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GOLF - Mixed Weekend for Blues

It was still dark when the Cambridge Blues set off to Hankley Common Golf Club on Saturday morning, as the beautiful heathland course is about a two hour drive away to the south of London. A fairly late arrival meant everyone was rushed onto the tees with little time for warming up, duly reflected by the first Cambridge shot of the day - a slice straight into the right hand trees.

However, if Cambridge Golf teaches you anything, it is getting the ball around the course in precisely these conditions, as routiniers Felix Hill and Cameron Smith showed with a well-fought win on the last. Despite this, the strong Hankley Common team was able to lead 3.5 - 1.5 at lunchtime.

The early start was due to the fact that singles would be played in the afternoon, this being the last opportunity in the year before the clocks shift back. Nobody knows whether it was the fantastic carvery lunch or the afternoon Kümmel that spurred the Light Blues on, but Cambridge started a big comeback, winning points in 8 out of the 10 afternoon matches. Singles have always been a strength of CUGC golfers, but captain James Cumberland had a very legitimate reason to be glad when his team was able to clinch an 8-7 victory in the end. At this point it is worth mentioning that recent Cambridge graduate and ex-Blue Nick Patrick was managing the match for Hankley Common, who all Cambridge Golfers were very happy to see so active in post-CUGC golfing life.

The Light Blues travelled on to Denham Golf Club on Sunday morning, where the Cambridge team arrived slightly handicapped, as two of their golfers had been kept awake by their host's flatmate's spontaneous house party most of the night. As at Hankley Common, Cambridge trailed at lunchtime 1.5 - 3.5.

A stunning three course lunch was served in Denham's unique dining room, which is a large hall with oak beams and stuffed animal trophies on all four walls. Denham prides itself on the quality of the food, and indeed it was one of the finest lunches of the Cambridge golf season. However, the lunch only seemed to make the Denham members stronger, who cruised through the afternoon to an easy 7.5 - 2.5 win, Cambridge having scored no full points in the afternoon.

CUGC 8 - Hankley Common Golf Club 7

CUGC 2.5 - Denham Golf Club 7.5