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Worcestershire Boys Vs Derbyshire Boys - 24th April 2016 - REPORT

Worcestershire Boys Vs Derbyshire Boys

League Match

24th April 2016

Dudley Golf Club


 (Worcestershire Boys in there new Galvin Green Insula tops)


The Worcestershire Boys team arrived at Dudley Golf Club on a very cold and windy April morning. It actually seemed my like a February morning as the wind chill was extremely cold. As we sat for breakfast Mark Ralphs the Worcestershire County Junior Organizer presented each player with a new county top, which was greeted with big smiles as they look very smart, but more importantly everyone new they be well used today.

As a team the players have prepared well throughout the winter and the foursomes pairings were once again easy to sort. Every player had played Dudley on more than one occasion, and many with the under sixteens last season.

As I watched with Mark we saw some very indifferent shots from both teams in very testing conditions, but on the whole Worcestershire seemed to be edging things down the back nine. When we sat for lunch we had a 3 1/2 to 1 1/2 lead, that in fact could have been better if not for a fantastic twenty five foot putt on the last from Nathan Slater and Ollie Lowe's opponents. However as a team we were very satisfied with our performance.


So to the afternoon singles. As the first few players tee'd off the rain started to fall, and at time it seemed to turn to sleet. As Mark and I watched we started to see that Derbyshire were certainly not going to roll over as they started to push almost every match in their favor. In fact Ben Finch was the only player from our top five to pick up a winning point, which started to put our lower order under pressure. Nathan Slater played extremely will in the afternoon to win his point and unfortunately Jake and Jack could only grind out a half point. On a different day we may well have won these points. This then left both team watching the final match on seventeen with Will Stott needing to win a point to draw the overall match. The game was all square and we looked to have the advantage after the tee shots. Then everyone watched Tom Mooney from Derbyshire hit the shot of the day. With a three wood in his hands from around 220 yards into icy wind Tom struck his shot and it flew straight at the pin, finally finishing just one foot away. At this point we new it wasn't going to be our day.


As I drove home I tried to work out what had happened after such a good morning. The only simple answer is that we under performed as individuals and the Derbyshire team played some great golf. However all is not lost as we can bounce back this coming Sunday against Warwickshire and get ourselves back to winning ways.


On behalf of myself and the boys I'd like to thank Dudley Golf Club members for allowing us the use their course and all the staff for looking after both team on the day.


Ian Henry

Worcestershire Boys Manager


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