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Morning Foursomes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sussex Team

 

Result

Points

Dorset Team

 

Result

Points

Ali Dalgliesh

JJ Grey

L 0

Dean Barnes

Robbie Mabb

5&4 win 1
Brad Turner

Sam Hayward 

L 0 Kevin Robinson Sunny Wilkinson 1 up win 

1

Trevor Greenfield Richard Fung-on 2&1 win 1 Giles Legg Jon Welsh L

0

Jonny Ingram Colton Alleyne-Davis 1 up win

1

Tom Leach Harry Mitchell L

0

 

Sussex AM Total:

2

 

Dorset AM Total:

2

Afternoon Singles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sussex Team

 

Result

Points

Dorset Team

 

Result

Points

Brad Turner

1 up win  1

Dean Barnes

L

0

JJ Grey

0

Kevin Robinson

1 up win 

1

Sam Hayward

6&5 win 

1

Robbie Mabb

 L

0

Ali Dalgliesh

Half 

½

Sonny Wilkinson

 Half

½

Jonny Ingram

0

Harry Mitchell

 4&2 win

1

Trevor Greenfield

 2&1 win

1

Giles Legg

 L

0

Colton Alleyne-Davis

2&1 win 

1

Jon Welsh

 L

0

Richard Fung-on

 6&5 win

1

Tom Leach

 L

0

 

Sussex PM Total: 

 

Dorset PM Total:

 

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Dorset Team Total:

 

Our last 1st Team League match of the season saw us venture deep into Dorset to the relatively unknown venue of Knighton Heath in Poole.

After 3 consecutive Colt and Ist team victories, the team were in a confident mood. Two early season defeats by the narrowest of margins against Surrey and Hampshire meant that victory in the League was no longer possible. That gave us the valuable opportunity of allowing some younger players to gain experience which will be important going into the 2012 season as a number of resident 1st Team players are likely to relinquish their amateur status over the winter.

First out in the morning foursomes were Ali Dalgliesh and JJ Grey who were pitched against Dorset’s Dean Barnes and Robbie Webb. They were followed by another youthful partnership, Brad Turner and Ifield’s Sam Hayward. Third out were the not so youthful yours truly and Sussex “Man of the Season” Richard Fung-on. Backing the play were Jon Ingram and new boy Colton Alleyne-Davis from Cooden Beach.

Foursomes have been a struggle for Sussex all season and we were keen to produce a better performance. The short but tight heathland course provided plenty of toing and froing and there was little to choose between either side in all 4 matches on the front 9. The Dorset pair of Barnes and Webb turned on a steady performance on the back nine and drew out a 4 and 3 victory over Ali and JJ, a disappointing start. Sam and Brad fared better playing the last all square. Disaster struck however when Sam’s tee shot on the par 3 18th shot off the back of a greenside bunker and disappeared into a hedge never to be seen again. 2 – 0 down, here we go again!

Time for a turn around. With birdies at 9, 10 and 12 myself and Richard stretched out a 4 hole advantage. The Dorset Captain, Giles Legg and partner Jon Welsh rallied to take the match down the 17th but a Sussex 15 footer dashed their hopes and our first point was on the board. That left youngsters Jonny and Colton battling it out against Tom Leach and Harry Mitchell in front of the growing gallery. The game was tight with neither side gaining more than a hole advantage all the way round. The decisive move was made by Colton on the long par 4 16th. After crushing a drive well over 300 yards down the fairway Jonny knocked the Sussex ball onto the green, though some 30 feet away. Colton then knocked in the long birdie putt to take a slender lead. They halved 17th in par and with Colton leaving his tee shot some 40 feet short of the hole on the 18th. it was Jonny's turn to get in on the act. He calmly stepped up and holed a monster putt for a birdie 2 to the cheers of onlookers and secure anotherSussex point. 2 – 2, the guys were spared the special lunch time talk I had promised had we sat down to lunch behind!

Brad Turner led proceedings in the afternoon. He had his work cut against Dean Barnes who was confident following his morning victory. The 2 men battled their way through 17 holes with no advantage gained. That left Brad with 8 footer for the win on the 18th. He took the opportunity to sneak an early Sussex lead. The lead was short lived as JJ Grey was frustrated by Kevin Robinson losing on the 18th.

Disappointment was short lived as Sam Hayward turned up the heat with an impressive display which saw him shake hands on the 13th green at 4 under par, a 6 and 5 victory.

Out 4th was County Order of Merit leader Ali Dalgleish. He had his work cut out against Dorset’s Sunny Wilkinson. They battled hard to the last and ended up shaking hands on the 18th green, spoils shared. West Hove’s Jonny Ingram was also up against it in his match against Harry Mitchell, the Dorset man claiming a 4 and 2 victory.

Match tied who would push for victory?

The answer soon came from the back game. Richard Fung-On of  Nevill was picked for the first game of the season as a bit of a wild card as it was at his home club.  There he despatched England’s current 4th highest amateur world ranking player, Stiggy Hodgeson 6 and 5. That meant we had to give him another try, and he won in similar style against Hampshire. So we tried him against Kent and he won 6 and 5 there too! Could he do it again? Of course he could, 4 birdies no bogies, 6 and 5 again. What a contribution he has made this year, both on and off the course where his spirit and drive has been inspirational to all around him. Well done a terrific year for Sussex.

Another point and we were home and dry. That left myself against the Dorset skipper Giles Legg. It has to be said that both of us have had better days on the course, though John Bury the County President was heard complimenting my deft touch around the greens. OK, OK, he said I had a touch like an elephant! A trio of birdies around the turn however, had helped me to a dormie 4 lead, and I stumbled to a 2 and 1 win and a Sussex victory.

Last match out on the course was Colton Alleyne-Davis. Colton is a great find. A great swing, full of enthusiasm and always smiling. He was having a great battle with Jon Welsh. Tied walking up the par 5 15th, he had gone through the green in 2 but then proceeded to chip in for an eagle 3 to take the lead. A par 4 on the difficult 16th made it dormie 2. Another steady par on the 17th clinched victory and secured a 7.5 – 4.5 victory for the team.

Special mention should be made of John Bury, who together with his wife Jan have supported the team at every match through the year. Thanks to you both from all the boys!

So that’s it for 2011, won 2 lost 2. Not bad, but was nearly so good! Let’s hope 2012 is our year.

Trevor Greenfield
SCGU Captain 

 
 

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