WAGS - Wadham Alumni Golf Society

Wadham runs an informal golf society for alumni (male and female) through which we participate in two events each year – the Whitby Cup and the Intercollegiate Competition.

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    Photo: Golfers on green by Sands Beach Lanzarote via Wikimedia Commons

The Whitby Cup

The Whitby Cup, a fine trophy kindly donated by the widow of a former member of college, is open to all past and present members of Wadham, including staff and fellows. The 2020 event was held at The Huntercombe Golf Club but covid restrictions meant that the usual dinner in College was not possible.

John Ford compiled the best score of the day, followed by Peter Lennon in second place and Hywel Davis in third. In addition to quaffable prizes for the podium places, John was presented with a brass rubbing of Dorothy and Nicholas and his name will be inscribed on the Whitby Cup when it can be retrieved from its permanent home in the College silver vaults. 

Cup winners to date

2006: Roger Devlin
2007: Richard Chapman
2008: Richard Chapman
2009: Richard Chapman
2010: Hywel Davies
2011: Jim Ducker
2012: John Ford
2013: Richard Chapman
2014: Martin Cofield
2015: Hywel Davies
2016: John Ford
2017: Peter Lennon
2018: Nigel Cook 
2019: Peter Lennon
2020:John Ford

The Whitby Cup day remains one of the most sociable and enjoyable on the alumni calendar so please contact the Development Office if you would like to play in the 2021 event. We will be at Huntercombe again on Wednesday 22 September. The day is open to all past and present members of Wadham, including staff and fellows.

  • Participants in the 2020 Whitby Cup

    Participants in the 2020 Whitby Cup

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    Wadham's 2019 team for the Intercollegiate Championship: (L-R) Boyan Wells, Douglas French, Hywel Davies, Jane Powell,  Richard Chapman, Haydn Gott, Nigel Cook, Jim Congleton, Peter Lennon, John Ford.

  • Representatives of Wadham's 2015 Intercollegiate team

    Representatives of Wadham's 2015 Intercollegiate team (left to right): Haydn Gott, Jane Powell, Hywel Davies, Jim Ducker Jonathan Roe, Jim Congleton, Richard Chapman (not present for photo - Roger Devlin, Mike Sauvage, Boyan Wells, Nick Smith).

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    Richard Chapman with the Whitby Cup in 2013

The Intercollegiate Competition

The Intercollegiate Competition is held each year at Frilford Heath Golf Club and around 20 Oxford colleges compete in teams of 10 for a very prestigious trophy. For this competition the organisers specify a handicap limit of 20 but they are happy for higher handicappers to participate off a restricted handicap. Somewhat to our surprise, but with great happiness, Wadham won this event in 2013 and now we are usually in the top half dozen - in 2019 we were fiourth equal. 

Join us

If you would like to participate in either of these two events please contact richardchapman@sky.com. The Whitby Cup is open to golfers of all handicap levels but the Intercollegiate event is subject to the handicap restriction mentioned above. We would be very pleased to see more alumni and more alumnae participating – both at the relaxed (Wadham-only) Whitby Cup and at the collegiate event where alumna Jane Powell is a stalwart of our team and was a member of the 2013 winning side. 

Do make contact if you are a golfer so that you can receive our occasional bulletins about Wadham golf events.

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