On Wednesday 4th July, the Diocese of Peterborough won the 2018 Team Championship at the Annual EIG Inter-Diocesan Golf Day at The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club.
The team – Rob Bewley, Brian Cunningham, Barry Morrison and Adrian Morton – won the title based on ‘scratch’ (actual) scores. The morning consisted of nine holes of ‘4-ball Betterball’ (all four players play on each hole, the lowest score counting as the ‘team score’), followed by 18 holes of singles in the afternoon.
At the end of the day’s play, it was neck-and-neck. “Ordinarily, the title is decided by the addition of the best three out of the team’s four singles scores,” explains Rob, “but we were tied with Oxford, and so the fourth player’s score was used as a tie-breaker! Brian Cunningham also won the individual prize for the day.”
Rob, who is the Vicar and Mission Leader at Christ the King, Kettering, is used to combining his work and golfing abilities. “For the last few years, I have represented both the clergy of the Church of England and the Churches of Great Britain and Ireland at golf. Every two years, the Cranmer Cup is competed for between Great Britain & Ireland and the USA & Canada in a Ryder Cup format. In June, I was in Canada where we were beaten 22.5 to 21.5!”
But the success in the Inter-Diocesan tournament has made up for that – one that will have pleased everyone in the diocese. As Rob points out, “Bishop Donald always tells me to bring back silverware!”