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Worcestershire Boys Vs Derbyshire Boys - REPORT

Team
Tom Godfrey Captain Fulford Heath Golf Club
James Robinson Redditch Golf Club
Josh Bryan Worcester Golf & Country Club
Oliver Gough Kings Norton Golf Club
Cameron Hoggarth Wharton Park Golf Club
Nick Johnson Hagley Golf & Country Club
James Drury Gaudet Luce Golf Club
Matthew Rogers Gaudet Luce Golf Club
Matthew Osborn The Abbey Golf Club
Ben Finch Worcester Golf & Country Club

 



The team arrived at Hollywood Golf Club well prepared as they’d all played the course in previous events and Hollywood had kindly offered all team members a practise round. We met for breakfast and discussed the morning foursomes before the team headed out to warm up.

I was confident going into the foursomes that we had some really good pairings. The top three pairs had played many times together and the last game were the Gaudet Luce team. However the Derbyshire team played some exceptional foursomes golf around a course none of them new and they won four out of the five rubbers. The single Worcestershire point came from the match Captain Tom Godfrey and his partner James Robinson.

At lunch the mood was low at the Worcestershire lunch table. We sat together and discussed how the afternoon singles were a completely new start. By the end of the meeting everyone felt seven points was achievable but needed total commitment from everyone.
The singles started a lot better with all but two matches going Worcestershire’s way through nine holes. Oliver Gough managed to win the eighteenth to seal a half point before rubbers two, three, four and five all went to the home team. Unfortunately rubber six went to Derbyshire but James Drury didn’t give in as he took his match down eighteen from being dormie two down. Matt Rogers won his match on his debut and Ben Finch got a fighting half from the penultimate game. This gave us six out of the seven points we had targeted, the match was now completely in the hands of Matthew Osborn on the eighteenth tee. Both teams lined the fairway and the atmosphere was tense. Both players found themselves about one hundred yards from the green in two on a par five playing straight into wind. Matt played first and put his ball to around twelve feet, then Josh from Derbyshire matched it. Derbyshire putted first and just missed leaving Matt with a putt for the entire match. Everyone watched as the ball smacked the back of the cup and dropped in. What a fantastic come back and overall team performance. Lets hope we can take this team spirit into our final league match against Staffordshire.


Thank you to Hollywood Golf Club for your hospitality throughout the day, we look forward to returning at the end of the month to play Staffordshire. I’d like to thank Mark Ralphs and Stuart Pritchard for all their support throughout the match, I know the boys appreciate it.

 

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Ian Henry
Worcestershire U18s Manager