June 12th at Sweetwoods was the venue for Sussex home league match against Essex & Surrey.
Sweetwoods gave us a warm welcome unlike the weather. The pairs began with a strong start with
Joshua Glossop (captain) & Matt Greenfield winning both their matches. Unfortunately we only
managed 4 more points in the morning leaving us joint 2nd with Essex and Surrey just ahead.
Marco Penge led the singles and true to form came in with two wins. Matt Greenfield kept his
nerve and from being one down in both matches turned in around on the 17th with a birdie putt
and then battled it down the 18th to gain maximum points. Joshua Glossop had an early finish
against Essex winning 6 & 5 and then on the 18th green nailed 8 foot putt for a half.
Alex Henderson went for a double win off the first tee and was up throughout his matches.
Dan Godin had his match against Essex wrapped up before the 17th and tee of the 18th one
down to Surrey but was unable to obtain an half. George Tillman did not disappoint with a win
Jared Perks on the 17th fell short of the green came back with a fantastic chip shot by the pin.
This left a short putt to claim both matches. James Lelliot played the 18th hole one down in both
matches, he manage a excellent come back and halved both matches to a roar from all his
Charlie Strickland despite his win in the morning was unable to get ahead in the afternoon.
Terry Green suffered the worst of the weather with heavy rain was unable to turn his matches
around in the challenging conditions.
An outstanding result in the afternoon with 11 wins and 3 halved matches. The squad deserved
total credit for their recovery, the boys displayed 100% teamwork with every member out in the
unpleasant weather supporting their team mates to the finish. We came 2nd to Surrey by only
3 points, it will all rest on the last match at Etchinghill.
Many Thanks to Steve Orr U16 coach for all his encouragement on the day which definitely
helped secure a few more points.
We were very grateful to our sponsor OPL Paul Lelliot for the new rain jackets they were well
and truly christened. Lastly an enormous Thank You to all the parents for braving the elements
right up to the last putt.
Martin & Sally Glossop
U16 Sussex Managers