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So with the sun shining the 2017 Final got under way between Robbie Mabb Parkstone and Lee James Broadstone with Referee Brian Clark Lyme Regis. A great birdie at the first by Lee settled him down. He then took the second when Robbie three putted. Things did not get better on the next as Robbie hooked his ball off the tee into the trees on the left. So Lee was now three up after three and when Robbie failed to take his opportunities on the fourth and fifth to get holes back Lee piled on the pressure taking the sixth, eighth and ninth to stand 6 up on the tenth tee. Lee wrapped the match up on the twelfth to win his second championship with his first being at Purbeck back in 1992. Well don both players and in Lee we have a very worthy Champion.
Robbie Mabb v Andy Rideout, referee Bill Kennedy. The first went to Andy with a Birdie 3 but then he lost the second to par. A nervy match with both players making mistakes but Robbie took the fifth when Andy found trouble and by the turn Robbie was two up. Robbie then went three up after eleven but credit to Andy he then fought back taking the next two holes to pull it back to one. Robbie took the next and but Andy struck straight back bringing it back to just one down after fifteen. Robbie then went birdie, birdie to seal the match and reach his second final.
Lee James v James Kelleher Referee John White: James carried the hopes of the club as he took on the much more experienced Lee James. It was nip and tuck in the early holes but Lee by the turn Lee had nudged ahead and James had to hold on. Lee's experience told in the end and he won 4&3 to reach the final some 25 years after his last.
Last 8 Matches:
|Robbie Mabb v Andrew Robson: A tight match by players who knew each others game but the inform Robbie held his nerve to sneak a 2&1 victory.
|George Carroll v Andy Rideout: A tight game that could have gone either way. Andy just pipped it 2&1
|Lee James v Harry Mitchell: Harry fought hard but was always on the ropes so to speak. Lee was playing good golf and came through with a 4&3 win.
James Kelleher v Giles Legg: What a cracking match this was to watch, with nothing really to separate them throughout. Giles made a super birdie on the seventeenth to half the hole and take it down the last but when he found the trees down the right the writing was on the cards and James won by one hole.
Last 16 Matches:
|Robbie Mabb v Matt Walker: Matt defending Champion was up against the new Course Record holder, the match was a tight affair with Robbie just coming out on top 2&1
Andy Robson v Jamie Lown: Walk over to Andrew.
|George Carroll v Joe Turner: George took control of the match at the onset and Joe never recovered allowing George a comfortable win 6&5
|Andy Rideout v Tom Leech:Andy seemed determined to beat the County Captain Tom and always looked in control winning 6&5
|Lee James v George Seed: Lee looked a different class in this one with George being out of sorts a very comfortable win 8&6for Lee
|Harry Mitchell v Sean Dimmick: A cracking battle between these two players. Harry just came out on top winning by 2 holes.
|James Kelleher v Joe Davis: Walk over to James
|David Lyon v Giles Legg: Another good one to watch with David holding the advantage through nine but experience came through and Giles won 2&1
Stroke Play Qualifier - Garrett Salver.
The 2017 County Championship got under way at Yeovil with the course in fine condition a good test for the 57 players competing to be this year’s Champion. The weather was fine with clear skies and sunshine there was a threat of some showers later in the day. The morning results started to come in and scoring was not easy for some. George Carroll was one over on 72 as was Andy Rideout Dudsbury and David Lyon Lyme Regis. Local lad James Kelleher had a fine two under par 69 which was bettered by one by Broadstones Lee James. The morning though belonged to Parkstone’s Robbie Mabb who had an incredible round of 62 which is 9 under and a course record.
With the second round under way and around 6 groups to complete their first round still to come in the weather made a turn for the worst and we were hit with a spectacular lightning show along with Thunder this was then followed by torrential rain and hail which saw the course go from green to white over. Play was suspended for several hours, as time went on it was clear we were going to struggle to get the 36 hole competition completed and now it was a battle to a least get the opening round done. At 16:00 the second round was abandoned and we now focused on getting the final six groups round to finish the first round. We did in fact get completed and I thank all those who helped to get them round squeegeeing greens as they went on.
|Robbie Mabb Parkstone 62
|Lee James Broadstone 68
|James Kelleher Yeovil 69
|Sika Trophy (Mid-Amateur):
|Lee James Broadston 68
|Luffman Trophy (Colts):
|George Carroll DG&CC 72
|Team Cup Winners
|Parkstone R Mabb D Cook D Norton
Team Cup: Parkstone 137
Parkstone will go forward to represent both their club and Dorset at the English Champion Club event later this year at East Devon.