In the 2nd of our Inter Counties League matches, the Surrey U14 team hosted our opponents at Puttenham Golf Club. This is a great course that has some interesting and tricky holes, worth its slightly shorter length defying those who have not played it before!
As previously mentioned, this year we have been drawn in the group stages against Hampshire and Hertfordshire and the format for the day was a 12-a-side (plus 1 playing reserve) triple match play off scratch, with 2 points being awarded for a win and 1 point for a halved match.
In preparation for the match we had also taken the boys down for a practice round the day before, which proved a useful session, although due to a busy day of golf ahead of us most boys only managed to complete 13 holes.
We thought we could be in for a tough day as three of our regular players were missing but such is the depth of quality as this level we were able to draft in some great players from the U13 and U12 groups.
Once again, going out in strict handicap order (as is required of this format) our opening player Rocky Chapman set a great standard for the day ahead, winning his match against Hants 1 up and halving his match with Herts and securing 3 early points. He was followed this time by Aidan Millham, who played some great golf to win both his matches by a score of 2&1 and this secured a further 4 points. Then came Oliver Wren who battled tremendously well in comfortably beating Hants 6&5 and followed that up with a 1 up victory against Herts……and another 4 points!. Then what followed was another masterclass of golf from our U14’s with the boys winning a further 31 points like this:
Tom Kelly: Beat Hants 5&4; Beat Herts 2&1
Kris Kim: Beat Hants 5&4; Beat Herts 1 up
David Razinskas: Beat Hants 2&1; Beat Herts 3&2
Edward Dimayuga: Beat Hants 2&1; Lost to Herts 4&3
Hashim Banday: Beat Hants 5&4; Beat Herts 4&3
Luca Knowles: Beat Hants 7&6; Beat Herts 3&2
Buster O’Callaghan: Beat Hants 2 up; Beat Herts 2&1
Leo Vorobyev: Beat Hants 3&2; Beat Herts 1 up
Stirling Halai-Carter: Lost to Hants 1 down; Match A/S with Herts
So an amazing final score of the day of: Surrey beat Hampshire 22-2 and Surrey beat Herts 20-4. This was possibly our biggest ever wins at this level in the Inter Counties League. For the neutral’s out there, Herts beat Hants 19-5
So a great day for the Surrey U14’s which also secured our place in the final of the Inter Counties League with still one round of matches to play.
A much need dinner was enjoyed by all, and we thank Puttenham Golf Club for their hospitality, and some inspiring words were said by our Captain for the day, Tom Kelly, before we all headed home!
Brian Woodham U14 Team Manager