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Sussex Team

 

 

 

      Surrey Team

 

 

 

 

 

Result

Pts

 

 

Result

Pts

Ashley Rees   &

J J Grey

½ Josh White        & Ben Taylor H

½

Wayne Hawes   & Richard Fung-On L  0 Lee Cameron     & Curtis Griffiths 2 up

1  

Brad Turner    & Jonny Ingram L

 0

David Corben     & Mark Finbow 2 up

Luke Cornford & James Doswell

L

 0

Simon Crockett  & Stiggy Hodgson  4&3 win

 

            Sussex AM Total:

  ½ 

 

                  Surrey AM Total:

 3½ 

Afternoon Singles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result

Pts

 

Result

Pts

Ashley Rees

L

 0 

Ben Taylor

4&3 win

 1 

James Doswell

2&1 win

1

Curtis Griffiths

 0

Luke Cornford

1 up

1

Lee Cameron

L

 0

J J Grey

2&1 win

1

Mark Finbow

L

Wayne Hawes

3&2 win

1

David Corbin

Jonny Ingram

L

Simon Crokett

2&1 win

Brad Turner

L

Josh White

3&2 win

Richard Fung-On

6&5 win

Stiggy Hodgson

 

       Sussex PM total:

 

              Surrey PM total:

3

 

Sussex Team Total:

 

 

      Surrey Team Total:

 

Sussex commenced their 2011 League fixtures with a tough match at Nevill against arch rivals Surrey on the 22nd May.

Play commenced on a blustery but fine morning. Despite some decent early morning rainfall, the course was hard and this combined with the wind would make Nevill a tough test for one and all.

As the 4 morning foursome’s matches progressed there was nothing to choose with all games swinging to and fro, neither side taking a grip on the match. At the turn, the ESN pair of Ashley Rees and JJ Grey were battling hard against Surrey’s Josh White and Ben Taylor but found themselves a couple down. Second out was the experienced Wayne Hawes who had teamed up with Nevill member Richard Fung-On who was earning his first County cap at the grand old age of 37! The two were gelling well and stole an early lead, as did youngsters Jonny Ingram and Bradley Turner.

The back game saw the in form Luke Cornford and James Doswell pitch up against England player Stiggy Hodgson and last years Surrey Captain, Simon Crockett. A mouth watering contest saw the Surrey men steal an early two hole advantage.

With half an hours play left either side could have sat down to lunch 4 matches up.

Sussex’s top pairing won the 17th to stand on the 18th tee 1 down. Rees split the fairway leaving 18 year old JJ to dance a wedge around the hole, and leave an 8 foot birdie put for Ashley to bolt in the back of the hole and earn battling half. Was this the start of slide of fortune Sussex’s way? Sadly no!

A series of missed opportunities and poor clubbing decisions meant that Surrey turned both the 2nd and 3rd matches into narrow victories. When Hodgson and Crockett failed to present Cornford and Doswell any opportunities to close their deficit, Sussex looked like getting a hiding.

Lunch was a quiet reflective event during which the mornings play was calmly discussed! All agreed that they should try and get the ball in the hole a little quicker than they had in the morning and that the performance would not be repeated.

The teamed approached first tee standing, tall looking confident, but with ears burning!!!

From the start they came out all guns blazing. The 4 ESN men lead the team out and at the turn 3 out of 4 were up. As news of our early success filtered back all became inspired and mid way through the afternoon, Sussex were up in 7 of the 8 matches. Was an upset on the cards?

In the top match Ashley Rees battled hard against Surrey’s promising youngster Ben Taylor. The Surrey player was missing greens regularly, but his short game was incredible, and lead to an early 4 and 3 victory, to extend their lead to 4½ - ½.

Then the tide began to turn. Doswell turned in another victory at number 2 followed by another point from Luke Cornford who held his nerve at the last with a testing up and down to take a 1 up victory.

JJ Grey then polished off a fine display to beat Mark Finbow 2 and 1. And when Wayne Hawes polished off David Corbin 4 and 3 in match 5 with a fine sub par display, a Sussex come back really was on the cards.

Local man Richard Fung-On was sent out as anchor man, and to his delight was drawn against the well known and formidable Stiggy. He was distraught at his morning’s performance and was not going to allow another opportunity to drift away. Aware of the Surrey mans reputation of grabbing any opportunity presented to him. Richard used his local knowledge and began knocking putts in from all over the course. At the par 5 13th, he was incredibly 5 up on the Surrey man, who had had knocked his second shot to 10 foot. Conscious of his opponent’s reputation, Richard proceeded to drain his own 30 foot eagle putt across the green. This took him to 5 under par for the round and sealed a memorable victory.

Incredibly, we had taken the lead!  That left youngsters, Bradley Turner and West Hove’s Jonny Ingram out on the course. Despite both holding early leads both Sussex men had been over turned by their opposition. A crisis of confidence saw Bradley’s demise on the 16th green. That left 19 year old Jonny, against the most experienced player in the field Simon Crockett. Standing 2 down on the 14th tee, Jonny fired a wedge to a foot to close the deficit to 1. On the tricky par 3 15th, a fantastic 30 foot effort cruelly lipped the hole and when the ball again failed to drop after hitting the hole on the 16th green hope of a famous come back began to fade. Our fate was sealed on the 17th green. A plugged ball in a green side bunker meant that Crockett was victorious and his team won 6.5-5.5.

A disappointing end to a great match. Sussex’s performance in the morning foursomes was poor, but they showed great character against very tough opposition to win the afternoon singles and lose the match by the narrowest of margins.

Our next match is against Hampshire on the 26th June at Hayling Island. The golf is good. Come and watch?

Trevor Greenfield
SCGU County Captain       

 

 
 

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