Six former pupils took on the HGS golf team in the annual McMillan Quaich competition.
Determined to win back the trophy from the School who have won it for the last three years, the FP team was looking very strong this year with the men’s handicaps ranging from plus 1 to 8.
First match out at the event, which was held at Pollok Golf Club on March 15th, was Emily Crusher (S5) and Sophie Kyle (S4) vs Jinty Rogers (C1968) and Gillian Kyle (C1983).
The ladies had experience on their side but the girls’ games had improved dramatically since 2016 and they were at times, driving close to 200 yards! Hard to beat when giving shots but after being 2 down after 2, the FPs fought back and got the game back to all square at the 5th.
Many holes were halved in net pars but a good net birdie from Sophie at the 13th let them go 1 ahead and a net birdie from Emily at the 17th finished off the game. A close 2 and 1 victory for the School.
The second match out was Lewis Irvine (S6) and Cameron Robertson (S6) vs Gus Lamond (C1974) and Euan Baillie (C1988) The FPs got off to a good start winning the 1st hole but the boys settled and Lewis birdied 4 out of the next 6 and Cameron had a net birdie at the 10th to go 3 up.
But experience and maturity shone through when Euan had a good birdie at the 11th, Gus a 3 at the 12th then a birdie at 13 to go all square. A net birdie at 14 by Gus saw the FPs go 1 up and they clung on to win the match on the 18th with Euan holing a real tester for his par.
Third match out was David O’Neil (S5) and Shiraz Shafi (S6) vs Graham Cox (C1974) and Alan Young (C1976). This match was close all the way as the FPs were giving quite a few shots. A net eagle from Alan at the 3rd let the FPs get ahead but every hole was closely contested and a net eagle from David squared the match. It remained a halved match at the end.
So the overall match score was a half so the School retained the trophy.
Everyone enjoyed their day and thanks go to Pollok Golf Club for hosting the match.