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2nd Team Report v Staffs 5.7.15

2nd Team Report v Staffordshire - Sunday 5th July 2015

Worcestershire 9 1/5 v 5 1/2 Staffordshire 

The 2nd Team enjoyed a fine win at the very pleasant Barlaston G.C. nr Stone, Staffs, on Sunday 5th July. 

Despite the threat of thunderstorms they never fully materialised and the players enjoyed fine weather for most of the day. Russ Ager's ( 2nd Team Capt) foursomes pairings combined well to give Worcestershire a strong 3/12 v 1 1/2 lunchtime lead. The afternoon singles began in heavy rain but this soon passed and the course became very enjoyable to play in the slightly softer conditions. 

Paul Reeves opened up with a convincing 6&5 win but the Staffs top order began to fight back and the match was soon in the balance. Nevertheless, the Worcestershire lads dug in and started to steadily fight back. With Russ Ager pacing the fairways to support his players, wins from Steve Bird, Craig Richardson, James Robinson and Russ himself set up a great finale with Scott Mason birdieing the last in front of the whole team, who were surrounding the green,  to ensure a convincing 9 1/2  to 5 1/2 victory. 

It was good to see Kieron Austin and Scott Mason making welcome returns to the County golf scene. It's clear that there is a great team spirit amongst the 2nd's and they now look forward to being selected for the Warwickshire match at Stourbridge on August 2nd. The team are now well placed in the league, lying 2nd with with two home games to go.

Thank you to Staffordshire Golf Union and the staff at Barlaston G.C. for preparing the course and for their excellent hospitality throughout the day, and to Dave McDermott ( WUGC Executive) for travelling up to support the team. 

 

Scott Mason on the 18th at Barlaston - Sunday 5th July 2015