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Seniors versus Under 14's; 3rd April 2013


Our first match was against a 14 man junior side at Droitwich Golf Club on the 3rd April 2013. As their handicap range was between 9 and 20 it was agreed that this should be on a four ball better ball match play basis with three quarter handicap taken from the lowest player. To add a bit more spice the seniors would play off the white markers and the juniors off the yellow markers.

It was soon apparent that the concessions were going to be difficult to handle as quite a few juniors stroked the ball off the first tee to distances well in excess of their opponents.

Bill Thompson/Willie Kerr fought a tough battle against Jake Kelly/Joe Price and came out with a well deserved halved match. Steve Carpenter/Paul Walker met an in form pair of Andrew Bak/Nathan Slater and lost by 2 holes. A similar story was reported by Bryan Swain/Martin Cartwright who lost to Cameron Green/Luke Rolinson 4 and 3. Terry Lawson/Tony Jowle had to play well to keep their slender lead against Rhys Hopkins/Luke Lane and finally won by 2 holes. Laurence Hawker/John Whitehead also struggled in a well fought close game against George Westwood/Jack Severn which went to the last hole. Peter Adams/Fred Savage established an early lead, which they maintained over Max Jacobs/ Harry Pugesy and finished winners by a single hole. They did report that Max and Harry had a couple of opportunities to turn the match and had they done so the result could have been very different. Lastly Ian Dorrell/Ken Murton narrowly lost to Jacob Bourne and Adam Rolinson by two holes. The overall result was a win by the Under 14’s by 9 to 5.

The match was played on a very windy day with a biting North Easterly wind. Wrapping up was an essential part of survival and all players were thankful to get Clubhouse shelter as quickly as possible.

For me the day was magical for a number of reasons. As this was based on a handicap basis I was able to play a number of players whose handicaps were slightly higher than our normal requirement. The atmosphere was also interesting as there was a tremendous amount of respect on both sides and every game was played in a good competitive spirit. The juniors handled themselves to a very high standard both on and off the course and it left the impression amongst the seniors that golf at the junior level is in safe hands. Congratulations must also go to Jake who handled the formal part of the dinner brilliantly.

The Under 14’s also received great support from Greg Hopkins, Brian Peplow and a number of dedicated parents.

Thanks must also go to Droitwich Golf Club and their members for supporting the County once again.

A well worthwhile exercise with both teams taking positive thoughts.

John Swann