Elliot Galloway’s playoff win secured a brilliant victory for our golf team in their opening match of this year’s Independent Schools Golf Association area plate.
Up against North Cestrian in a scratch match play competition, the team needed two wins from three matches to reach the second round.
After Tom Allport beat his opponent to finish one-up after 18 holes, Matthew Hughes was unfortunate to narrowly lose his game – leaving the decider to Elliot Galloway.
Finishing all-square after 18 holes, Elliot (pictured in action above) was forced into a playoff back down the first hole, with his long tee-shot straight down the middle and a fantastic chip from the front edge of the green securing his par and a win for Stockport Grammar.
Mr Alex Ehegartner, who coaches the team, said:
This is a huge win for the newly-reformed golf programme. Our lowest handicapper is 10 and we were facing boys that play off two, three and four, so for us to win a scratch competition is very encouraging and shows that anything can happen on the day.
Golf society day at Marple
30 pupils, parents, staff and Old Stops marked the start of the school’s golfing calendar by spending a leisurely Sunday at Marple Golf Club on a day organised by Mr Ehegartner with David Myers from the David Myers Golf Academy.
With three competitions to play for, second year pupil Lewis Welch won the 45 + 12 hole competition, Tom Allport won nearest the pin on the sixth hole while Old Stopfordian Theo Whitley won the best junior with 35 points playing off five. Governor and Old Stop Mr David Withington was the day’s overall winner with 36 points playing off 19.
Mr Ehegartner added:
I would like to thank everyone for their support on the day and David Myers for his hard work in organising the event and for the prize donations. We had fantastic weather and it was an excellent stepping stone to promote golf at Stockport Grammar School.
These events will be held four times a year and are open to everyone, and I would like to encourage more people get involved.