On Mon October 19 2020, by Jackie Sayers
A unique Hammond double in this year’s singles knockout finals.
On Saturday 10 October, Alfie H managed to edge out Matthew on the last hole in the final of the junior knockout matchplay. Alfie had established an early lead of 3 up. Matthew battled back and took the lead by winning five holes in a row. An excellent up and down by Alfie at the 16th put him one up. However, his tee shot at the 17th ended up on Houston Road and Matthew had a solid par to make it all square going up the last. Alfie’s net 4 was enough to give him victory.
The next morning, his dad, Roddy Hammond was playing Charles Smith in the final of the Gents’ singles knockout matchplay to win the Captain’s Prize. They had finished all square the previous month and had agreed to battle again over another 18 holes. Charles took an early lead but Roddy kept his season’s strong matchplay form going by getting 2 holes ahead by the turn. Charles clawed the lead back will some solid par golf. Roddy found an extra gear and closed out the final with a fine birdie 3 at 16th hole, for a 3&2 win. He had waited 37 years since he was last in the final, proving that if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.
This was probably unique in the club’s history – the first time a father and son won the Gents and Junior knockout in the same year. A great excuse for some serious family celebrations!