Varsity Golf Match beckons for Old Persean

Oxford University golf team featuring Oliver Brunt (OP 2022), sixth from right

Oliver Brunt (OP 2022) will be the youngest member of this year’s Oxford team after being selected for next week’s Varsity Golf Match.

Having represented the England Schools team while a Perse student, he will now be playing for the Dark Blues against Cambridge at Royal Dornoch GC in Scotland on 24 and 25 March.

Oliver, who is reading history at New College, will be part of a 10-strong Oxford team for the 134nd edition of the encounter, which features five foursomes matches on the first day, followed by a series of singles matches.

He earned his place in the side thanks to his performances across 20 weekend matches against teams from the country’s top golf clubs, including Sunningdale, Royal St George’s, Deal and Royal Porthcawl, as well as stroke play trials at Rye and Huntercombe.

“I was delighted to win a Blue in my first year, the news having been broken, as is traditional, by the captain following the golf club’s selection dinner,” said Oliver, whose home course is Gog Magog.

“To play golf for Oxford is both a privilege and a pleasure, our annual fixture with Cambridge being the oldest extant event in amateur golf.”

Oliver Brunt in 2019

Although Oxford have won 11 of the past 13 Varsity golf showdowns, Oliver expects a tough test from the Light Blues.

He said: “Having heard whispers about a strong Cambridge team from many a member over the last two terms, this year’s match is shaping up to be a close affair.”

“On a personal level, I am enormously excited to be playing in this year’s Varsity Match, Dornoch providing a picturesque location for a week’s worth of ‘serious fun’, the motto of the Oxford & Cambridge Golfing Society.

“Oxford University Golf Club has facilitated the creation of new friendships and memories as I have started university, an experience I would recommend to anyone entering Oxbridge with an interest in golf.”


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