The County First team made the long journey to Came Down GC in Dorset for our 2nd League match of 2019 following the epic victory in May away to Sussex.
Following a couple of desperate journeys to the West over the past few years the decision was made to travel down on the Friday evening to ensure the squad was fresh & ready to practice on the Saturday.
Sunday saw a change in the weather with rain falling on a north east wind meaning the temperature was far lower than the previous day.
Our foursomes pairs were-
David Corben & Harry Plowman-Ollington
Harvey Byers & Charlie Crockett
Enrique Dimayuga & Angus Flanagan
Jacob Aaholm & Ben Palmer
Matches 1 & 2 were nip and tuck for most of the early holes, but a fine iron from Harry at the par 3 twelfth hole followed by a 25 ft putt from David saw them hit the front for the first time with them eventually winning by 1 Hole.
Harvey & Charlie were 1 down around the turn but the hit the gas pedal winning a series of holes to close the Dorset pair out by 4&3.
England international Angus & Enrique were never really troubled in winning out in the country by 5&4.
Ben & Jacob in the anchor role were equally comfortable getting to dormie 4 before sealing the deal on the 16th green with a birdie for 4&2.
Dorset 0 Surrey 4 at the break.
Following a hearty lunch we headed for the afternoon singles.
Harvey led off from the start as he had done in Sussex and the outcome was much the same as he was never behind winning 4&2.
Angus had been struggling with a wrist injury and although managing to get through the foursomes, but hitting every shot in the singles was problematic and after consultation with the coaching team he decided he would stop after 8 holes and try to be fit for the upcoming 6 man qualifier.
Match 3 saw Enrique behind early but a eagle from 75 yards at the 8th kick started his round and he would go on to win 3&2.
Harry missed a couple of uncharacteristic putts early and although battling hard couldn’t quite get to his opponent and went down 4&3.
Match 5 saw Charlie complete a remarkable First team debut, being several under par in winning 8&7.
David continued his awesome run of singles wins ( 2 defeats in 26 games since 2014) in taking down his Dorset opponent 3&2.
Ben had been a couple down early
on, but battled hard with what he admitted wasn’t his “A” game to win 3&2.
Jacob was behind early and although getting back level around the turn found himself 2 down with 3 to play.
An excellent long putt to the hole side on the 16th followed by his tee shot finding the light rough pin high green side at the 17th saw him all square playing the last. An excellent up and down from a tricky green side bunker would seal a half point and a final score of-
Dorset 2.5 Surrey 9.5
2 wins from 2 away games sees us going in our first home match of the year on August 4th against Hampshire at Addington Palace with our destiny in our own hands.
John Noble Head County Coach