Some 86 players from 18 clubs arrived at Moseley GC on Monday 8th July 2019 to compete for the Brandhall Gold Vase Team event.
As ever, the Moseley course was presented in superb condition, and much praised by all the players throughout the day - the greens, in particular, were excellent.
The format of the event, is that each club can send a team of 5 players with handicaps of 12 or below, to play 18 holes medal. The team score is made up of the 4 best nett scores from the 5 team players, with the best aggregate score winning the coveted Brandhall Gold Vase. There is also a prize, The EGU Salver, for the best individual nett score of the day.
Because each team can drop their worst score, it is notoriously difficult for anyone to spot the winner in the early stages of the event. However, the officials could see that Churchill & Blakedown, Redditch, Rose Hill, Worcester G&CC and Hagley would all be in the hunt.
As the 4th and 5th players scores were posted it became clear that Hagley GC would be the team to beat, and eventually, only Worcester G&CC had any realistic chance of pipping them to the trophy, but this would need a nett 65 from the Worcester G&CC last man, Steve Bird. Steve posted an excellent 69 gross and nett, leaving Worcester G&CC on 284 (+4), in 2nd place.
Rose Hill GC compiled a highly commendable 288 (+8) with only 4 players, after one of their players was ill on the morning of the event.
However, the day belonged to the Hagley GC team of Tom Wakeman (68), Lee Ashworth (86), Kieron Austin (69), Stephen Hull (71) and Joe Price (72) for a combined total of 280 (Level). The golf from the 4 scoring players was fabulous, especially when you consider the gross scores were 71, 69, 71 & 72.
Three of the Hagley GC winning team - unfortunately Tom Wakeman and Lee Ashworth had to go to work!
Pictured (l-r) Stephen Hull, David McGillivray (WUGC President), Joe Price & Kieron Austin.
As regards the EGU Salver, for best individual nett, there were a number of solid sub par rounds; 69's from Richard A Higgs (The Worcestershire) , Rob Howarth (Fulford Heath) Stephen Day (Kings Norton), Kieron Austin (Hagley), and Steve Bird (Worcester G&CC).
Tom Wakeman had posted a gross 71, nett 68 relatively early in the day, and remained best score until the very last group, when Paul Garey (Moseley) handed in a gross 69, nett 66. This included a gross score of 31 on the back 9, and meant that Paul was a well deserved winner of the EGU Salver.
Paul seen receiving the EGU Salver for best individual nett, from County President, Dave McGillivray.
At the presentation Dave McGillivray thanked Moseley GC for hosting the event, and producing a course in superb condition for all the players. Dave also thanked the official starters, Colin Day, Rex Harrison & Dave McDermott; the referees, Tony Edwards, Di Wilde & John Brothwood; and the administration team of Denis Hayes, Brian Morris, Colin Day, Debbie Pritchard & Stuart Pritchard.
In response, Joe Price spoke for all the players when he reiterated just how good the course had been presented. Joe also thanked Moseley GC, the catering and bar staff and the officials.
The whole day had been hugely enjoyed by players and officials, and this was down to the quality of the course and the welcome from all the team at Moseley GC. The County is already looking forward to our next visit.