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Worcestershire Boys v Gwent Boys at Monmouth GC on Wednesday 12th April 2017

The Boys Team at Monmouth GC on Wednesday 12th April 2017.

Front Row (L-R) Will Stott, James Lloyd, Brandon Sarfo, Ted Pickering

Back Row (L-R) Ian Henry (Team Manager), Ollie Lowe, Aaron Bryan, Alex Band, Jack Severn, Joe Price (Captain), Harry Chadwick













Team

  • Joe Price Captain Hagley Golf Club
  • Jack Severn Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club
  • Alex Band Worcester Golf & Country Club
  • Ted Pickering Worcester Golf & Country Club
  • James Lloyd Worcester Golf & Country Club
  • Aaron Bryan Worcester Golf & Country Club
  • Harry Chadwick Bransford Golf Club
  • Ollie Lowe Bewdley Pines Golf Club
  • Will Stott Bewdley Pines Golf Club
  • Brandon Sarfo Gaudet Luce Golf Club

So it was the first away match of the season and our first real test over thirty six holes. Gwent chose Monmouth Golf Club as the venue, which is set on the hills overlooking Monmouth. At just 5582 yards on paper you could be fooled into thinking it’s a short course, however the steep slopes and small greens proved to be a good test in the windy conditions.

The morning saw five foursomes games contested in chilly but sunny conditions. Every one of Worcestershire’s tee shots was struck confidently down the centre of the fairway and our team looked strong. The golf displayed in the first three games looked to be strong, with birdies being exchanged as both sides tried to take the lead in each game. Worcestershire lost the opening match, before our Captain Joe and his partner Ted finish their opponents with clinical precision winning 6&4. Ollie and Will our Bewdley Pines pairing looked confident throughout and added another win for Worcestershire to take a 2-1 lead. The final two games were closer fought and both went down the seventeenth. Gwent took the fourth and Worcestershire took the fifth to take a slender 3-2 lead at lunch.

In the afternoon I found a good vantage point to watch the team come through the par three sixth. As the players passed all seemed to be smiling and it was a no surprise as we lead in all but one game. However this was early in the round and Gwent were not fazed as they battled back to take two and a half points from the first three games. I remained positive though as I knew we had good strength in depth, and the Worcestershire boys managed to win the remaining seven games to win the match 10.5 to 4.5.

Joe Price our Boys Captain thanked the green staff, caterers, county officials and Monmouth club captain Bill Pimbles for their hospitality throughout the day. We look forward to playing Gwent later in the season at St Mellons in the Severnside Tournament.

Ian Henry, Worcestershire Boys U18 & U16 Manager

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