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A relatively small, but select field of club medal winners, arrived at Kings Norton Golf Club on Sunday 12th July to compete for the Centenary Salvers, only to be met with torrential rain. However, it takes more than a tropical downpour to put serious golfers off their game and the first group started on time at 10.30am. Whilst the rain was to let up later, the early starters had to play a few holes in poor conditions, although the excellent Kings Norton greens were to remain quick and true throughout the day.

The competition consists of two parts - the EGU Centenary Salver for the best individual nett score on the day, and the R&A Centenary Salver for the best club team of two. Each club was able to provide two qualifiers from two divisions, 12 and below or 13 and above, from any medal competition played in 2015.

The lower handicap players were out first and Damien Mackinney (Halesowen) was to produce the first good score (nett 72) but this was soon beaten by Mike Madden (Bransford) with a nett 71. Richard Harkins (Stourbridge) also scored well, with a nett 73. The best gross of the day came from John Cullen (Redditch) with a score of 77.

As the higher handicap players came in, both Halesowen and Kings Norton produced good team scores (151 and 152 respectively) but the day was to belong to Bransford when their second player, Dave Lewis, came in with a best of the day score of 67 nett. Added to Mike Madden's earlier score of 71 nett this gave the Bransford Boys a clear team win on a combined total of 138 nett.

The day ended with presentations from Will Painter (WUGC President) who thanked Kings Norton Golf Club for hosting the event, and for presenting the course in fabulous condition. Will also thanked Mark Ralphs who acted as starter for the event (and who was out in the worst of the weather), and our referees Colin Day (unlucky to draw the early shift in the rain) and Tony Edwards.

Both Dave Lewis (as overall winner) and Mike Madden (as best nett from the other handicap division) have also qualified to represent Worcestershire in the EG Fullers London Pride Gold Medal Event at Frilford Heath GC on Friday 14th August.




Dave Lewis - overall individual winner, holding the EGU Centenary Salver.










Dave Lewis (L) and Mike Madden (R) with both the R&A Centenary Salver team trophy and the EGU Centenary Salver for the best Individual Score.

Well done the Bransford Boys.