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Seniors win 13-5 against Staffs on 3rd Sept - Match Report



The Seniors match against Staffordshire took place at Great Barr Golf Club on Tuesday 3rd September 2013. Conditions were ideal as it was a warm sunny day with just a light breeze. The Club had recently undertaken their winter work programme and the greens showed the usual scarring. The greens were a decent surface to putt on and were receptive to a properly hit shot.

In the morning greensomes Steve Carpenter/Bryan Swain got us off to the best start by winning 2 and one. Peter Adams/Terry Lawson reported a hard fought battle that resulted in a draw, which was a true reflection of the game played. Charlie Smith/Lawrence Hawker got their game off to a good start and the opponents were not able to pull back the early lead. The Worcestershire pair came through with a win by two and one. Ricky Chima/Grenville Rose were involved in a tight match and managed to retain their lead by one hole at the 9th. Willie Kerr/John Swann reported a sub par round and felt relieved that a birdie at the 9th secured a half for the Team. Phil White/Mike O’Donnell reported good play throughout and a victory by two and one.


The afternoon matches were played over the full 18 holes and revealed a course with a number of tough pars on the back nine. Steve Carpenter/Terry Lawson were up against a pair that found birdies easy to come by and were please to match the play later on in the round and secure a half. Peter Adams/Bryan Swain were involved in a close encounter until they were able to pull ahead towards the end of the round and finished winning by two holes. Charlie Smith/Ricky Chima were comfortable throughout and won by a convincing four and three. Grenville Rose/Laurence Hawker witnessed a birdie spree from their opponents and went down by one hole. Willie Kerr/Philip White were able to secure a good lead early on and came through with a four and three victory. John Swann/Mike O’Donnell secured a lead of three holes at the turn and witnessed some impressive play from their opponents to bring the game to all square going down the last. A fine five foot put by David Thomas secured a half overall.

The overall result was a win by 13 to 5, which means that Staffordshire retain the gorilla statue for another year.

Thanks go to Great Barr who welcomed us. Catering was to a very high standard and a number of players commented that they will be glad to return to this well presented and challenging course.


John Swann

Worcestershire Senior Captain.