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Boys Matchplay Finals at Halesowen GC on Thursday & Friday 16th & 17th August 2018

It was a cool and damp Thursday morning when 16 boys from across Worcestershire arrived at Halesowen GC to compete in the 2018 County Boys Matchplay Finals. After an excellent breakfast bap, the boys were keen to go, with the first match off at 8.08am.

Te format of the event is 18 hole scratch matchplay ties, and with a seeded draw, the first round saw a number of interesting ties, with many of the boys playing someone they did not know. Most of the ties went the way of the lower handicappers, but the other boys all agreed that they had learnt a lot from playing with some of the top County players.

Lunch was followed by the second round, where Harrison Leaver (Gaudet Luce) and Hugh Adams (Hagley) had solid wins. However, the other two matches would see very close finishes. Jack Severn (Cleobury Mortimer) had to hole a 10 foot, quick, breaking, downhill putt on the 18th to beat Tom Newton (Kings Norton) by one hole. The other match would go to the 2nd extra hole, with Brando Sarfo (Gaudet Luce) just edging out Luke Rolinson (Droitwich).

The semi-finals would start at 8.00am on the Friday, with Jack Severn playing Harrison Leaver in one match, and Hugh Adams playing Brandon Sarfo in the second match. Both matches saw some excellent golf, with Harrison Leaver just edging out Jack Severn, and Hugh Adams beating Brandon Sarfo.

Thus, the afternoon final would be between Harrison and Hugh, and be referred by John Brothwood. Unfortunately, Harrison could not buy a putt in the final and some excellent play by Hugh, saw him storm to a convincing victory.

Hugh Adams (left) with Harrison Leaver (right) at the presentation with Dave McDermott, WUGC Vice President.

FULL RESULTS

At the presentation, David Gough, Halesowen GC Vice President, welcomed all the players, parents and officials to Halesowen GC. He was delighted that The County had brought such a high profile event to the club, and hoped that everyone had enjoyed the course. In response, Dave McDermott, WUGC Vice President, thanked Halesowen GC for hosting the event, and passed on the players praise for the quality of the course. He especially asked David to thank the greens team, who had produced the course in such excellent condition over the two days, with the greens being exceptionally true.

Dave also thanked the bar and catering team, the professional staff and the referees, Colin Mitchell, John Brothwood and John Whitehead for helping the event run so smoothly. Special thanks were reserved for Neal and his team for the friendly and efficient catering from early morning on both days. Quality food, huge portions, all delivered with a smile - who could ask for more! The County certainly looks forward to our next visit to Halesowen GC.