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Morning Foursomes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sussex Team

 

Result

Points

Kent Team

 

Result

Points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Adcock

Richard Fung-On

L 0 Levi Johnson Liam Sutton  2&1 win 

1

Luke Cornford Chris Jess L 0 Jerome Titlow Alfie Plant 2 up win 

1

Jamie Chapman Richie Farmer L 0 Adam Hedges Connor Hojyoake 2&1 win 

1

Ali Dalgliesh Brad Turner

3&2 win

1

Jonathan Bell Michael Saunders

0

 

         Sussex AM Total:

1 

 

Kent AM Total:

3

Afternoon Singles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result

Points

 

 

Result

Points

Jamie Chapman

7&5 win

1

Levi Johnson

L

0

Ali Dalgliesh

L

0

Michael Saunders

1 up win

1

Todd Adcock

L

0

Jerome Titlow

4&3 win

1

Chris Jess

5&4 win

1

Liam Sutton

L

0

Brad Turner

2&1 win

1

Connor Hojyoake

L

0

Luke Cornford

3&2 win

1

Alfie Plant

L

0

Richie Farmer

1 up win

1

Adam Hedges

L

0

Richard Fung-On

3&2 win

1

Jonathan Bell

L

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sussex PM Total:

6

 

Kent PM Total:

2

 

Sussex Team Total:

7

 

Kent Team Total:

5

Though previous narrow losses against Hampshire and Surrey meant that our chances of winning the league had gone, recent wins against Dorset and Kent Colts meant that the Team arrived at Dale Hill in an excited and confident mood.

Our previous losses had both been down to poor foursomes performances. This time however, the selected team had ready made partnerships. Nevill duo, Todd Adcock and Richard Fung-On, Brighton youngsters Richie Farmer and Jamie Chapman, experience ESN players Luke Cornford and Chris Jess, and finally the young and in form pair of Ali Dalgliesh and Brad Turner. Surely these partnerships would give us a better start?

As play progressed through the morning little progress was made either way. Cornford and Jess faced a tough start as with their opponents Alfie Plant and Jerome Titlow firing 3 birdies at them in the first 4 holes. Chris Jess had a good answer to that though. Standing on the par 3 5th his tee shot took a couple of hops and disappeared straight into the hole for an ace. Back to two. Not content with that he then stood to his approach shot on the notoriously difficult 6th and lipped out for eagle. The birdie got then back to one down but theKent boys dug in and ground out a 2 up win on the 18th.

Our top pairing of past English Amateur Champ Todd Adcock and Richard Fung-On faired no better, losing 2 and 1 to gritty Levi Johnson and Kent youngster Liam Sutton. When the 3rd pairing of Chapman and Farmer also lost on the 17th, things were looking grim.

At the back Ali Dalgliesh and Brad Turner had held onto a narrow lead all the way round, and when Ali hit a beautiful 8 iron to within 10 feet of the par 3 16th and his opponent John Bell pulled his iron shot into bushes, our first point was secured.

So there we go, 3 – 1 down again. What’s a man suppose to do?! Nothing as it happens. As the players ate lunch they reminded each other of the sickening feeling they had felt from the previous 6.5-5.5 losses and agreed it was not something they wanted again. Team order was easy. With the chosen player’s current form, I didn’t feel we had any weak links and, although losing 3 games in the morning, no one was playing badly.

We needed early points, the first few games were critical. First out was newly crowned Sussex Colts Champion Jamie Chapman from the Dyke. Kent sent out gritty and experienced Levi Johnson who never gives an easy game. Relatively new to the County scene Jamie didn’t know who Levi was, therefore not intimidated by his competitive reputation. Fairways and greens, fairways and greens. A 7 and 5 victory! Well done Jamie, a great win.

Next out was Ali Dalgliesh who had drawn Michael Saunders, Kent County Champion for the past 2 years. This match was the pick of the day, with both players at the top of their game.  Ali holed a 15 footer on 15 for the pairs 6th birdie of the back nine to square game. On the par 3 16th he hit a 7 iron to 10 foot to keep the pressure on. His opponent then replied hitting to 18 inches. After conceding his opponents putt the Sussex ball then lipped out. After missing the green on 17 Ali then bravely holed from 8 feet to stay in the game. The 18th is a short par 5   at Dale Hill. After Saunders over hit the green Ali’s chance for a half was there. After a massive drive he was left with a 5 iron which he confidently hit to 4 feet to rapturous Sussex applause. Saunders was not lying down though. After chipping to 8 feet he bravely knocked in his putt forcing Ali to hole out. Sadly the putt slipped by. AnotherKent point but a great game from 2 fine players.

Todd Adcock was out 3rd. After struggling on the greens early on Todd found himself in the unfamiliar position of being 5 down after 12 holes. He rallied for a couple of holes but theKent advantage was too great, Jerome Titlow eventually gaining a 4 and 3 victory.

5 – 2 doesn’t sound great, but as the score of the remaining 5 games filtered forward it was Kent who were scratching their head wondering where another 2 points was going to come from.

Chris Jess out 4 was powering the ball around in some style. His form proved too good for his rookie opponent Liam Sutton, winning 4 and 3. Bradley Turner was out next against Connor Holyoake. Once Brad gets up he’s like a dog with a bone and it was no surprise when he shook his opponents hand on 17.

Then step up Luke Cornford who had a tricky tie against the useful Alfie Plant. A couple of early birdies saw Luke take a narrow advantage to the turn. He maintained his form giving nothing to his opponent and eventually winning 3 and 2 to level the match. That left Pyecombe’s Richie Farmer and new old boy Richard Fung-on, keen to maintain his season’s 100% record.

Both players had tough games against Adam Hedges and Englandplayer Bell. Though only 19, Richie is very experienced at County level and nothing much phases him. I was confident he would hang on. Both he and his partner birdied the 18th and Richie won 1 up. “That’s all I’ve got to say about that”.

Match tied, that left Fung-On to bring home the bacon. High on confidence and delighted that he had drawn another well known player, he was going to be a challenge for anyone. When he victoriously shook hands on the 16th green, a fabulous victory was ours.

Well done Sussex.

With one match remaining against Dorset I am left with a feeling of what could have been. If 2 holes in our previous matches had gone Sussex’s way we would have been unbeaten, but hey, that’s golf.

This time next year Rodney!

Trevor Greenfield
SCGU Captain

 
 

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