ESSEX SENIORS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
ESSEX SENIORS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
FINAL at Chelmsford GC 6th September
The 2017 Seniors Team Championship was played at Chelmsford Golf Club on 6th September between Theydon Bois and Thorndon Park Golf Clubs.
The Chelmsford course was in excellent condition and reasonable weather for a late summer afternoon provided a good setting for an afternoon of exciting matchplay golf.
Thorndon Park made a good start with Kevin Saunders playing excellent golf to build a steadily increasing lead, eventually culminating in a 6&5 win for Thordon Park. Two of the first four matches went to the 18th hole reflecting a very competitive final, but by the time the first seven matches had concluded Thorndon Park were left with a 5 - 2 lead. With 6 points needed to win the final Thorndon Park were tantalisingly close to victory and Theydon Bois needed to up their game. In match 8, Robin Bond from Theydon Bois held a healthy lead most of the way round, but Richard Collins fought back over the closing holes with some tidy golf. This match eventually went down the 18th where Robin got up and down from a greenside bunker to hold on for a 1 up victory.
The lower order was producing exactly what Theydon Bois needed, and with wins in games 9 and 10, the match score stood at 5 – 5, with only the last match out on the course.
Don McGilvray, Thorndon Park, held a 4 up lead through 14 holes which suggested the final would soon be settled in his favour, but his opponent, Dick Turner, had other ideas. Forty minutes later they walked onto the 18th tee, with the lead down to 1, a tense atmosphere amongst both sets of supporters, and the two play-off players making their way to the practice ground to prepare for a play-off. But a few minutes later Dick missed a 20 foot par putt on the 18th, and conceded defeat to a very grateful Don.
The final score being Thorndon Park 6, Theydon Bois 5.
After the presentation ceremony the players and representatives of both Clubs combined for an evening of good humour and were treated to an excellent meal from their hosts.
The Essex Golf Union would like to thank Chelmsford Golf Club for hosting the event and their hospitality, it was a good match played in the best spirit of golf.