U12 & U13 do well at Sunningdale Heath ~ photo to follow

Surrey U13's & U12's latest match was a singles triple match play against BB&O & Hertfordshire . This was a match that 12 months previously had left Surrey well and truly with its tail between its legs and looking like the England football team in a major championship, plenty of promise but failed to deliver on the day. Some of the players from the previous year were present again and were still licking their wounds. This was the best 6 from each of these counties in both age groups . Once again looking like an extremely tough test against some very good players.


What started on our journey to the match as overcast and windy turned in to a wonderful sunny day. The U13's were first to play and it was obvious early on the going was going to be tough, but could the tough get going? The answer to this was an improvement to the previous year with a win over BB&0 7-5, but unfortunately the front players really stumbled against Herts and failed to recover, going down 8-4. The boys had a late rally but needed to convert one early match to even look at getting a half. Rocky Chapman went closest but eventually lost 2&1 to his Herts opponent Oliver.


Next up were the U12's and from the initial managers exchanges Surrey looked to be in a very promising position to get a result. This age group is very strong and getting better with each match and the extra experience.


With some good, some tree finders, some heather finders Surrey were underway. We also witnessed a remarkable tee shot from one our opponents that hit something in front of the 1st tee box and somehow catapulted the ball 50 yards back behind the 1st tee box, something that our starter Mr Mc Neil in jest challenged him to do again.


The U12's rose to the challenge to deliver a better result than the previous year and did not let their foot off the gas, or their opponents. Each U12 player delivered maximum points against Herts, to make that a clean sweep. BB&O gave stiffer resistance, however 4 of our 6 players delivered maximum points with only two narrowly losing out. Good news for Surrey but possibly not our opponents 3 of these 6 players should be returning to the same fixture next year. 


The boys & managers enjoyed a rolling lunch with plenty of sandwiches, lots of chips and slabs of chocolate cake. Speeches were well delivered by the three U13's captains over the U13's lunch and Hashim announced the U12's scores with well wishes after their lunch. With the sun still high in the sky some of the boys went off to play another 18 holes at their home courses and others headed home to catch up with homework due in on the Monday morning. 




Peter Millham

U12-U13 Team Manager




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