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County Matchplay Championship - Stourbridge GC 22nd/23rd July 2017 - REPORT

8 of the best golfers in the County, who had qualified via their performance at the Worcestershire County Strokeplay Championship early in the year, arrived at Stourbridge GC on Saturday 22nd July 2017 to contest the 43rd Worcestershire Matchplay Championship for the Derek Greey Cup.

There had been considerable overnight rain, but the Stourbridge course was still in excellent condition, especially the greens which are always superb.

In the first round, James Robinson (Redditch GC) the defending champion had a solid win over Steve Lane (The Worcestershire). Joe Price (Hagley G&CC) had a fine win over Oliver Farrell (Evesham) and Matt Feavyour (The Vale G&CC) rolled back the years with a good win over Colin Colraine (Kings Norton GC). The closest match of the round was fought out between Kieron Austin (Stourbridge GC) and Shaun Roberts (Worcester G&CC). Some superb golf was played, and Kieron was 2 up with 2 holes to play. However, Shaun is made of stern stuff, and birdied 17th & 18th to take the match into extra holes. Another birdie from Shaun at the 1st extra hole was enough to send him through to a semi final match against Joe Price.

And so to an early Sunday morning start for the two semi finals. Joe Price and Shaun Roberts threw numerous birdies at each other all morning, but Joe holed those few key putts which always make the difference, and managed a 5&3 victory.

The second semi final saw James Robinson play very solid golf against Matt Feavyour and he ran out a 4&3 winner.

Thus, the final set off at midday, with James Robinson facing Joe Price. Yet again, James Robinson's ball striking was excellent, and he also holed a number of key putts. Despite an excellent effort from Joe he was not able to hold back the tide and James went on to win 6&5.


James receiving the Derek Greey Trophy from Dave McDermott. 

At the presentation ceremony, Dave McDermott (WUGC Vice President) thanked Stourbridge GC for hosting the finals over two days. He praised the greens team for producing a course in such excellent condition, and also thanked the bar and catering team, and Mark and Stuart from the pro shop, who all looked after the players, officials, caddies and spectators so well. Special thanks were offered to Bob Grindley (Stourbridge GC Captain) who was present on the Saturday afternoon and woke up early to see the start of the two semi finals.

Dave also thanked the referees who covered the three sessions, John Brothwood, Tony Edwards and Colin Day.

On accepting the Derek Greey Cup, James Robinson also thanked Stourbridge GC and everyone involved in making the event run so smoothly.