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Boulton Salver - Kidderminster GC on Sunday 20th May 2018 - REPORT

More than 90 players from 21 clubs arrived at Kidderminster GC on Sunday 20th May 2018 to contest the 62nd Worcestershire Club Foursomes Championship for the Boulton Salver. The format is 36 holes foursomes nett medal for players with handicaps of 10 or below, which was to prove a challenge for all the players as the sun beat down all day on the beautiful Kidderminster course.

The course was indeed looking excellent, and the players all found it to be in superb condition. Thanks must go to the greens staff.

The morning round saw Jason Allies & Andy Dunster from The Worcestershire hold a slender lead, with a gross 75, nett 71.5. They were followed by Ross Holmes & Chris Whire (Fulford Heath) and Hadley Trenfield & Wayne Boden (Wharton Park) both with nett 72s, and Phil Dyke and Andy Diston (Bromsgrove) with a nett 73.

There were some hot and tired looking players at lunch, but they were well looked after by Sue and her team, who provided much needed drinks as well as some excellent baguettes and chips!

Thus, everyone set out again on their afternoon rounds in good spirits, and probably knowing what they need to score to get them in the mix for the 36 hole prize.

The best round of the day came from County Captain Adam Norman and his partner Andy Goodyer (Moseley GC) in the 2nd match of the afternoon - a stunning 69 gross, nett 67.5. This saw them take an early lead on the score board with a combined nett total of 145, but with most groups still out on the course Adam and Andy set themselves for a long wait to watch things unfold. Ollie Walker & Harry Chadwick (Bransford), playing in the group behind Adam & Andy posted a very impressive gross 74, nett 72.5 to add to their morning 73.5 for a 36 hole total of 146 to slide into 2nd place. Ross Holmes & Chris White added a solid 75 nett to their morning 72, to finish on 147, and Phul Dyke & Andy Diston added a second nett 73 to their morning round to finish on 146.

In one of the later groups, two time winner Jack Buckley & his partner John Cullen (Redditch) posted an afternoon 71.5 nett to also post a combined 36 hole nett score of 146. Other scores came in, but no-one was able to match the early leaders and Adam Norman & Andy Goodyer, representing Moseley GC held on to win the Boulton Salver.  

FULL SCOREBOARD

The presentations were made by John Holt, Kidderminster GC Captain and Grenville Rose, WUGC President. 

John welcomed everyone to Kidderminster GC and hoped that everyone had enjoyed a fantastic sunny day at Kidderminster GC. John thanked the players for supporting the event and thanked all the officials for the smooth running of the day. 

Grenville thanked Kidderminster GC for looking after everyone so well, and praised the quality of the course, which had been very well received by the players. Grenville asked John to pass on the thanks of the County to the greens staff, the professional staff and Sue and her bar and catering team for making the day a great success.

Grenville also went on the thank all the officials who had worked so hard on running the day: the referees Tony Edwards, John Brothwood and Colin Mitchell; the starters Alex Mackie, Dave McDermott and Will Painter; the administration desk staff of Debbie Pritchard, Dave McDermott and Jim Gray. It was acknowledged that without their support the event simply could not have taken place. 

The presentation party - pictured (l-r) Grenville Rose (WUGC President), Adam Norman, Andy Goodyer & John Holt (Kidderminster GC Captain). 

Prizes were presented for the 3 best nett scores, the best gross score and the best gross and nett for both morning and afternoon - no pair being able to take more than one prize. On presentation of the Boulton Salver, Adam Norman (on behalf of himself and his partner Andy Goodyer) spoke eloquently to thank everyone at Kidderminster GC and all the officials for the smooth running of the event.

The competition is usually hosted each year by the club winning the previous year, so the County hope to see everyone at Moseley Golf Club in 2019.