After 6 months of knockout golf during the appalling weather of the 2017-2018 winter, the finalists for the Droitwich Shield (Mens Scratch Foursomes Teams), the Kidderminster Cup (Seniors Scratch Foursomes Teams), and the R&A Salver (Mens Handicap 4BBB) assembled at Blackwell GC on Sunday 29th April 2018.
The weather was cold and overcast, but the Blackwell course was in stunning condition given the recent poor weather, and all the players were looking forward to getting out on the course.
DROITWICH SHIELD REPORT
The morning started with the 3 foursomes matches of the Droitwich Shield. The quality of golf was exceptional with both teams scoring well, and all three matches quite tight. However, the first pair for The Worcestershire (Steve Lane & Phil Shurmer) moved away on the back 9 and beat the Kiddermister pair of Luke Rogers & Aubrey Pearson by 4&3. The other two matches came down the 18th hole, with the overall match results in doubt to the very end. Eventually Dave Marshall & Peter Lupino (The Worcestershire) won 1 up, beating Matt Rock & Callum Hutchinson for Kidderminster; and the match between Tom Howells & Jason Allies (The Worcestershire) and James Bulmer & Mark Dudley (Kidderminster) finished all square. Overall The Worcestershire won 2 1/2 - 1/2.
Droitwich Shield Match Score
The Worcestershire GC win the Droitwich Shield. Pictured (l-r) John Williams (Club Captain), Tom Howells, Phil Shurmer, Jason Allies, Grenville Rose (County President), Dave Marshall (Team Captain), Steve Lane & Peter Lupino.
Runners Up in the Droitwich Shield, Kidderminster GC. Pictured (l-r) James Bulmer, Aubrey Pearson, Luke Rogers, Grenville Rose (County President), Matt Rock, Callum Hutchinson & Mark Dudley (Team Captain).
KIDDERMINSTER CUP REPORT
Second match of the day was the Kidderminster Cup, with 3 pairs from Stourbridge GC taking on 3 pairs from Kings Norton GC. After 9 holes Kings Norton GC were ahead in all three games, and despite a fight back from Stourbridge GC on the back 9, all three games went the way of Kings Norton GC.
The leading KIngs Norton pair of Bill Thompson & Martin Mahon beat the Stourbridge pair of Lyndsay Dews & David Wainwright by 3&2; Roger Martin & Rob Goodyer (Kings Norton) beat Steve Carpenter & Alun McGrath (Stourbridge) 6&4; and Rob Buckey & Laurence Hawker (Kings Norton) beat Colin Bullock & Graham Bradley (Stourbridge) by 2&1. Overall a 3 - 0 win for Kings Norton GC.
Kidderminster Cup Match Score
Kings Norton GC win the Kidderminster Cup. Pictured (l-r) Laurence Hawker, Martin Mahon, Rob Buckey (Team Captain), Grenville Rose (County President), Rob Goodyer, Roger Martin & Bill Thompson.
Kidderminster Cup Runners Up, Stourbridge GC. Pictured (l-r) Steve Carpenter, Colin Bullock, Alun McGrath (Team Captain), Grenville Rose (County President), David Wainwright & Graham Bradley. (Not pictured Lyndsay Dews.)
R&A SALVER REPORT
The inaugural Handicap 4BBB final for the R&A Salver was eagerly anticipated by JP McCaughey & Jimmy McLaughlin, representing Hollywood GC, and Dave Simmonds & Andy Morris, representing Little Lakes GC.
Both pairs had to overcome some difficult opponents to make it to the final and they should be proud to have represented their clubs at this top County level.
After 9 holes the Hollywood pair were well ahead but Dave & Andy fought back strongly on the back 9. However, JP and Jimmy held on to win 2&1, ensuring that the R&A Salver would be making it's way back to Hollywood GC for the next 12 months.
R&A Salver Complete Draw Sheet
R&A Salver Winners, representing Hollywood GC, James McLaughlin (left) and JP McCaughey, collecting the trophy from Dave McDemott (County Vice-President and Tournament Director).
Inaugural R&A Salver 4BBB Finalists, including Andy Simmonds (far left) and Dave Simmonds (mid left) the runners up from Little Lakes GC.
During the presentations, all the players joined County President, Grenville Rose, and County Vice President, Dave McDermott, in thanking Blackwell GC for hosting the finals and for presenting the course in such excellent condition. Thanks was also offered to the three referees who managed the matches so efficiently. They were, Colin Day, Tony Edwards and John Brothwood whilst Dave McDermott acted as the official starter for every match.
Posted on 29/04/2018
by Stuart Pritchard