Qualification for the finals of the Grafton Morrish Trophy, a high profile annual public schools golf foursomes competition played off scratch has eluded the ODS for many years going back well into the last century. However at Denham Golf Club on Sunday 18th May 2014 the ODs team of six created history by finishing fifth out of 18 schools taking part at this qualifying venue, scoring 75 points.

There was not too much of a hint of things to come as Rupert and Joe Lane found points hard to come by on their first nine holes, but a better second nine saw them finish with a steady score of 20 points.

The ODS second pair, Andrew Odell and Tim Lawrence though were looking good from the start, playing consistent good golf throughout highlighted by a spectacular Eagle three at the par five 14th which boosted their final score to 30.

The final pair of skipper Rob Reed and young Sam Wood started perfectly with a birdie at the first and although they didn’t quite build on this in that nine, a further birdie at the 13th and a fine finish boosted their final score to 25 and the team score to 75 points.

It wasn’t long before qualification for the finals at Hunstanton in October had been confirmed. What a day!

Jeremy Winter, 19th May 2014.