Golfers Celebrate Their Former Teachers

The youngest and oldest golfers in the rejuvenated King's School's Former Pupils' Golf Section crossed the age range to land the trophies at the annual Frank Moore event.

Organised by former King’s Head of Sixth Form, Ian Wilson, who is to have the First XI cricket field named in his honour at King's new £60 million campus on Alderley Road, the event celebrated not only veteran Classics teacher Frank Moore but all King's teachers down the decades, and attracted a much stronger field than in recent years.

Played at Macclesfield Golf Club, the main prize was won by Tom Coghill, 29, who left King's in 2007 and studied International Business at Manchester University. Playing off 24 Tom, now a procurement professional, said: "The highlight was to catch up with my former teachers Mark Harbord and Paul Halewood and the golf, though great fun, was secondary to the occasion."

Some 50 years his senior was honorary former pupil Peter Watterson, who won the Geoff Dakin Plate for his front nine of 18 points and said: "I'm just delighted to be asked to play and enjoy a fabulous day on the hills above Macclesfield on a glorious afternoon."

Also worthy of mention were Gordon Tebay and Mark Greaves with 34, and Mark Harbord, Rob Oehlcke and Simon Carter on 33 points.

Ian Wilson, who finished last and was always a better teacher than a player, said: "Someone said something at some time about the righteous and the sunshine, and it was wonderful to get a break in the rain to continue this long tradition. Frank Moore was a proper old-school teacher who could teach a bit of almost everything to the younger age range and, though those that will remember are getting less and less, there are still many who will smile to be reminded of this great character." 

Photo: Front row: Ian Wilson is pictured in the centre with Peter Watterson on the left and Tom Coghill on the right.