2021 PRACTICE DAY – WEDNESDAY

Both Royal Cinque Ports and Prince’s have been able to make Wednesday 8th September available to us as a practice day.  Practice times will be allocated according to the draw in the normal way.  Tee-times at Prince’s may need to be amended in order to accommodate a small number of visitors they are committed to having that day.  This may mean starting as early as 7.00am depending on how we can schedule the times.  Tee-times at RCP will be as

POSTPONEMENT OF THE 2021 HEWITT

Having written to all schools asking for comments regarding a possible postponement of this year’s tournament, we received responses from 24 schools and the Committee is grateful to all those who participated. It has become increasingly obvious that holding the Halford Hewitt in April 2021 is not a viable proposition. The Committee has been looking for dates later in the year which may, all being well, give a better chance of staging the event successfully.  We are delighted to announce that, subject

2021 HEWITT AND AGM

We have written to all schools to let them know that we shall be delaying the AGM and Draw until 10th February.  This will hopefully allow us a little more time to judge the direction and speed in which the Covid-19 restrictions are moving.  I shall be in touch via the Hon Secretaries and the team Captains in order to circulate details of the AGM and outline the procedure we shall use. The Committee will meet on 27th January in order

CANCELLATION OF THE 2020 HALFORD HEWITT

HALFORD HEWITT – CANCELLATION CONFIRMATION The Committee regrets that under the prevailing conditions there is no alternative other than to cancel this year’s Halford Hewitt tournament.  Consideration was given to possible alternative options, but these are not practicable. Postponement was suggested however the host clubs’ diaries are already crowded during a normal year and are likely to become more so at the end of this year once life returns to normal.  A date at the end of October was mooted but lack

HEWITT 2020 UPDATE – CANCELLATION DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

HEWITT 2020 UPDATE – CANCELLATION DUE TO CORONAVIRUS: I regret to announce that following the revised UK Government guidelines announced last evening the Committee has had no alternative but to cancel this year’s Halford Hewitt. This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and alternative methods of staging the competition were considered, including avoiding access to the clubhouses and keeping social interaction between teams to a minimum.  Unfortunately none of these would have been practical given the latest guidelines. The Committee

CORONAVIRUS – 2020 HEWITT UPDATE

Competitors and supporters will no doubt be aware of the current global situation regarding Coronavirus. Our intention is to hold the Halford Hewitt this year unless the UK government brings in legislation that will prevent us from doing so. It will not be possible to screen all those attending in order to determine where they have recently travelled or whether they are showing any symptoms of infection. Competitors and supporters should make their own decision as to whether they should attend this year’s

DRAW FOR THE 2020 HEWITT

The draw for the 2020 Hewitt took place at the East India Club on 15th January.  There was a good attendance for the meeting, which includes the AGM, and which for many of us marks the beginning of the end of Winter (optimistically) and, rather like the first Snowdrops, makes us realise that Spring really isn’t that far away. The draw itself was unusually well balanced with few shocks or old rivalries renewed.  The second 8 looks to be the toughest

HEWITT 2019 – SUNDAY

Sunday was entirely consistent with the rest of the week in that it was bitterly cold all day and the matches produced some high drama especially at the end when the deciding match in the final was eventually concluded in the sub-zero gloaming at the 23rd hole. But first the semi-finals which were tense but ultimately went according to the form book.  Ampleforth, playing at a consistently high standard, were always in control against Loretto although there was the odd tense

HEWITT 2019 – SATURDAY PM

The weather improved in the afternoon and there were no further squalls.  Light remained good until late in the evening which was fortunate because the start of the last quarter-final was delayed due to Malvern requiring extra holes to despatch Rugby in the morning.  We allowed them 20 minutes for lunch, which may be ample for a vegan teetotaller but is a significantly shorter period than they are accustomed to. It would be nice to report an afternoon of high drama,

HEWITT 2019 – SATURDAY AM

The morning started with blue skies and a gentle breeze.  Suddenly a dark cloud hove into view and conditions deteriorated into a vicious squall with strong winds mixed with stinging hail, the whole effect making you feel like hot needles were being fired at you.  All in all, not unlike a sudden visit from my mother-in-law! Edinburgh beat Haileybury to set up a quarter-final match against Loretto who beat Berkhamsted.  Watson’s ran out comfortable winners against Rossall and will play Cheltenham