16 of the best U18 players from across Worcestershire arrived at Cleobury Mortimer GC, having qualified for the Worcestershire Boys Matchplay Finals thrpugh their performance at the Worcestershire Boys Strokeplay Championship held earlier in the year.
Tuesday morning had barely dawned by the time the first round matches started at 8.00am on a very cold autumn morning at Cleobury Mortimer GC. The first round saw a number of tight matches, non more so than the match between Rhys Hopkins (Fulford Heath) who beat Cameron Green (Wharton Park) on the 1st extra hole.
After a light lunch the 2nd round started on Tuesday afternoon, and the close matches continued with 3 or the 4 matches coming down the 18th hole. Matt Osborn (The Abbey) beat Chris Crisp (Worcester G&CC) by 1 hole to set up an all The Abbey semi final against Harry Nicholls, who beat Ted Pickering (Worcester G&CC) 2up. The other semi final was to be between Jack Severn (Cleobury Mortimer) who beat Joe Price (Hagley G&CC) and Rhys Hopkins who beat James Lloyd (Worcester G&CC) 2up.
Wednesday morning started with a 30 minute fog delay, but this did not seem to affect Matt Osborn and Jack Severn who both had comfortable victories to set up an intriguing final. Jack was to make great use of his local knowledge and played some solid golf, to overcome Matt by 4&3 in the final. Jack commented that he had played pretty good golf over the two days, and had not lost a hole in either the semi final or final.
Champion Jack Severn (left) and Matt Osborn (right) are pictured with Dave McDermott (2nd left) WUGC Vice President, and match referee Tony Edwards, WUGC Vice President (2nd from right).
Matt Osborn leaves behind the world of Boys Golf, having turned 18 this year, and all on the WUGC Executive wish him the best for the future. He has already become a County 1st Team regular, and seems set for a bright future.
Jack's season, although not quite finished, has been hugely successful, with many wins, and a reduction in his handicap to 1.5.
During his closing remarks, Will Painter, WUGC President, was keen to thank everyone at Cleobury Mortimer GC for agreeing to host the finals, and remarked just how beautiful the course was even at this late stage of the year. He also thanked Dave Pain and his team for being so flexible and accommodating to the changes required during a match play event with limited daylight hours and fog delays. Finally, he thanked the catering and bar staff who go out of their way to provide a friendly and efficient service. If you have not tried Cleobury Mortimer GC in recent years, it is a great venue to visit.
Posted on 27/10/2016
by Stuart Pritchard