks close behind.
We awoke to an exceptionally wet morning and there were some tired tourists after Fungy’s snoring had been ably supported by a curry fuelled orchestra! We had another delicious lunch and the Sun came out ready for our afternoon tee off. It was as if Myles pushed away the rain clouds, opened a cold beer ready to watch his mates do battle!
Battle commenced with some Bates and Pritchard looking for the Monticello Matchplay Shield win whilst Ross Footwedge Barden took on Matt The Ace Crump and James Sushi Ogden bludgeoned against Ben Fungy Gillen for the Wooden Spoon. Banks and Tunnicliffe brought up the rear fighting for the Bell Tower Trophy and the first tourist for win in 3 Tours.
It went right to the wire and the final putt with The Bookie Banks holding his nerve with a fantastic up and down to win by just 1 point. Jamboy dispatched Eel Spine Pritchard for the Monticello with the latter offering no match for the inform Matchplay Tourist. A basement battle ensued for last place but no one could claw The Adder Barden’s vice grip from his Wooden Spoon.
Another fantastic Tour with some special memories. Thanks must go to the winner Ollie Banks for organising all the golf with the respective clubs (Editor’s note: thanks also go to Nick Pritchard who not only wrote this report but organised everything off the golf course). All the secretaries and members of Royal Cinque Ports, Royal St Georges, Princes and Rye GC for allowing us on their courses and making us feel so welcome. Harry and Will who made the effort to fly thousands of miles back to take part in the 10th Tour. Danny Heat Stroke Bensley for cutting his honeymoon short for another Tour of hacking, The Fun Sponge Crump for returning after a four year absence to play some quite woeful golf and finally to our two new tourists Keeling and Oggie it is great to have you on board.
Another fantastic tour with some special friends in memory of The Big Man Myles we all so miss. Results for 2018 below.
2018 Tourists – Ollie Banks, Ollie Tunnicliffe, Henry Keeling, Tim Bates, Danny Bensley, Nick Pritchard, Will Poole, Matt Crump, Harry Santa-Olalla, James Ogden, Ben Gillen and Ross Barden.Bell Tower Trophy Winner –
Winner – Oliver Banks 128 points
Monticello Shield Winner – Tim Bates
Wooden Spoon Winner – Ross Barden
ALUMNI MR DEAL 2018 FINAL STABLEFORD SCORES
1) OB 36 30 27 35 = 128
2) OT 33 27 36 31 = 127
3) HK 31 32 31 30 = 124
4) TB 29 35 26 33 = 123
5) DB 31 28 28 31 = 118
5) NP 28 34 26 30 = 118
7) WP 29 22 33 29 = 113
8) MC 26 30 21 32 = 109
9) HSO 27 25 25 29 = 106
10) JO 24 26 25 26 = 101
11) BG 28 22 23 24 = 97
12) RB 21 24 27 20 = 92
2018 Kent Coast – England
2017 Aberdeen – Scotland
2016 Algarve – Portugal
2015 County Derry – N. Ireland
2014 Prague – Czech Republic
2013 Andalucía – Spain
2012 Reykjavik – Iceland
2011 Bavaria – Germany
2010 Lake Como – Italy
2009 Bordeaux – France