The County First team ended the regular season playing Kent at Kingswood on Sunday August 4th.
Having won every match this year, qualification for the South East League Final as section winners had already been secured, however the team were determined to try to complete the clean sweep.
With our US college players back on the other side of the Atlantic, 2 new players were awarded their debuts.
Frankie Boylan of Woodcote Park & 15 year old Shergo Kurdi of Woking.
The morning foursomes were-
David Corben & Frankie Boylan
Will Dugdale & Jacob Aaholm
Shergo Kurdi & David Primrose
Ben Palmer & Harry Crockett
The matches were tight most of the morning and indeed 3 of the 4 were decided on the 18th green in front of the clubhouse with a healthy gathering of members looking on.
David & Frankie had fought back from 3 down early in the back nine to take their match to 18th only to lose to an excellent Kent birdie.
Will & Jacob returned the compliment in match 2 with Will holing a testing 8 foot putt to tie the score.
Shergo & David had been 1 down after 16, but brilliant putts from Shergo on both 17 & 18 following good approaches by David saw them nick the point by the narrowest of margins.
Ben & Harry continued their developing partnership by winning 2&1 in the anchor match.
Surrey 2.5 Kent 1.5 at lunch.
The singles were led off by 3 time County Champion David Corben.
David got off to a fast start but was pegged back by an experienced Kent player and had to settle for a half point following a series of remarkable recovery up and downs by Kent.
Frankie in match 2 had been a few holes down early in the front nine but staged a fight back to get his opponent to the 17th green, and although looking favourite to win the hole and get down the last, another unbelievable Kent recovery saw him lose 2&1.
Young Shergo had a nip and tuck match all afternoon but again showed resilience beyond his years again holing a pressure putt on the last green to make it 2 wins from 2 matches on his debut.
Jacob also had a tight match and looked to be 2nd favourite on the 18th green when opponent hit his approach to within a few inches with Jacob some 30 feet away.
As he has done previously, Jacob mustered up one last effort and calmly rolled in the birdie putt for a halved match.
David Primrose playing his first match for a couple of years due to injury looked like he’d never been away with a commanding 4&3 victory.
The score now was Surrey 5.5 Kent 3.5 with 3 matches still to come.
News from the tail wasn’t good with Will, Ben and Harry all 2 or 3 down going into the last few holes.
Ben and Will fought hard but went down 4&3 and 2&1 respectively and Harry was 2 down playing the 16th.
Gritty wins on 16 and 17 saw the youngster stand on the 18th tee level, as was the overall match score at 5.5-5.5.
Harry’s tee shot just ran through the dog leg and saw him slightly hampered by a tree trunk, with Kent safely on the fairway.
Harry could only progress his ball to the approach to the green and narrowly missed getting up and down whilst a solid par from Kent saw them win the hole and the overall match 6.5-5.5.
We will contest the League final v Hertfordshire at Millbrook GC in Bedfordshire on Oct 6th.
Supporters will be very welcome.
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