Ben Wescoe wins 2013 President’s Putter

by Sally March

Congratulations to Ben Wescoe (2010), who won the 2013 President’s Putter on Sunday 6 January, beating Downing alumnus Adrian West 6 and 5, to become only the second American to win the competition and the sixth Pembrokian.

The President’s Putter is an annual knockout tournament between members of the Oxford and Cambridge Golfing Society. Played at Rye Golf Club, the trophy was first held in 1920 and the winner receives a silver medal in exchange for their winning ball. This ball is then attached to the Putter by means of a silver band and a silver chain. This was Ben’s first attempt at winning the event and to achieve this feat he had to play seven rounds over three days. Four other Pembrokians also competed – I R H Pattinson (1970), P R Pentecost (1974), J R A Sherwin (1987) and A D Swanston (1967).

Ben, who plays off scratch, currently lives in New York where he works for an architectural practice and was competing in the competition for the first time. He graduated with a MPhil in the Art and Architecture in 2011, where he was able to combine his love of golf with his academic interests by focusing on land art, of which the design of golf courses – consciously or unconsciously – is one example. Before coming to Pembroke Ben majored in Art History at Yale University, where he captained the men’s golf team.

The five previous Pembroke alumni who have won the President’s Putter are: Leonard Crawley (1922), Laddie Lucas (1934), Dale Bourn (1920?), John Midgley (1964) and Andy Swanston (1967).