Staffordshire Boys Vs Worcestershire Boys
Newcastle Golf Club
Newcastle under Lyme
August 25th 2013
Liam Phipps (Captain), Fulford Heath
Ben Robinson, The Vale Golf Club
Oliver Farrell, Evesham Golf Club
Josh McMahon, Redditch Golf Club
James Robinson, Redditch Golf Club
Giles Blakely, The Vale Golf Club
Oliver Gough, Gaudet Luce Golf Club
George Bradley, Kings Norton Golf Club
Josh Bryan, Worcester Golf & Country Club
Roman Croft, Fulford Heath Golf Club
So to the final league match of 2013. The team arrive two hours before the first tee time so they could walk the back nine and settle in before the biggest match of the season. The sums had been done and we needed a 11.5-3.5 victory over Staffordshire to equal their points total but edge the league on games points won over the season. It was a big ask but the players were showing good form and feeling confident.
The players gathered on the first tee to try and create a confident atmosphere for us to start well. I watched all the players tee off and then headed to the fifth to get the first report. As the pairings came through it was obvious the lads were focused on their task as we led in all but one of the five games. After eight outstanding holes Ben Robinson and Giles Blakely were -7 and 7up! The scoring from the Worcestershire pairs was to such a high standard we completely dominated the top three matches. At lunch we held the lead at 4-1.
At lunch we sat as a team and discussed the singles order and how we felt best to play the course. Five players from the team were about to play potentially their last match for the Boys team so were ready to give every ounce of effort.
The singles matches started and Staffordshire only needed three points from ten to clinch the league. They started well but our boys stuck in there and Oliver Farrell and Ben Robinson both earned good half points from being down through the 17th. As the match went on it looked more and more likely that it was going to go all the way to eighteen, and it did. The final two matches on the course were extremely close with the lead being exchanged on several occasions. We required 1.5 points from the two games but unfortunately both match ended in halves. We got so close but didn't quite achieve what some people would have called mission impossible. I must say even though the score didn't quite match the week before the performance couldn't have been better as we actually only lost two points all day.
I'm sure all the boys enjoyed the day even though we didn't quite win the league. I believe the experience will help them as golfers and stay with them for a long time. It's been a good season overall for the team and we look forward to trying to finish on a high at the Four Counties tournament in October.
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Posted on 26/08/2013
by Ian Henry