The event comprised of a morning Stroke Play round for both the Individual and Team Stroke Play Championship, which is followed by Three Inter-County matches to determine the Inter County Match Play Championship.
Congratulations to the Dorset Boys who won the team event with a great team effort in very difficult conditions.
Devon v Cornwall - Cornwall Won 4-3
Somerset v Cornwall - Cornwall won 5-2
Devon v Somerset - Devon Won 5-2
Four Counties Matchplay Championship 2016
After what was an incredibly tense finish the Dorset were left claiming a share of the South West Junior Four Counties Matchplay Shield with Devon and Cornwall. With identical records after the three rounds of match play, the counties could not be split and in accordance with the competition rules the the shield was shared.
Pictured L to R are the three team Captains with Mike Jewell (Past President Devon Golf Union), George Carroll (Dorset) Jared Mortimore (Cornwall) and Tom Trowbridge (Devon).
The year has started really well, and I must start with a fantastic result at the Four Counties for the Under 18 Squad. The Team of George Carroll, Steffen Foley, Tom Plumb, Adam Harris, Brad Cox, Joe Turner, Callum Ward and Sean Dimmick played the event last week at Yelverton Golf Club. A lovely natural course within the Dartmoor national park. Tight lies and a lot of gorse plus some very tricky hazards in front of greens. Practice day last Tuesday was very pleasant with a light south west breeze and sunshine. Less than 24 hours later a north west gale and rain showers, meant scoring in the morning stroke play was high but with our 6 out of 8 scoring players all in the top 16 of a field of 32 we ran out winners by 8 shots ahead of Devon. The first time we have won this event since 2008.
In the round robin match play over Wednesday afternoon and Thursday, we ended up as joint winners with Devon and Cornwall. All 3 sides ended up winning 2 matches and losing 1. They also all ended up winning 12 matches and losing 9. Even when the individual match results were analysed they were, I am told, identical. Therefore the trophy is shared for the first time in its history. The results were very close and went to the last 2 foursomes matches with ours finishing with a victory on the 19th at close to 6-30pm. One point extra would have won it for any of the 3 teams.
Overall a fantastic 3 days, the squad were terrific and every member of the team contributed either a point and a top 6 position or at least 2 points. Dan Frost did come down for the 3 days which made up for the missed training days at the start of the year. His presence at the event was beneficial in some ways –as an example ,one of our normally well performing players struggled in the stroke play but after a bit of time on the range and a chat at lunch with Dan, he went out and won all three of his matches.
Mark Perry and I jointly manage the team and are delighted at the professional way they look after themselves, with no late nights and excellent behaviour. Mark and I would like to thank Bill for acting as Dorset’s starter on Wednesday afternoon. We would also like to thank John for spending Wednesday with us and the 2 Ian’s for spending Thursday with us. The boys do appreciate all of your attendance and interest.