Men’s golf at Cambridge is a Full Blue sport, and those selected to play for the Stymies earn Club Colours. The Stymies team is generally comprised of single figure to mid-handicap players though there is often considerable movement between the Blues and the Stymies through the season as improvements and performances dictate and nothing is settled until final selection for the Varsity Match takes place in February. Places in the team are open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and international students have featured prominently in recent teams.
The Stymies play regular matches at the weekend during the Michaelmas and Lent terms, and our fixture list features many of the top clubs in the south of England. Although certain of the Stymies matches are as notorious for the lunch-time antics as for the golf that follows, matches against the club members are nonetheless competitive and always played in good spirit. The matches themselves are 36 holes, with 18 holes of foursomes in the morning and 18 holes of singles or foursomes played in the afternoon. Stymies lunches are (in)famously enjoyable and we are fortunate enough to be hosted by these clubs at no cost.
Practice & Coaching
As with the Blues, the Stymies benefit from the CUGC’s long-standing relationship with the Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club. Worlington is a 9-hole course, but has long been reputed to be among the best of its kind in Britain and is ranked among the top 100 courses in the country. In addition to offering a stern, fair and fun test of golf, it also offers quality practice facilities. Members of the Stymies, together with the Blues, regularly travel to Worlington during the week for informal team practice and playing sessions. We also receive regular team coaching from Richard Beadles, the head professional at Worlington and former Challenge Tour player, all of which is paid for by the CUGC. Richard also offers additional individual coaching to those interested at reduced rates.
The Stymies squad also benefits from the support of the Cambridge Lakes golf course. Although a par-3 course, Cambridge Lakes is kept in good condition and, being just a short trip from the centre of town, provides a good venue for short-game practice.
The Varsity Match
The Stymies team that contests their Varsity Match against their Oxford University Divots counterparts each year is selected in mid-February, with the match itself played approximately one month later. Ten players are selected and the match takes place on the Wednesday prior to the Blues’ Varsity Match, which is held over the Friday and Saturday of Varsity Week. The Stymies v. Divots match features five 18-hole foursomes matches in the morning, followed by 10 18-hole singles matches in the afternoon. It is customary for some of the Blues to take on caddying duties in the Stymies match, and for the Stymies to return the favour later in the week.
The Stymies team for each match is selected by the Captain. Competition for spots in the weekly matches, and for the Varsity Match, can be intense, but is always friendly, as our matches are ultimately team games. The selection process varies from year to year, but a player’s record in the weekend matches and selection medals, together with commitment to the team and regular attendance at both matches and practices are always factors that are considered. The teams for weekend matches are announced at the Hawks Club at 8:00pm on the Thursday prior to the match. The team for the Varsity Match will be selected in mid-February.
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