A small, but select field of boys arrived at Hollywood GC on Monday 30th July 2018, to contest the Boys U18 &U16 County Championships. It was to be a blustery day, with the threat of thundery showers on everyone's mind.
After many weeks of unbroken sunshine the previous few days had seen some torrential rain, and yet Dale and his greens team had the course in absolutely fabulous condition. The greens, in particular, were exceptional and many of the boys commented that they were the best they had played on all year.
The competition is played over 36 holes, with a sandwich and chips lunch between rounds. The quality of the catering was excellent, and players, parents and officials noted the friendly service.
The morning round saw 5 rounds in the 70s, headed by Brandon Sarfo (Gaudet Luce) and Jack Severn (Cleobury Mortimer) with 74s, followed by Hugh Adams (Hagley) on 75, Ted Pickering (Worcester G&CC) on 78 and Harrison Leaver (Gaudet Luce) on 79.
At lunch time, all of these boys knew what they had to do in the afternoon round to stay in contention. To their credit all 5 boys also shot in the 70s in the afternoon, and were joined by Evan Lewis (Bromsgrove) who had an excellent 76.
However, with a very steady afternoon round of 73 to add to his morning 74, Jack Severn (Cleobury Mortimer) was to win the Mansell Cup and become the Worcestershire Boys County Champion for 2018.
Jack Severn receiving the Mansell Cup from County President, Grenville Rose.
Hugh Adams (Hagley) with 77 in the afternoon was to come 2nd overall, but became the U16 County Champion with a total of 152, beating Brandon Sarfo (Gaudet Luce) by a single shot, therefore, winning the Brian Peplow Trophy.
Hugh Adams with the Brian Peplow trophy.
Ted Pickering (Worcester G&CC), with two solid rounds went on to win the Rigbey Cup for best nett with a total of 145, just edging out James Humphries (Redditch) on 146.
Ted Pickering with the Rigbey Cup.
There is also a team event, which is won by the club with the 3 best nett 36 hole scores. With only 4 clubs entering 3 or more players, this was going to be a shoot out between Kings Norton, Gaudet Luce, Worcester G&CC and Stourbridge. The Mirams Salver was won by Worcester G&CC, with Ben Wadley (147) and James Lloyd (156) adding to Ted Pickering's solo 145, for a combined total of 448.
Ben Wadley (l) and Ted Pickering (r) picking up the Mirams Salver on behalf of Worcester G&CC. (Not pictured James Lloyd)
Most of the boys and their parents stayed for the presentation, during which, Grenville Rose, WUGC President, thanked Hollywood GC for hosting the event. He specifically praised the quality of the course and the greens.
Grenville also thanked the boys for competing and their parents for getting them all to the event! Thanks were also given to the officials on the day who were: Rex Harrison & Dave McDermott for starting duties; Denis Hayes, Dave McDermott, Rex Harrison & Debbie Pritchard for administration duties; and Tony Edwards & John Whitehead, for refereeing. Grenville also thanked Ian Henry (U18 Team Manager) and Roger Martin (Assistant U18 Team Manager) for supporting the boys both on the day and throughout the season.
After picking up the Mansell Cup, Jack Severn also thanked Hollywood GC for hosting the event and all the officials for their help in running the day so efficiently.
With its excellent course and friendly welcome, the County looks forward to visiting Hollywood GC again in the near future.
S. Pritchard County Secretary
Posted on 31/07/2018
by Stuart Pritchard