Seniors Matchplay Championship 2017 - Bransford GC - Tues/Wed 22nd/23rd August 2017
A select group of 8 of the best Senior players from across Worcestershire arrived at Bransford GC on Tuesday 22nd August 2017 for the first round of the annual Seniors Matchplay Championships.
The Bransford course was in excellent condition and the greens were smooth and true. Some good golf was played, with Steve Green (Rose Hill GC) and Darron Henn (Gaudet Luce GC) both enjoying the course and producing good wins. Phil White (Fulford Heath GC) managed to beat Roger Whiteman (Droitwich GC) by 2&1, but the closest first round match was between the home player, David Hunt, and Bill Thompson (Kings Norton GC), with Bill squeezing through by a single hole. However, this narrow victory was to come at a cost, with Bill aggravating a long term back injury to such an extent that he was unable to take his place in the Wednesday morning Semi-Finals.
Thus, Steve Green had a walk-over in his semi-final, whilst Darron Henn and Phil White were to play 17 holes of golf, with Phil just edging a hard fought victory 2&1.
The 18 hole final was to be between Steve Green and Phil White, and would be refereed by Tony Edwards, WUGC Vice-President.
Steve Green (left) and Phil White (right, with referee Tony Edwards.
The final was a tight affair throughout, with both players using their experience to negotiate the testing layout. Eventually, Phil White would emerge victorious winning on the 18th green.
Phil White receiving the Seniors Matchplay Salver from Grenville Rose, WUGC President.
During the presentation Grenville thanked Bransford GC for hosting the finals. Special mention was made of the superb quality of the course produced for the event. Grenville also thanked all the Bransford staff for their friendly and professional welcome provided to players and officials. Finally, Grenville also thanked the three referees who managed the event over the two days, namely Tony Edwards, Colin Mitchell and Di Wylde.
Posted on 23/08/2017
by Stuart Pritchard