Golf at Vinehall School continues its renaissance, with a growing number of pupils participating each week. The pupils have the opportunity to attend two lessons each week with professionals at Sedlescombe Golf Club, and the Headmaster Richard Follett runs a Friday evening session on Vinehall’s own 9 hole course.
The extra opportunities are clearly paying off. Vinehall entered two pairs of players for the Kentish Prep Schools Golf Championships last week, which took place at Hythe Imperial Golf Club near Folkestone. William Sturges and George Pool played some very steady golf to finish in eighth place, but the star pairing of Oliver Rajaratnam and Sam Gilliland had an excellent day. Finishing with a Stableford score of 29 points, this placed them second overall, narrowly missing out on the title when a brave shot to the 7th green found the canal which ran alongside the hole.
The following day, another annual tradition at Vinehall took place, with the ‘Early Bird Summer Scramble’. Traditionally on the morning of the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, the event was brought forward one day as a result of the Vinehall Sports Day on the Saturday. The event started at 5am, with a huge number of Vinehall pupils in attendance. Nearly 40 competitors arrived as the sun rose over the Sussex countryside, and the competition, which included a number of eager parents and staff, was as tight as ever. Following the conclusion of the event, the players all were ready for the huge full-English breakfast, which traditionally is as popular as the golf itself!