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County Championship - Worcester G&CC 8th & 9th June 2016 REPORT

Wednesday 8th June saw some 81 players (forming 27 teams of 3) arrive at Worcester G&CC for the 1st day of the 100th Worcestershire Amateur County Championship. The sun was shining and the course was in fabulous condition and everyone was looking forward to some exceptional golf.

The first highlight of the day was a hole in one by Iain Milroy (Droitwich GC) on the 8th hole, watched by Chief Referee, Tony Edwards, who advised that it was a perfectly struck shot that never looked like missing!

As the day wore on, it became clear that the home teams were going to set good targets in both the Tomson Shield (A Team) and the Jubilee Shield (B Team) events. In the Tomson James Trophy, Worcester G&CC were chased all the way by Fulford Heath GC, who finished with a combined score of 215. However, Worcester G&CC's 3rd player scored a level par 70, to go with another 70 and a 73, to ensure the trophy would go to the host club.

Pictured (L-R) Josh Bryan, Duncan Macpherson & Lee Richardson (Worcs G&CC) Tomson Shield Winners

The Jubilee Shield also went to Worcester G&CC, despite a valiant effort by Bransford, whose score of 224 would have been good enough to have won them the trophy over many years of this competition. However, Worcester G&CC scored a record breaking 218 (rounds of 70,74 & 74).

 Ben Woodward (L) and Shaun Roberts (R) with the  Jubilee Shield, Anthony Ottway, the 3rd team  member, was unavailable due to work commitments  in China!

The WUGC Amateur Individual Championships

Thursday 8th June saw 50 of the best golfers across Worcestershire competing over 36 holes for the individual title. Yet again, we had a hole in one, this time by Phil Dyke (Bromsgrove GC) in his morning 74.

Some fabulous golf was played in the morning with Oliver Farrell leading the way on 68, Tom Godfrey on 69 and James Robinson, Matt Vigurs, Chris Nugent and Henry James all recording level par 70s.

With several of the leading players out in the later groups the result was not going to be clear until late in the day. The best afternoon round came from Tom Mee (Redditch GC) with a 68, which was to win him the Philip Padmore Nett Trophy with 72 & 68 gross, 69 & 65 nett = 134, some 6 shots clear of Shaun Roberts (Worcs G&CC) on 140.

 Tom Mee with the Philip Padmore Trophy for the best nett.

James Robinson added a 72 to his morning round of 70 for a 142 total, and Anthony Ottway added an afternoon 70 to his morning 73 for a 143 total, but the title was taken by Oliver Farrell (Evesham GC) whose afternoon 71 gave him a 36 hole total of 139, edging out Tom Mee by just one shot.

Oliver Farrell (centre), with the Centenary Putter. PIctured with him are Will Painter (President of the Worcestershire Union of Golf Clubs) and the Worcester G&CC Captain Tony Sanders.

As part of the two day Championships there is a 54 hole competition, for those who played in both the team event on the Wednesday and the individual event on the Thursday. To cap an excellent two days for Worcester G&CC this was won by Anthony Ottway. His team score was 70, and this, added to his individual scores of 73 & 70 = 213. He beat Tom Godfrey and Chris Nugent (both of Fulford Heath GC) by just one stroke.

On behalf of all the players, The County would like to thank Worcester G&CC for hosting the event. The administration was first class and the course was in perfect condition. Special praise must go to Mike Milinczuk (Head Greenkeeper) and his team, who worked so hard to make the course really special for the players.

The County would like to thank the volunteers who gave up so much of their time to make the event run extremely smoothly. First in line must be Alec Mackie, the semi professional starter from the home club, who  started for over 8 hours in total. The County would like him to consider starting all our events in future! County officials who also helped with the starting, the administration desk and the scoring were Dave McDermott, Denis Hayes and Jim Gray. Tony Edwards, and his team of referees, John Brothwood, Colin Day, John Whitehead and Di Wylde, were all instrumental in making both days run so well. Thank you all.

At the presentations on the Thursday evening Tony Sanders (Worcester G&CC Captain) welcomed everyone to the club and hoped that they'd enjoyed the course and the hospitality provided. Will Painter (WUGC President) praised the course and the facilities at Worcester G&CC and thanked everyone for their excellent support in helping to run the event.