Recognizing their historically shared legacies, St. Mark’s School and a sister school in Canada met on the golf links this June. The venerable Toronto Golf Club in Mississauga, Ontario bore witness to the First Annual Sesquicentennial Golf Matches for the Ketchum Cup, pitting alumni teams from St. Mark’s against Trinity College School of Canada. Both St. Mark’s and Trinity College School (TCS) were founded in 1865 and team captain Chip Norris, in association with his TCS counterpart, David McCart, hit upon a novel way to celebrate both schools’ impending 150th anniversaries: a series of golf matches culminating in 2015.
Not only were both schools founded in 1865, but they also share another bond: the man for whom the Ketchum Cup is named. Philip Ketchum was born in 1899 in Cobourg, Ontario, a scant five miles from TCS. He graduated TCS in 1916 and after completing his Cambridge degree in 1929, was hired to teach at St. Mark’s by Dr. Thayer. It was Philip Ketchum who introduced interscholastic soccer to St. Mark’s School in 1930 (SM defeated a veteran St. George’s team 2-0 in that first-ever contest). Ketchum was asked to return to teach at TCS in 1931, but naturally declined in favor of remaining in Southborough. TCS came calling again in 1933, this time with an offer of Headmaster, a role he ably filled at TCS until 1962. In June 1963, he returned one more time to St. Mark’s as Prize Day speaker. A loved member of both communities, Dr. Philip Ketchum died in 1964.
This year’s St. Mark’s golf team was comprised of Captain Chip Norris, Assistant Head of School Mike Wirtz, Jon Harris ‘72, Andrew Marrus ’83, Matthew Chamberlin ’84 and Boys’ Varsity Hockey coach Scott Young ’85. Team matches on Friday and Saturday saw the St. Mark’s side emerge victorious even though we were outnumbered 8-6 on Friday and 7-6 on Saturday.
“This event was absolutely first rate,” said Captain Norris. “Thanks go to everyone for their individual contributions whether as Club host, school organizer, official scorer or best dressed golfer. The bar has been set high and St. Mark’s has some hard work to do in 2013.”
Plans are already underway for the 2013 rematch, at an as yet undecided Boston-area course.