Golf has been played in the grounds of Stowe since the 1930s but it was not until the 60s, when the old rustic course was redesigned by C. K. Cotton. Without question, Stowe is blessed with one of the finest golf courses of any school. Stoics have the opportunity to play and learn the game throughout all three terms and many Old Stoics look back with fondness on their years at Stowe with huge gratitude for the golfing opportunities that were on offer. The great ‘Laddie’ Lucas and John Langley were both educated at Stowe and benefited enormously as they both went on to represent Great Britain and Ireland in The Walker Cup.
Following the appointment of Andrew Hancox as Stowe’s PGA Golf Professional, golf is now enjoying a significantly higher profile at all age levels across the School. As a PGA Qualified Golf Professional, PGA Level 3 coach and former PGA European Challenge Tour player, Andrew brings with him an illustrious playing and coaching career having competed across the globe on numerous professional tours, along with nurturing many top young golfers from both the UK and overseas. Having also played at the highest level of amateur golf by competing in the Peter McEvoy Trophy, British Boys’ Championship and English Amateur Championship, Andrew has an excellent understanding of the level that is required in order to successfully forge a career within the professional game.
PGA coaching is readily available during the golf activity and private golf lessons can be arranged. All coaching incorporates detailed technical analysis of the golf swing using the very latest V1 golf coaching software. Playing lessons and course management sessions are also built in to the programme in order for Stoics to develop their strategy when competing in high profile fixtures.
There really are exciting times ahead for golf at Stowe as we launch The Stowe Golf Academy in September 2017, which will coincide with the arrival of our inaugural Golf Scholar. The Golf Academy will provide pupils with a unique opportunity in which they will have access to top-level golf coaching whilst also being able to develop a first class academic education. More detailed information can be obtained from Andrew.
Recent performances from both the Junior and Senior golfers have been extremely encouraging and in 2017 Stowe was crowned champions of the Gerald Micklem plate competition at Woking Golf Club following resounding victories against Harrow and Charterhouse.
There is a full schedule of both Junior and Senior Inter School fixtures throughout all three terms with the likes of Eton, Harrow, Charterhouse, Radley, Bradfield, Wellington, Winchester, Rugby, Warwick, Cheltenham, Malvern, Bedford and Uppingham featuring prominently on our fixture list. Our home fixtures are normally held at Stoke Park Golf Club – a fantastic Harry Colt layout – and we are extremely grateful to Chester King (Old Stoic) for enabling these fixtures to take place. In addition, Stowe Golfers compete in the ISGA National Golf competitions, HMC Foursomes, HMC Singles and the extremely prestigious Gerald Micklem Trophy at Woking Golf Club. There are also numerous golfing encounters throughout the year with the Old Stoic Golf Society – these fiercely contested encounters take place at Stoke Park with particular interest being drawn to our pre-Micklem warm up matches at Sunningdale Golf Club and Woking Golf Club.
Master in charge: Mr Andrew Hancox