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Morning Foursomes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sussex ColtsTeam

 

Result

Points

Kent Colts Team

 

Result

Points

Sam Hayward

Bradley Turner

4 & 3 win

1

Connor Holyoake

Nick Buckland

L

0

Richie Farmer

David Tulley 

1 up win 1 Jack Gilbert Joe Creasey L

0

Josh Glossop Matt Greenfield L 0 Matt Cozens Connor Fletcher 5 & 4 win

1

Colton Alleyne-Davis Jonny Ingram  4 & 3 win

1

Jake Spearpoint Zac Morgan  L

0

 

Sussex Colts AM Total:

3

 

Kent Colts AM Total:

1

Afternoon Singles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result

Points

   

Result

 Points

Bradley Turner

L

Zac Morgan

3 & 1 win

1

Sam Hayward

1 up win

Matt Cozens

L

0

David Tulley

L

0

Nick Buckland

2 & 1 win

1

Matt Greenfield 

2 & 1 win

Connor Holyoake

L

1

Richie Farmer

5 & 3 win

1

Joe Creasey

L

1

Colton Alleyne-Davis

All square

½ 

Jack Gilbert

All square

½

Josh Glossop

 All square

½ 

Jake Spearpoint

All square

½

Jonny Ingram

L

Connor Fletcher

6 & 4 win

 1

 

Sussex PM total:

4

 

Kent PM total:

4

 

Sussex Team Total:

7

 

Kent Team Total:

5

A packed diary which included the Carris Trophy and English Amateur as well as a number of domestic Club Championships, meant that a few new faces were presented the opportunity of representing their County at
Bearstead Golf Club near Maidstone in Kent for the last Colts match of 2011.

Seasoned campaigners Brad Turner, Sam Hayward, Richie Farmer, Jonny Ingram and Dave Tulley were joined by rookie, Colton Alleyne-Davis (CoodenBeach), and late call ups for the Sussex U16 pair of Matt Greenfield and Captain Josh Glossop, who sacrificed performing in his own Club Championship for a chance to represent the Colts.

Hot off a victory against Dorset at Manning’s Heath 2 weeks prior, the mood the night before was one of optimism, excitement and confidence.

We decided to keep experience together at the front of the field and sent the youngsters out last with instructions to go for everything as they had nothing to lose. The plan worked well with Brad Turner and Sam Hayward putting in a solid performance to win 4 and 3. Richie Farmer and Dave Tulley then added another point winning on the last, before Jonny Ingram and the impressive Colton Alleyne Davis won convincingly, also 4 and 3. Matt and Josh battled hard but had drawn Kent’s strongest pair, Matt Cozens and the experienced and talented Connor Fletcher who racked up a 6 and 4 victory.

We were fully aware, have been down 3 – 1 a number of times this year ourselves, that victory was still along way away!

Brad Turner led the team out in the singles. He had a tough test drawing Bearstead member Zach Morgan and his army of followers! Sam Hayward followed, with Worthing’s Dave Tulley testing the patience of his opponent close behind! Dave is the only person I know who stops the County Coach Tim Spence getting a word in edgeways. You will know what I mean if your ever meet either of them!

Early play ebbed back and forth and as the games entered the back nine Coach Spence was worryingly quiet. Despite playing well, Brad was struggling to keep up with Bearsted’s Morgan and his posy, eventually losing 3 and 1.

Early comfort we had experienced from Sam Hayward’s 4 up front nine lead, soon disappeared as his opponent took him to the last. Faced with a nasty curling 12 footer, Sam stood tall and bashed the ball in the back of the hole to win his match 1 up and keep our 2 point lead.

Tulley was then overhauled by his opponent. The next 2 matches then finished early. Richie Farmer turned some recently found extra length into 5 and 3 victory, whilst at the back, Jonny Ingram lost heavily toKent’s top player of the day, Fletcher. That left the score at 5 – 4 with the 3 rookies out on the course.OMG!

Matt Greenfield had holed a series of clutch putts to be 2 up half way through the back 9 whilstColtonand Josh were both level. Tense nervous headache!

On the 16th tee adrenaline got the better of 16 year Greenfield as he flew the par 3 into an unplayable position. Un-phased he threaded his drive up the tight par 4 17th. Though hitting the green, he left himself and undulating 35 footer with his opponent within easy 2 putt territory. Praying for a 2 putt, coach Spence and I watched on nervously as Matt rolled the ball aggressively at the hole. In she went to whoops and hollers from theSussex faithful.

That left Colton and Josh. Josh had rather aptly drawn hisKentunder 16 counterpart,CountyCaptainandEnglandplayer Jake Spearpoint.

Both matches had been nip and tuck all the way. Big hitting Coltonwho has only been playing the game for 4 years, had been 1 up on a number of occasions, but as he faced a 4 foot putt on the 17th to remain all square, none of us knew what to expect. A poor stroke saw the putt slip disappointingly by. Surely they weren’t going deny us victory? After his opponent had hit the green with his tee shot,Colton knew what he had to do. A 180 yard 7 iron to 6 ft set up his opportunity. Slippery and down hill, he stood up poured the ball confidently into the hole. Well doneColton and excellent half and victory for  Sussex.

That left Josh and Jake out on the course both of whom were rather cruelly ignorant of the result of the match! After the Kent player bogeyed the 15th they approached the 16th with Josh holding a narrow 1 up lead. Both missed the par 3, Josh in just about the worst place possible. The great thing about kids is that they watch a lot of TV and believe they can do anything! Josh must have been watching a Phil Mickleson DVD the week before. As I was trying to figure out how he could get the ball on the green, he stepped up took a full swing with an open lob wedge and sent the ball high in the air. It landed on the 6 inch square he had been aiming for and ran to 4 feet! Incredible!  His opponent then showed why he had been selected to play for his Country by chipping to an equal distance for a half. “Techers” apparently? A wayward drive from Josh saw Jake win the 17th with a par. A couple of par 3’s on the last, saw the boy’s rather fittingly shake on a half. Well done Josh, a great result which was thoroughly deserved after the commitment you have shown the County.

So, a 7 -5 win. With 1 match in the League between Kent and Hampshire still to play, we have a slim chance of finishing top, though our destiny lies in the hands of others. Fingers crossed.

I would like to thanks all the lads who have represented the Colts this year as well as the supporters who have followed us. The team spirit has been fantastic and the match’s great fun. In these circumstances success is inevitable!

Trevor Greenfield
SCGU Captain 

 
 

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