The Grafton Morrish Trophy

THE GRAFTON MORRISH TROPHY

The Grafton Morrish is the annual competition run by the Public Schools Old Boys Golf Association. It started in 1964 and Harrow have won it twice, in 1979 and 1987. Our best effort since then was to reach the final in 1992.

Teams of six, three pairs per school, are required (except for the previous year’s winners – a rule recently introduced when the holders failed to qualify!) to get through stroke-play qualifying days at various venues around the country in May/June each year. The prize for that is to be one of the forty eight independent schools who compete in match play finals, all scratch foursomes. The finals are held in late September or early October (depending on Norfolk tides) at Hunstanton and Royal West Norfolk Golf Clubs.

The opportunity to qualify means that many schools enter the competition, and all of the forty eight who reach the finals will have already gone through a thorough test of their golfing capabilities. As a result of this and the fact that many more schools can produce six good golfers than ten, as is required for the Halford Hewitt, the general standard of golf in the Grafton Morrish finals is impressively high; indeed many schools field teams containing international class players and have a handicap total of little more than zero.

The icing on the cake however is links golf with the magic of foursomes, a game in which many a high-power pairing has trudged home from the 16th green in disbelief at losing to apparently inferior opposition. For any lover of the great game, and in its most esoteric form, the trip to Norfolk to watch the Grafton Morrish is highly recommended, and there will always be a hearty welcome in the Harrow camp for any supporters.

For more information see the Grafton Morrish Website.