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County Championship Team Event at Hagley G&CC on Tuesday 27th June 2017

The rearranged County Championship took place at Hagley G&CC on Tuesday 27th June 2017, with 16 clubs fielding sides in the A Team Competition and 6 clubs taking part in the B Team Competition.

Teams in both competitions consisted of 3 players with the gross medal score for all players being added together for the team score - a tricky format, with all shots of all team members counting!! Once again, Hagley G&CC had produced a course in superb condition for the players to enjoy, with the greens being especially true and well paced. 

The A Team Competition for the Tomson-James Cup was to be a very closely contested affair with the home team from Hagley G&CC putting up a good fight, eventually finishing 4th on 240. Worcester G&CC (the defending champions) finished 3rd on 238. The Fulford Heath GC team of Jim McMahon, Tom Godfrey and Roman Croft were on top of the leader board for some time, but everyone in the clubhouse were waiting for the Bransford results, with their last player being in the last group out. With Bransford eventually finishing on a total of 234, they lost out to Fulford Heath (233) by a single shot.

The B Team Competition for the Jubilee Shield was a more clear cut result, with Redditch GC in 2nd place on 240, behind the Worcester G&CC team of Tom Deehan, Ted Pickering and Jake Hamer on 234. Thus the Worcester G&CC B Team defended the Jubilee shield they won on home territory last year, with a score only 1 higher than the A Team winners. 

With no individual winners on the day, it should still be noted that there were 3 sub par rounds; Ted Pickering (Worcester G&CC B) and Ben Woodward (Worcester G&CC A) with 71s, and an excellent 68 from Oliver Farrell from Evesham GC. 

Oliver's 68, added to his winning 144 total from the Individual Championship meant that he was a clear winner of the combined 54 hole GD Carr Cup with 212, from James Robinson (Redditch GC) who shot 72 to add to his 146 total from the Individual Championship for a combined total of 218.

At the short presentation ceremony Grenville Rose, WUGC President, thanked Hagley G&CC for hosting the event at such short notice, following the abandonment of the original event on 6th June 2017. It was noted that the green staff had, once again, put in the extra effort to present the course at it's best for this major event, and that everyone at the club had gone out of their way to ensure players and officials were well looked after all day.

Grenville also thanked the hard working volunteers who ensured the day ran smoothly. Denis Hayes did a shift on the recorders desk as well as doing some starting; Tony Edwards and Colin Day worked all day as referees; and the ever present Dave McDermott did a long stint as starter, and then spent another 6 hours on the recorders desk.

Oliver Farrell, when presented with the GD Carr Cup, also thanked Hagley G&CC for hosting the event and for producing a course in such good condition.

Oliver Farrell receives the GD Carr Cup from WUGC President Grenville Rose.