Blackwell GC was the host for this year's Inter Club Knockout Finals, with Moseley & Worcester G&CC competing for the Droitwich Shield (Mens Scratch Foursomes); Moseley & Wharton Park competing for the Kidderminster Cup (Seniors Scratch Foursomes); and The Abbey (represented by John Finch & Ashley Davies) playing Redditch GC (represented by Paul & Chris Hastings) in the R&A Salver Final (Handicap 4BBB).
The day dawned cool and damp, but with the promise of better weather later in the afternoon. Unfortunately, the sun only really shone after the matches ended - such is golf in England in the spring!
Despite the poor weather over the preceding few days the Blackwell course was in absolutely superb condition, and all the players were heard to comment on how much they enjoyed playing on the testing course. Combined with the excellent service from the catering and bar staff, the overall welcome from Blackwell GC could not have been better.
The format of the day was that the 3 scratch foursomes matches for the Droitwich Shield were first off at 10.00am, followed by the 3 scratch foursomes matches for the Kidderminster Cup at 10.30am, and finally the 4BBB match for the R&A Salver at 11.00am.
Each final had it's own referee - John Brothwood (left) covered the Kidderminster Cup matches; John Whitehead (centre) looked after the Droitwich Shield matches; and Tony Edwards (right) handled the R&A Salver final.
In the Droitwich Shield, Moseley GC took an early lead in a couple of matches and despite a fighting half from the Worcester G&CC pair of Ben Woodward & Aaron Bryan, Moseley ran out 2 1/2 v 1/2 winners.
Droitwich Shield Match Scorecard
The winning Moseley team - Back row (l-r) Richard Sadler, Jason Lane (non playing today), Anthony Hill & Mark Dunkley. Front row (l-r) Chris Heeley, Adam Norman (Captain) & Mark Dixon.
The Droitwich Shield Runners Up - Worcester G&CC team - (l-r) Shaun Roberts, Duncan Macpherson (Captain), Aaron Bryan, Ben Woodward & Dave Hunt.
The Kidderminster Cup was to follow a similar pattern to the Droitwich Shield, with Moseley GC taking early leads in two of the matches. Once again there was a close finish in one of the matches with Ian Warner & Keith Holmes (Moseley) halving their match against Norbeth Salmon & Tim Ball (Wharton Park), but the other two matches went the way of Moseley to give them a victory by 2 1.2 v 1/2.
Kidderminster Cup Match Score Sheet
The victorious Moseley Team with the Kidderminster Cup. (l-r) Peter Desmond, David McGillivray (County President), Keith Holmes (Captain), Craig Pates, Ian Warner & Brian Jobson.
The Kidderminster Cup Runners Up - Wharton Park - (l-r) Adrian Barrie, Steve Evans (Captain), Jeremy Hawkins, Steve Owen , Tim Ball & Norbeth Salmon.
The R&A Salver was won by the Abbey GC pair who played some quality golf to beat their opponents from Redditch GC.
John Finch (left) and Ashley Davies (right) with the R&A Salver, won for The Abbey GC.
R&A Salver Runners Up from Redditch GC Chris Hastings (left) and Paul Hastings (right)
Presentations were made by County Vice President. McDermott, who organises and runs the winter knockouts, and David McGillivray, County President. Both offered thanks to Blackwell GC for hosting the events and to the referees, Tony Edwards, John Whitehead and John Broithwood who managed the day so effectively.
Posted on 28/04/2019
by Stuart Pritchard