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Boulton Salver Report - Sunday 17th May at Redditch Golf Club

84 players from across Worcestershire arrived at Redditch Golf Club to contest the 59th Worcestershire Club Foursomes for the Boulton Salver. The championship is played over 36 holes and awarded to the best nett pair.

The day dawned warm and sunny, and the first match was out at 8.30am. The Redditch course was in superb condition for this prestigious event, and the County would like to thank the green staff for their hard work in preparing the course.

At lunch, the Redditch pair of Josh McMahon and James Robinson were in pole position after a sparkling 2 under par round of 70 gross = 70 nett. It seemed that Josh and James were bring forward their form from the recent Midland Closed Championship where they won the team event - with Josh winning the individual event. However, there were a number of other pairs within striking distance.

Josh and James added an afternoon 76 gross (76 nett) to their morning round and settled in for a long wait, as they were in the first group out. Richard Woodward & Thomas Ross (Stourbridge GC) added a nett 75 to their morning 72 (total 147), Tom Mee & Steve Bird (Redditch GC) added a nett 71.5 to their morning round of 76.5 (total 148), and Seth Leher & Simon Westwick (Bromsgrove GC) added a 79 nett to their morning round of 71 nett (total 150). As the afternoon wore on, it became clear that no-one was going to beat the 146 total of Josh and James, and they were eventually declared the winners.

Bill Keen, the President of Redditch Golf Club, joined Will Painter, President of the Worcestershire Union of Golf Clubs, in presenting the prizes. Bill was obviously delighted to be able to present the Boulton Salver to a Redditch pair, and Redditch also picked up best gross through Tom Mee and Steve Bird.

Will Painter was keen to thank Reditch GC for hosting the event - and noted that they will be asked to host again next year, as it is traditional that the winners to host in the following year. Will also thanked the catering staff, bar staff and office staff for the professional service given to the County both before and during the event.

Will commented on the support of the County Volunteers without whom events such as The Boulton Salver could not be run. The day was supported by Mark Ralphs, Jim Gray, Denis Hayes and Will's wife Claire Painter. The referees for the day were Tony Edwards, John Brothwood and Colin Day. There was a special mention for WUGC Honorary Life Member Brenda Smith who manned the desk all day. Everyone was delighted to see Brenda again, following the death of her husband last year.