The first semi out saw a very tight match with little between the players and it was all square after sixteen. Ollie found the seventeenth in two with Robbie coming up short and with Robbie failing to get up and down in two Ollie took a one hole lead to the last but a three putt meant extra holes loomed. A lip out on the third extra hole for Robbie gave the match to Ollie. The other semi between Alex and Harry was a very one sided affair with Alex not making the best of starts as he found the trees off the first and never really got going. Harry took full advantage and won 7&6 giving him a long lunch break before the all Ferndown final.
This got under way with the watchful eye of the County President Doug Pratt refereeing. Ollie started in good form and stood on the sixth tee two up. He then proceeded to hit the green in two and with Harry coming up short and finding the bunker could he go up by three, a long eagle putt by Ollie went some six feet past and with Harry sinking a twelve footer the pressure was on sadly Ollie missed the one back and it was one, funny old game match play. By the ninth it was all square and then Harry applied the pressure taking the next three, Ollie should have pulled one back after a splendid second into the thirteenth but a missed putt let Harry off the hook and he took full advantage winning the fourteenth and a halve on the par three fifteenth gave him the match and the Henderson Trophy going one better than last year. Our congratulations to Harry and commiserations to Ollie, also my thanks to all the players who have made it a great competition this year.
The Henderson Match Play got under way on a cloudy, overcast and breezy morning and the first match was tight with BJ Bugden having a tussle with Dan Oliver Sherborne and BJ came out on top 3&2, the inform Robbie Mabb from weymouth had a short morning when he saw off Knighton’s Jordan Baugh 8&6 to be fair Robbie did play some very fine golf. Archie Harding Highcliff beat Joe Lovery Yeovil 2&1 as did Ferndown’s Ollie Hayter seeing off club team mate James Tibbles. Alex Spencer and Will Gourlay had an indifferent morning’s golf with Alex winning 3&2. A cracking tussle followed between two younger members Jordan Howlett Broadstone and Harry Mann Ferndown in was nip and tuck all the way until a slip at seventeen by Harry let in Jordan to win 2&1. Dudsbury lad Tom Parsons claimed the scalp of County Squad member Dan Haymes 3&2 and at the back Ferndown’s Harry Mitchell and Chris Evans battled it out, Harry was always in control and ran out 4&3 winner.
The afternoon got under way with the clash of possibly the best two juniors currently Billy-Joe against Robbie Mabb the first nine went to BJ who was in the main always just ahead but that turned and Robbie got ahead then slipped up at thirteen but took the next two and with each player getting on at seventeen but neither making their eagle it meant a 2&1 victory for Robbie Mabb. Archie Harding fought hard against Ollie Hayter and got it back to level having been 3 down but if you see him ask him to talk you through how he got a good halve at fifteen having shanked it off the tee to the sixteenth fairway!! Ollie did see him off by 1up with a good halve on the last. Alex Spencer saw off Jordan Howlett 3&2 and Harry Mitchell again ran out a 4&2 winner over Tom Parsons.
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Keith Durbin Salver (Strokeplay best 2 from 4)
The 2011 competition proved to be a very tightly contested affair and it was finally won by young Billy-Joe Bugden from Broadstone on 143 four shots clear of Highcliffe’s Alex Spencer.
The final round of the Henderson took place on a cooler but pleasent day at Bridport Golf Club and with the match play places still up for crabs it was all to play for. Last years Stroke Play winner Billy-Joe Bugden Broadstone was trailing Highcliffe's Alex Spencer in the fight for the Keith Durbin Salver but a one under par round of 70 put him in control and with Alex only managing a 75 Billy retained the salver with a two round total of 143 with Alex runner up on 147 followed closely by Dan Haymes Knighton Heath on 149. The final 16 saw some surprises with local lad Rob Condliffe missing out along with James Dodds from Broadstone. Tom Murphy Crane Valley missed out by one shot after Dan Oliver Sherborne fired in a great 74 to secure himself the sixteenth spot. Hope to see some spectators for the Match Play at Dudsbury on Wednesday and Thursday.
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On a cloudy over cast day with no rain and little wind the third round of the Henderson got under way at Broadstone. Leading the way was Billy-Joe from Broadstone with Dan Haymes Knighton; both played very well and came home with gross 73’s. Alex Spencer Highcliffe then followed them with 73 along with Jordan Viney from Ferndown. Alex takes over the top spot by one shot from Billy-Joe. Canfords Oliver Stocks had a good 75 and Archie Harding played him self in to contention with his 76. Credit to young Jordan Howlett starting with an 8 on the first he managed to keep it together for a 77 keeping him in contention. So we move to the last round at Bridport and it is still open for the top 16 places, also the battle for the Keith Durbin Salver will between some 6 players so we look forward to the next round.
On a sunny morning this years Henderson got under way at Came Down with the first round also incorporating the Came Down Junior Open so it was a busy day with over 60 entries. Scoring proved difficult and last years Keith Durbin winner Billy-Joe Broadstone started his defence with a good 75 this was only bettered by one shot by three players, Harry Mitchell Ferndown along with Archie Harding and Alex Spencer Highcliffe.