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Brand Hall Gold Vase - played at Hagley G&CC on Tuesday 28th June 2016 - REPORT

The largest field for many years assembled at Hagley G&CC on Tuesday 28th June to compete for the prestigious Brand Hall Gold Vase. Some 22 clubs had entered 5 man teams for this event, with the best 4 nett scores from each club to count for the trophy. 

The weather forecast was for rain from 2pm, so the early starters would have the best of the conditions. The rain arrived on cue but did not dampen the spirit of the players. However, the difficult afternoon conditions provided a perfect example of why the draw for this event ensures that each team has players evenly spread out throughout the day.

Despite the difficult weather conditions over recent weeks the Hagley G&CC was, once again, in superb condition for this major County event. Congratulations should go to the whole Greens Team. With some tricky pin positions and US Open style rough around the greens, low scores were at a premium. Because of the nature of the event - with each club able to discard its highest score - it is difficult to see which clubs are in good positions, until at least the first 4 players are in. However, it became apparent as the afternoon progressed that the home club, Hagley G&CC, were in fine shape with nett scores of 76 (Mike Daw) 71 (Joe Price) and 69 (Steve Round)  giving them a slught advantage form Churchill & Blakedown with scores of 71 (David Waldron) 74 (Martin Woolaway) and 76 (Russell Ashman). 

Kings Norton were to mount a late challenge with a creditable combined total of 299, but with the last player for each team out on the course, it was clear that the winners were to be either Hagley G&CC or Churchill and Blakedown. Indeed, the overall result hinged on the last match out on the course, which included Clayton Potts-Perkins from Churchill & Blakedown. He was to shoot a fantastic 73 - the best of all the afternoon starters - which left his team on 294, compared to Hagley G&CC 293. A truly memorable finish - well done Hagley G&CC.

At the presentation, Bob Round (Hagley G&CC Captain) expressed how pleased his club were to host this event for The County. Will Painter (WUGC President) thanked Bob and Hagley G&CC for hosting the event, and praised the course and all the staff at the club for their friendly and professional approach to hosting the event. It is very much hoped that The County will return to Hgaley G&CC in 2017.

Will also thanked all the volunteers for making the day run so smoothly - Denis Hayes, Alec Mackie and David McDermott on starting duty and registration desk, as well as John Whitehead, Colin Day and Tony Edwards for referring duties.

The County hopes all the clubs involved in this year's event will enter again next year.