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U18's v Staffordshire at Barlaston GC 20.8.17 - REPORT

After six years in charge of the Worcestershire Boys team it was an extremely good feeling to finally win the West Midland league. Over the years that I have been in charge we have had some very fine players and good teams come through, but one thing and another would always go against us winning the league. This squad that has finally delivered the win has been together for three years and they have built up a great team spirit. In the early days together they took some heavy defeats, but have always learned from each match and more importantly enjoyed playing for each other. The commitment from all team members this season has been next to none and winning the league is exactly what they deserve. We now face the winners of the East Midland League on the 8th October at Kedleston Golf Club for the chance to become overall Midland Champions.

Members of the Winning Squad

Joe Price – Hagley Golf & Country Club

Nathan Slater – Bewdley Pines Golf Club

Jake Kelly – Ombersley Golf Club

Jack Severn – Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club

Alex Band – Worcester Golf & Country Club

Ted Pickering – Worcester Golf & Country Club

Will Stott – Bewdley Pines Golf Club

Ollie Lowe - Bewdley Pines Golf Club

Connor Thomas – Kings Norton Golf Club

Cameron Green – Wharton Park Golf Club

Harry Chadwick – Bransford Golf Club

Aaron Bryan – Worcester Golf & Country Club

I would like to thank everyone who has attended a match to support this season. The boys really take a lot from seeing friendly faces in Worcestershire colours out supporting. I hope this continues and the new squad for 2018 can continue to build on the fantastic achievements of this season. Finally I’d like to thank Roger Martin and our secretary Stuart Pritchard. They have both offered great support to myself and the team throughout the year. Stuart does so much behind the scenes to make all our matches run smoothly and offer us the best chance to win.

I hope to see you all on the 8th October at Kedleston Park Golf Club.

Ian Henry

Worcestershire Boys Manager


Match Report 

Having beaten Derbyshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire and Warwickshire, the U18's needed 6 points from their last game against Staffordshire to win the West Midlands League Title, which was last won by Worcestershire in 2009. 

Leading 4-1 after great performances in the foursomes, only two more matches were required for the title in the singles. The Staffs boys fought back strongly before the team Captain, Joe Price won his singles match on the last green. This was soon followed by a half from Nathan Slater and wins from Conner Thomas and Will Stott. The final result was closely fought 7 1/2 v 7 1/2  draw.

FULL RESULTS SHEET

As a result, the Worcestershire U18 Team are the 2017 West Midland League Regional Champions  

The victorious U18 Team at Barlaston 20th August 2017

LtoR Back row: Ian Henry ( Team Manager), Cameron Green, Alex Band, Will Stott, Ollie Lowe, Nathan Slater, Aaron Bryan, Connor Thomas and Roger Martin ( Assistant Team Manager)

Front row LtoR : Ted Pickering, Jack Severn and Joe Price ( Team Captain)