On a warm April day, London’s Highgate Golf Club played host to the inaugural Regent's College Alumni Golf Tournament. The picturesque course perched on Hampstead Heath saw the alumni take on current Regent's College students and staff for the honour of being crowned the first champion.
The day started with all the golfers meeting in the club house to get to know each other over coffee and a bacon sandwich. Conversation quickly turned to handicaps and form as the participants tried work out who was the player to beat. It wasn’t until the first tee that the early favourite was revealed and the second flight found they had a former teenage international golfer in their midst.
Settling into their swing
This wasn’t enough to gain an early advantage as all the players had moments where the hilly course got the better of them. As the tournament progressed and the group settled into their swing, the competition intensified.
The prize for longest drive was won by current RBS London student, Manuel Beltran, whose huge drive on the 6th fairway was over 50 yards further than the nearest competitor. Further round the course Professor John Drew was rewarded for his precision by winning the ‘Closest to the pin’ prize with a measured shot onto the 17th green.
The competition remained tight on the second half of the course and in the end the last few holes proved to be decisive. Once the scores had been added up and handicaps taken into account there were two golfers tied for the trophy. It took count back to separate the two competitors and after a short deliberation the victory went to EBS London alumnus, Moritz Chrambach.
The winners were presented with their trophies after lunch in the Highgate clubhouse to a round of applause from their fellow competitors. The tournament was enjoyed by all the golfers and promises to be an eagerly anticipated event in the alumni calendar for years to come.