U16's & U14's v Glamorgan at Cleobury Mortimer 31st May 2016
This fixture is a much anticipated, annual friendly against our old rivals from South Wales, Glamorgan. It's a 10 -a side match so 40 juniors were involved, many making this their first County match experience.
The Glamorgan teams set off from various pick up points at 6.30 a.m. and arrived at Cleobury Mortimer for around 09.30 a.m. It was decided to play 9 holes of foursomes, have lunch, and then play 18 holes singles before a jacket and tie dinner.
The first tees on the Badger and Foxes loops are right next to each other so it was a nervous first shot for many of our boys as everyone gathered around to watch. The wind was very strong and quite gusty throughout the day, making approach shots very difficult to control. Nevertheless, the boys acquitted themselves well and there were some fine chip shots and well placed drives onto the narrow fairways.
The Glamorgan side are notoriously strong and have great expertise in developing junior golf throughout South Wales. They arrived with the usual array of low handicap players, including two U16's who are current Welsh Internationals. It was clear from the opening tee shots that our lads were in for a tough challenge.
After the foursomes the U16's were 3-2 down. With a few tighter shots it could easily have been all square. Unfortunately, the U14's couldn't manage a win in the foursomes or singles despite their tremendous enthusiasm. All our U14's were giving away at least 10, even 20 shots to their opponents and in playing this match off scratch, as County matches always are, it was clearly going to be tough for them. It was agreed that this will be reviewed next year. More importantly, it was the smiles on their faces, their pride in representing the Union and their great sporting behaviour that won the day.
Meanwhile, the U16's, staged a comeback and with a few matches out on the course it was all to play for. Rhys Hopkins led the way with a well fought half. This was followed up with wins for Cameron Green, Brandon Sarfo, Ted Pickering and Aaron Brown. Both Brandon and Aaron remained undefeated on the day, a superb achievement by two of the youngest players. Patrick Leydon fought all the way but couldn't quite get over the winning line, losing narrowly on the last. In the end, Glamorgan secured a fine win 8 1/2 to 6 1/2.
In this form, the U16's should have every chance of victory against Leics & Rutland in their next match on Sunday 12th June at Halesowen.
Both Captain's, Jack Severn ( U16's) and James Yorke (14's) spoke very confidently and thanked everyone involved for their support, in particular, Graham Pain ( CM Manager), George Molmar (CM Catering Manager), Dave Watkins (Glamorgan U14 Team Manager), Mike Rees ( Glamorgan U16 Team Manager) and the WUGC Officers, Tom Warbrick, Roger Martin and Bill Thompson.
The County would like to express their sincere thanks to everyone at Cleobury Mortimer for their excellent support with this fixture. Nothing was too much trouble and they were extremely accommodating with such a large group of boys to manage. The pro, Dave Pain, was very helpful in providing buggies and much priase needs to go to the greens staff for their fine course preparation.
The U16 Team
The U14 Team
Action shots on the day - Top to bottom: Brandon Sarfo, Ted Pickering, Patrick Leydon and Harvey Jones
Posted on 01/06/2016
by Bill Thompson