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Men's Match Play Finals 30th & 31st July 2016 - REPORT

Men's Match Play Finals 30th & 31st July 2016

Played at Kidderminster Golf Club

On Saturday 30th July eight players arrived at Kidderminster G.C. to contest the Derek Greey Cup for the Worcestershire Match Play Championship, first won by Terry Shingler ( English Amateur Champion 1977) in 1975. The course was in excellent condition whilst the temperature was at 20C with only light winds - everything was perfect for low scoring golf. 

Dave McDermott was on hand to start off the four quarter final matches whilst Tony Edwards patrolled the fairways as the overall referee for the championships. Great golf was played by everyone with results as follows: 

Match One: Oliver Farrell (Evesham G.C.) defeated Steve Bird ( Redditch G.C.) 6&5

Match Two: Tom Godfrey( Fulford Heath GC) Defeated Anthony Ottway ( Worc G&CC) 3&2 

Match Three : Tom Mee (Redditch G.C.) had a walk over against Shaun Roberts ( Worcs G&CC)

Match Four: James Robinson( Redditch G.C.) defeated Luke Rogers ( K'Minster GC) by one hole

Starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday 31st July, both semi finals were tight affairs with many birdies shared by all the competitors. In the end, Oliver Farrell won on the 19th against a spirited Tom Godfrey whilst James Robinson triumphed by 2 holes against fellow Redditch member, Tom Mee. 

Will Painter ( County President and K'Minster member) described the golf that was played in the final as the best he'd ever witnessed in all his years as a member. By the time that Oliver and James stood at all square on the 18th Tee, they'd shared some 10 birdies between them. 

James Robinson (opposite) lines up another birdie putt in the final against Oliver Farrell 

James, having the honour, powered his drive onto the green some 12 ft away. Oliver chose a 3 wood and played an equally good shot, which stayed just on the fringe of the green. Oliver chipped up stone dead for a birdie, which left James a slightly downhill 12 footer for the title. He calmly stroked the ball in for his eagle and the prestigious title was his. 

The final was not only a feast of excellent golf but it was played in a tremendous sporting manner. A credit to both players. The County would like to express their gratitude to the members of Kidderminster Golf Club, who gave up their course and the required tee times throughout the weekend in order to successfully host the event.  Thank you to the County Officials who organised and facilitated the smooth running of the event, namely, Dave McDermott, Tony Edwards, Will Painter and Stuart Pritchard. 

 James Robinson, 2016 Men's Match Play Champion with Will Painter ( County President)