The G L Mellin Tournament is a Public Schools six-a-side golf competition contested annually between the second sixteen schools from the Halford Hewitt.
Founded in 1960 by T R Parry and aptly named after G L (Susie) Mellin, the founder of the Halford Hewitt it is played every July at the wonderful, heathland course that is West Hill Golf Club in Surrey.
Over three days, three separate competitions take place:
▪ The G L Mellin Salver - for those over 55
▪ The Peter Burles Salver - for those over 65
▪ The Bunny Millard (yes, really) Salver - for those over 75
The competing schools are: Aldenham, Bedford, Bradfield, Cheltenham, Cranleigh, Downside, Felsted, Forest, Haileybury, Hurstpierpoint, Lancing, Loretto, Mill Hill, Oundle, Sherborne & Shrewsbury.
Mellin Salver Match Report 2018
The Shrewsbury Team this year consisted of the same three pairs as last year namely:
- First Pair: Angus Pollock (I 1975-80) and Peter Worth (M 1965-70)
- Second Pair: Andy Pollock (I 1971-74) and Anthony Smith (I 1954-59)
- Third Pair: James Shaw (R 1964-68) and Will Painter (R 1967-71)
James Shaw and Will Painter won all four of their matches to lead Shrewsbury to victory in the Mellin Salver 2018. They played beautiful golf throughout but found themselves in a monumental battle against Bradfield in round two eventually winning the deciding match at the 19th.
Meanwhile the ever-reliable pairing of Andy Pollock and Anthony Smith won well in both opening rounds whilst Angus Pollock and Peter Worth lost badly making too many mistakes.
Shrewsbury continued to struggle in the semifinal against Sherborne but the ‘in form’ pairings won well to put us in the final against Haileybury.
The fourth round of golf in two days in scorching heat was always going to be tough.
James and Will began well and were soon a few holes up and were clearly heading for victory. Anthony and Andy struggled to gain momentum early on and ran out of steam as their round progressed. Angus and Peter Worth continued to play patchy golf but were all square at the turn.
From there on a combination of good consistent golf and some errors by the Haileybury Pair saw Shrewsbury through to our sixth win in nine years.
Well done to all six players who are seen in the photograph below with the Mellin Salver.
The Peter Burles
Last year’s winning Peter Burles team returned to defend their title. Peter McMullan (I 1962-67) had not been well for much of the year but declared himself fit. Shrewsbury lost in the first round losing at the 19th but won the Plate with all four players contributing well. Peter, partnering his brother Malcom (I 1962-58), took some time to get up to speed but came good with some wonderful play particularly in the final. Michael Brabner (R 1963-67) and Henry Rowe (S 1956-60) are becoming a very strong pair and won their final match by an overwhelming 7 and 6.
The Bunny Millard
Finally, we entered one pair in the Bunny Millard - Robert Lanyon (Rt 1950-54) and Stephen Shaw (M 1956-61) - who just failed to qualify for the knock out competition, finishing in 5th place.
Anthony Parsons (Rt 1959-64), brilliantly supported by his wife Fenella, ran the event with great efficiency as always and we hope to see them both back next year especially as there is talk of retirement.
Great fun was had by all and it was lovely to see Nicholas Barber (SH 1954-58), this year’s President of the Salopian Club, support us on Friday and join us for our annual dinner.
Huge thanks to Peter Worth for organising and leading the Shrewsbury Contingent
All the match results can be found on the Mellin Website: www.themellin.org
Charles Hill - Honorary Secretary OSGS, Charlesgchill@hotmail.com