After the Team Event has been abandoned because of torrential rain the day before, everyone was pleased that Wednesday 7th June was set to be a good day for golf for the Individual County Championship. Rain was not expected until after play, although a strong breeze was to make the Hagley G&CC course a difficult test for the players.
The course was in excellent condition, with quick and true greens as favoured by all the best players. Given the strong wind, the morning scores were very impressive, with James Robinson (Reddtch GC) and Shaun Roberts (Worcester G&CC) both carding level par rounds of 72. They were closely followed by Matt Feavyour (The Vale) and Oliver Farrell (Evesham GC) with 73s, and Adam Norman (Moseley GC) and Steve Lane (The Worcestershire) with 74s. With 4 other players on 75 or 76, the title was certainly all to play for in the afternoon.
James Robinson added a solid 74 to his opening round of 72 to finish on 146, and Colin Colraine (Kings Norton GC) compiled an excellent 71 to add to his morning 75, to also finish on 146. Kieron Austin (Stourbridge GC) was another player to break par in the afternoon, with a 71 to add to a morning 76, to finish on 147. His total was matched by Shaun Roberts after an afternoon 75.
However, Oliver Farrell was once again to take the Gold Medal, adding a 71 to his morning round of 73 to finish on a level par total of 144. Oliver also won in 2016 and 2014, and added the Youths Championship to his overall win, as he also did in 2016 and 2014.
Kieron Austin won the Philip Padmore Bowl for the best 36 hole nett score, beating both Colin Colraine and Russ Ager (Redditch GC) on the back 18.
Kieron Austin receiving the Philip Padmore Bowl from WUGC County President, Grenville Rose.
At the prize presentation Grenville Rose was keen to thank Hagley G&CC for hosting the event. He thanked all the bar and catering staff and had particular praise for the greens staff for their herculean effort to try to get the course ready for play on the day of the team championship, and for producing a course in such excellent condition for the individual event. Grenville also thanked the volunteers who made the day possible; Dave McDermott, Alec Mackie and Denis Hayes for starting; Pete Adams, Dave McDermott and Denis Hayes for working on the recorders desk; and Tony Edwards, John Whitehead and Colin Day, the referees.
The team event has been rescheduled for Tuesday 27th June, and this will also allow the completion of the GD Carr Cup, which is a 54 hole event, to include the team score (18 holes) and the County Championship Individual score (36 hole).
Posted on 08/06/2017
by Stuart Pritchard