The First team League 2019 campaign started with an away match against Sussex at Nevill on Sunday 26th May.
Following a thorough practice round the previous day the foursomes were led off by former County Captain and 2-time County Champion, David Corben, and his usual partner, Harry Plowman Ollington, fresh from his first year at college in Minnesota.
Next up was Angus Flanagan, former England Boys Champion, and team-mate of Harry at Minnesota, alongside Lewis Hinton of Sussex Golf college.
The 3rd pair was the Walton Heath duo Harvey Byers and Surrey debutant Josh Jamieson, who had recently moved south from Scotland to work in London.
The anchor pair were current County Champion Jacob Aaholm and Ben Palmer, also making his debut, having been promoted up from the A Team.
The morning didn’t go exactly to plan with the first 2 matches going to Sussex, however a convincing win from Harvey & Josh and a fighting Half point from Jacob & Ben in matches 3 & 4 gave us a foothold and a bit of momentum going into the singles.
Harvey was sent out at number 1 against Tom Thurloway. A fast start from Harvey saw him 3up through 4 and was never behind closing out the match 3&1 and the Walker Cup squad player was despatched.
Angus followed this up with another convincing performance and meant we led the match for the first time.
Harry & Lewis both lost by the narrowest margin on the 18th both having fought back from a few holes down.
News from the tail was that Ben had won his match 3&2 and David had turned around a 2-hole deficit early in the front 9 to win 3&2. The score was now Sussex 4.5 - Surrey 5.5 with Josh and Jacob left on the course.
Jacob having been down early was fighting back and went down 2&1.
Josh had been in front most of the round and arrived on the tricky short 15th at 1up. A lovely iron and a missed green from Sussex’s Lee Drew looked like Josh would double his lead, however a 30-foot par putt from Drew saw the match remain 1up to Surrey. Again, on the 16th Josh was safely aboard in regulation while Sussex were short of the green. A poor approach saw Sussex putt first from 40 feet. Again, the ball found the bottom of the cup, Josh making a solid par.
Both players missed the fairway on the 17th and after 3 shots Josh was 30 feet away with Sussex in the greenside bunker in 3. Sussex splashed out to around 20 feet, followed by Josh putting up close and was conceded. Sussex unbelievably holed out again to take the match up the tricky final hole.
Sussex again found the trees on the dog leg with Josh perfect in the fairway. Josh played first and missed the green just of the left side. Sussex played but were still in the trees. Another punch out saw the Sussex ball reach the front edge 10 paces from the hole. Josh’s pitch looked good but ran past on the fast greens to 20 feet.
In front of a large gallery the Sussex ball amazing found the bottom of the cup for the 4th hole in a row leaving Josh a difficult putt to win the match.
In the most exciting finish in recent times Josh was up to the task and banged it in.
Sussex 5.5 - Surrey 6.5
Our next match is also away on July 7th in Dorset, followed by home games against Hampshire at Addington Palace on 4th August & Kent at Kingswood on 25th August. All supporters very welcome.
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