The 102nd Worcestershire County Championships was held at Moseley GC on Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th June 2018. The course, as ever, was in superb condition for the competitors, and the weather was to be perfect for playing golf.
Early morning view of the 16th hole at stunning Moseley Golf Club.
The Tuesday saw 22 teams of 3 compete for the Tomson-James Cup for "A" Teams and the Jubilee Shield for "B" Teams. Because the format is all 3 gross scores in each team to count it is notoriously difficult to predict the winners.
With 2 players scores posted in the Tomson-James there were several clubs still in with a good chance of winning - Droitwich, Redditch, Bransford, Worcester G&CC and Moseley. Both Bransford (Oliver Walker, Harry Chadwick & Maks Wyard) and Redditch (James Robinson, Steve Bird & Matt Vigurs) were to finish in 3rd place on 224, but the top spot was to be fought out between Moseley ( Anthony Hill, Richard Sadler & Adam Norman) and Worcester G&CC (Ben Woodward, Shaun Roberts & Duncan Macpherson).
Despite an excellent 3rd score of 70 by County Captain, Adam Norman, to post a combined total of 221 for Moseley, the ever reliable Duncan Macpherson posted a 3rd score of 74 for Worcester G&CC to give them a two shot victory with 219.
FULL SCORE BOARD
The Club "A" Team winners of the Tomson-James Cup - Worcester G&CC.
Pictured (l-r) Ben Woodward, Duncan Macpherson, Shaun Roberts & Grenville Rose (County President)
The competition for the Jubilee Shield was equally as close, with Moseley, Redditch, Worcester G&CC, and Droitwich all within striking distance after the first two scores. In a tense final few matches Worcester G&CC (Tom Deehan, Ted Pickering & Giles Winthrop) with a combined total of 235, were just edged out by Moseley (Mark Dunkley, Dan Downes & Jonathan Montgomery) by one shot on 234.
Jubilee Shield Winners - Moseley GC.
Pictured (l-r) Richard Turner (Moseley Club Captain), Dan Downes, Mark Dunkley & Grenville Rose (County President)
AND SO TO THE WEDNESDAY AND THE INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The individual championship was to be contested by a full field of 50 of the best players from across the County, over 36 holes. There is also the GD Carr Cup for players who complete 54 holes by playing in both the individual event and the team event on the previous day.
A long day for players, officials and spectators started at 8.00am. Early scoring was good with several 72s posted (Matt Feavyour, Chris Heeely & Mark Dunkley) which were added to later by Luke Rogers, Richard Sadler & Steve Lane. Three 73s were also recorded by Kieron Austin, James Robinson & Russ Ager. However, the best morning score, a 69, was posted by Oliver Farrell.
With a number of players also posting 74s and 75s there were a whole host of players who were in contention as the afternoon round got underway. With solid afternoon performances Kieron Austin (Stourbridge) and Chris Heeley (Moseley) set the early lead with 36 hole totals of 146. However, this was overtaken when Mark Dunkley (Moseley) added an afternoon 71 (finishing birdie, eagle) to his morning 72, for a 36 hole total of 143.
Steve Lane (The Worcestershire) and James Robinson (Redditch) also posted 146 totals later in the afternoon. With Oliver Farrell (Evesham) playing a late group the tension was mounting as various whispers about his score started to circulate. He finally posted an afternoon score of 74 for a total of 143. A tie!
The play off was to be decided by the aggregate score over 3 holes - the 16th, 17th and 18th. (If the scores were still tied, then sudden death would be played over the same holes.)
Oliver Farrell scored par 4, bogey 5 over 16/17, whilst Mark Dunkley scored bogey 5, birdie 3 over the same holes, to have a 1 shot lead heading to the 18th tee. Mark once again hit a fabulous 2nd shot to the par 5 18th (to 8 feet - compared to the 3 feet in regulation play!!). Oliver narrowly missed the green and when he just failed to hole his eagle chip, Mark calmly took his two putts to claim the Amateur Championship for 2018.
Mark Dunkley (Moseley), 2018 Amateur Champion, with the Centenary Putter
Marks nett score of 141 was also the best of the day, so he completed the double by winning the Phillip Padmore Trophy.
James Robinson (Redditch) took the Youth Championship with his 146.
Oliver Farrell (Evesham) took the GD Carr Cup for best combined 54 total with an excllent score of 210.
In accordance with tradition, the trophies from both days were presented at the end of the two days. Richard Turner, Captain of Moseley GC, welcomed everyone to the club and advised how delighted the club were to be the hosts for the County Championship. (The club also having hosted the Ladies County Championship a few weeks ago.)
In response, Grenville Rose, President of the WUGC, thanked Richard and the club for being such excellent hosts. Grenville asked Richard to thank all of the staff at Moseley GC for their excellent work in providing such a professional and friendly welcome to all the players and officials. He asked for specific thanks to be passed onto the greens team for producing a course in stunning condition, and to the catering and bar staff for their tireless work over two days.
Grenville also thanked all the officials for helping the event run so smoothly. Specifically the referees, John Whitehead, Colin Day, Clive Werrett and Di Wylde; the starters Rex Harrison, Ken Palfrey, Alec Mackie, Dave McDermott, Denis Hayes and Wyn Bowen: the administration team of Debbie Pritchard, Dave McDermott and Denis Hayes.
Mark Dunkley also thanked the club and the County for hosting the event, and praised the greens team and the catering and bar staff.
Overall, an excellent two days at Moseley GC, which must surely rate as one of the best course to play in the Midlands.
Posted on 15/06/2018
by Stuart Pritchard