The annual Winder Trophy match took place on 6th October at Peacehaven Golf Club. With heavy overnight rain, the
Peacehaven course was flooded at the start of play and the delay in getting started meant that the usual 9 holes of
foursomes had to be abandoned so the 2012 trophy match consisted of only 18 holes of singles.
The format of three balls with a boy from each of the under 18, under 16 and under 14 teams is a trusted one and
with the match being played off handicap, the challenge for the scratch golfers was considerable. The under 16 team
suffered a difficult pre match situation with two boys crying off through illness and one not showing at all leaving them
three short of a full team. Despite that, the team put up a valiant show and gathered in some good points and although
not winning the trophy, had an influence on where it went by taking points off the other two teams.
In the three matches missing an under 16 boy, there were some excellent performances by Tim Finnerty (U14) in his
match against Steve Gibbs (U18 and County Boys Champion) with Tim winning 4 & 3, while Adam Moore (U18) was too
strong for Billy Aspital (U14) winning his match 6 & 5. The pick of the two ball matches had to be the one between
Matt Greenfield (U18) and Joe White (U14) which came to the last with Matt 3 under par and only one up. Joe secured a
par (net birdie) to win the hole and get a great half point.
In the three ball matches, Jack Floydd (U16) was no match for either of his opponents and his heavy defeats were
probably not helped by generously donating several golf balls to the Peacehaven rough! Kyle Gaster (U18) and
Cameron Henderson (U14) had a good match finally finishing in a half but neither knew at that stage that they would
be at the centre of the playoff drama. The U16 team then started to get on the board with two wins from Olly Graves,
a win and a half from Tom Thurloway and single wins from Toby Graves and James Holden but their strong run was not
going to be enough for them to get into a winning position. Jack Sutton (U14) fought back well to snatch a half from
Tom Thurloway although he lost his match to Josh Glossop (U18). James Huggett (U14) secured two fine wins in his
matches and Lucas Durrant showed his fighting spirit to get a win over Chris Stoneham (U18).
There were good lower order performances from Harry Bayley (U18), Ben Jones (U18) and Ally Strachan (U16) who all
won both their matches. The turning point in the competition was the points gained by the three boys at the bottom of the
order for the U14 team. Joe Fradgley, Josh Davis and Harry Worner all contributed, getting a total of nine points out of a
possible 12 to ensure that the scores in the close contest between the U18 and U14 teams finished tied at 28 points each.
The play off to decide who should win the trophy took place over the 18th hole and the two team captains – Kyle Gaster (U18)
and Cameron Henderson (U14) played the hole with Cameron getting a shot. Neither player hit the green but Cameron’s
chip took him to about 3 feet from the hole with a putt for a net birdie. Kyle hit an excellent chip which tracked towards
the hole only to pull up inches short from getting a gross birdie. Showing nerves of steel, Cameron sunk his putt to joyous
U14 celebrations and their resulting retention of the trophy. As ever Kyle was gracious in defeat. It was a fantastic end to
the match and for the assembled players, parents and supporters an exciting finale to the day. For the Managers, a darkened
room beckoned so that the recovery process could begin!