The Worcestershire Union of Golf Clubs would like to thank Stourbridge GC, and its members, for hosting this years Worcestershire Matchplay Finals with only 48 hours notice. Stourbridge GC is fast achieving a reputation as one of the finest golfing venues in the Midlands, and the course was once again in spectacular condition. The greens, in particular were first rate, accepting a well struck approach and with surfaces like billiard tables, with the same consistency of pace.
8 of the top 10 players from the Worcestershire Amateur Championship arrived at Stourbridge GC on the afternoon of Saturday 15th August to contest the first round/quarter finals. Given the quality of the field and the quality of the greens it was not surprising that some high quality golf was played with the majority of the quarter final winners being under par at the end of their matches. Every player was full of praise for the course, confirming that any putt on line was certain to go in. 3 of the 4 matches sent to the 17th or 18th.
The 4 quarter final winners returned on Sunday morning for the semi finals, to be greeted by a beautiful sunny morning. The picture shows Josh McMahon and Oliver Farrell on the 2nd green. The players took full advantage of the perfect conditions, with some more excellent sub par scoring.
The two successful semi finalists were Josh McMahon and James Robinson, both from Redditch GC, meaning that, for the 2nd year in a row. the final would be an all Redditch affair.
The quality of the golf in the final did not disappoint the spectators, with birdies a regular feature. After a titanic tussle Josh McMahon was to emerge victorious, with a 2&1 victory. To win, he was 3 under par for 17 holes, compared to James Robinson's 1 under par. (Indeed James was 5 under par in total for the holes he played on Sunday.) James was quick to congratulate Josh on his victory.
Josh McMahon (left) and James Robinson (right) - the Redditch GC pair contesting the 2015 Worcestershire Matchplay Final.
A small crowd stayed for the presentation, when Will Painter thanked Stourbridge GC for hosting the event at such short notice, and Will praised the greenstaff, professional staff and the bar staff and catering team who all provided a first class service to the County and players over the two days. Will also thanked the referees, John Brothwood, Colin Day and Tony Edwards for their work over the two days.
Posted on 16/08/2015
by Stuart Pritchard