Keith Durbin Salver (Stroke play best 3 from 4)
With last year’s winner ruled out due to injury Jack Baker went in to the final round leading the way but a bad day left him looking over his shoulder as the chasing pack tried to close the gap but Thomas Oliver was not too far off with his 71 and a 225 total which was also equalled by Billy-Joe Bugden and Harry Mann. So after a wait the salver went to Jack Backer Knighton Heath and we congratulate him on this, the question now is can he defend the Henderson trophy and make it a double?
The big question was could Jack retain the trophy against team mate Billy-Joe still looking for his first Henderson win? It was a tight match with the first three holes halved in par. Jack holed his a great bunker shot on the fourth for birdie to go one up (or was it a mishit? Billy got it back level on the sixth with jack then hitting back to take the seventh. They halved the eighth and jack could only manage a five on the ninth so at the turn it was all square. Billy then took advantage as jack bogied the tenth and eleventh to go two up, but credit to jack who then dug deep to win the twelfth and thirteenth to par bring the game back to all square. They halved the fourteenth to par and when Jack failed to find the green on the par three fifteenth Billy took advantage to move back to one up, but again jack was not going to give up the trophy lightly and he won the next two holes to par to stand on the last one up. Billy hit a monster drive and when jack missed the green with his second the door was opened, sadly for Billy his shot in got hit by the wind and he also missed the green left ending up on the fringe of the ninth so with both chipping and two putting it was Jack’s Trophy and we congratulate him on retaining the trophy and also winning the Durbin Salver a fine double from a fine player. Commiserations to Billy but he will be back I am sure next year.
The first semi out saw a very steady and confident Jack Baker from Knighton Heath up against the ever improving Sam Roles Came Down it was a very tight match as expected with neither player giving too much away, Jack did manage to get the upper hand which he seemed to maintain. Jack wrapped the match up on the seventeenth for a 2&1 victory and his second successive final in his bid to retain the trophy.
The second semi was an all Broadstone clash with the inform Thomas Oliver up against stalwart Billy-Joe Bugden, the last two day had seem some excellent golf from Thomas but his game appeared to desert him somewhat today as he struggled at times to keep the ball on the fairway and as his ball went out of bounds on the fourth Billy took full advantage and always looked in control of the match eventually closing it out on the sixteenth for a 3&2 win to make the final.
Jack took on Adam who was hit by two early birdies by Jack and never really recovered, Jack always looked in control and ran out a 5&4 win to take him into the semi-final where he will meet Sam Roles Came Down who seems very focused and gave no quarter running out winner in his game to Alex 5&4, Alex did so well in the morning and we look forward to seeing him develop this year. Thomas continued to impress and whilst down early on soon took control of the match, all credit to young Ben who battled all the way going down 4&3. The last match was the battle of the “Big Guns” it proved to be a real tussle with Billy taking the lead at the halve way and was 4 up after twelve, but by the eighteenth they were all square but sadly for Harry he found the trees off the tee and from there was always on the back foot a solid two putt by Billy for par gave him the match by one but there was some fone golf played by both players in an enthralling contest.
The Henderson Match Play got under way as the bitterly cold weather along with the biting wind continued. Out first was defending Champion Jack Baker up against Ashley wood young gun Sam Russell, Sam was giving Jack a good tussle and at the turn was 2up Jack dug deep and halved the last to take the match 1up. Adam Harris the under 14 Captain was in fine form and against James Singleton had to be on his game which was the case and after some splendid golf by both players game out on top by one hole. Harry Mann was favourite going in to the game with Alex Fernandez from Parkstone but reputations mean nothing in match play and Harry having been 3 up lost out in the end by one hole, well done Alex for digging deep. Sam Roles continues to develop into a fine player and always looked to be in control against Ferndown’s Jack Fairhall running out with a 4&3 win as did Thomas Oliver against Parkstone’s Steffen Foley. David Lyon Lyme Regis was against another of the Under 14 squad in Ben Small and this was nip and tuck all the way round and after the eighteen holes it took another four before a slip by David let Ben in and that was that. Billy made easy work against the new to the game Oliver Bennett from Weymouth who has played well to get here but a lack of Match play experience showed, we hope this will spur him on and I look forward to seeing his development through the year. The final match saw local lad Harry Rickman up against George Davis from Parkstone. George had the advantage early on but Harry roared back to seal a fine 5&4 victory.
Well it might have been cold but there was a warm welcome from the staff at Moors Valley as we held the final round on the Parks Golf Course which was a credit to all involved and proved to be a great test for the Boys. Jack Baker was determined to claim the Durbin Salver to last year’s Henderson Trophy but playing Ping-Pong on the last left him having to wait and see as 83 was no improvement. Best round of the day went to Thomas Oliver from Broadstone who had a one under par 71 some 5 shots clear of Ferndown’s Harry Mann on 76. David Lyon Lyme Regis secured a place in the Match play stage with a fine 77 along with Alex Fernandez Parkstone with 78. Adam Harris and Ben small both under 14’s secured their places also with fine round of 78 and 79 respectively. We thank Moors Valley for hosting the event and we look forward to returning for future events in the future.
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Well it might have been cold but it was not raining and we were on a full course at Yeovil for round three of this year’s Henderson Trophy. It is all to play for and defending champion Jack Baker was determined to seal his place in this year’s match play phase with a fine one over par 72 two shots clear of Billy-Joe Bugden and Harry Rickman. Local boy Tom Plumb had a great 75 along with Sam Roles from Came Down. Adam Harris continued his good form from Sunday’s Alliss coming home with a very respectable 76 along with the West’s up and coming young star David Lyon from Lyme Regis. We move to Moors Valley for the final round unchartered territory for most with what I think is the first County event to be played there.
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Well after all the rain in December it was a relief to have a forecast for a cloudy but rain free day! Came Down GC did a great job in preparing the course and getting us on all greens given the water around and about the area. So with the sun shining through the cloud we got under way. Came never disappoints, the weather changed and we had rain the wind got up then back to the sun shining through just before the mist decided to come down making it slightly difficult for the tail enders, this did clear allowing us to complete the round. The best score was produced by Sam Roles Came Down with a splendid gross 71, Harry Mann Ferndown had a good round also which I am sure would have felt better without the double on the last. Defending Champion Jack Baker Knighton Heath shot 75 along with Parkstone’s George Davis. It was good to see the players on the course and we look forward to Yeovil let’s hope the rain stops and lets us all dry out a little.
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On a wet morning the rain stopped and we got the 2013 Henderson Trophy under way on a very nicely presented Ashley Wood Course, the wind and the odd shower were always going to prove a test for the players but Billy-Joe Bugden from Broadstone managed the best of the day with a gross 74 which could have been equalled if only young Harry Rickman had he checked his card correctly! So it was a 75 which was also the same for Ferndowns Harry Mann. We now move to came on the 2 January 2013.
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