THORNTON CHALLENGE CUP 2018
THORNTON CHALLENGE CUP 2017
Played on 10th September between
Orsett and Basildon Golf Clubs
Thorpe Hall Golf Club
Thornton Cup Winners Orsett Golf Club
The 2017 final was played on 10th September between Basildon and the 2016 winners, Orsett, on a very well presented Thorpe Hall golf course.
The morning foursomes commenced in cool but sunny autumnal conditions with little breeze to trouble the players. The teams were well known to each other and keen to make an early impression. Orsett made quick headway in the first match out in the morning, with Will Percival and Don Vidgeon building a comfortable 4 up lead at the halfway stage. The other matches were much closer at the turn, but the balance was slightly in favour of Orsett. As the morning started to draw to a close Orsett won the first two matches with comfortable wins. Match 3 had been a very close match until the middle of the back nine, but some good golf from the pairing of Mark Whitten and Cassidy Steffens gave Orsett a narrow lead which they held on to for an eventual 3&1 victory. Matches 4 and 5 went all the way to the 18th hole, in match 4 Josh and Ben Tobin held a 1up advantage on the 18th tee for Basildon. Ben drove his tee shot pin high on the par four hole, but nearly into the flower beds by the Clubhouse, Josh then played an excellent recovery pitch over trees to the back of the green and Ben holed from 35 feet for a birdie 3 to close out the match 2up. Match 5 was less adventurous with Orsett making a regulation four on the 18th for a 2up victory. Both teams headed for lunch with Orsett pleased with the morning outcome, holding a 4 – 1 lead.
By the time the afternoon singles commenced the weather had taken a turn for the worse, a breeze had started to blow and this brought in some heavy showers throughout the afternoon. Basildon needed some early positive results in the singles to take back the momentum from Orsett. In match 1 Jason Renton delivered exactly what they needed, a 4&2 victory over Will Percival. The 100+ supporters were being treated to some excellent matchplay golf, and with Josh Tobin, Ben Tobin and Gary Fenner all delivering further Basildon victories, to two early victories for Orsett by Dan Vaughan and Callum Newton, the score looked much tighter at 6 – 5 to Orsett. Attention turned to the remaining four matches out on the course, with Mike Kavanagh closing out his match with Mark Whitten on the 18th in favour of Basildon, news came from out on the course that Team Captain Steve Rooney had comfortably won match 10 for Orsett. The competition was heading towards a very tense finale with Orsett holding a slender lead within a point of victory. Match 8 went to the 16th tee with Don Vidgeon of Orsett now holding a 3 hole advantage, his par 3 on that hole was all that was required to make Orsett the 2017 champions.
The final match result was 8½ – 6½ in Orsett’s favour.
It was an excellent day of golf played between two teams who clearly had great respect for each other, our thanks to Thorpe Hall for hosting the match and to all the spectators for providing encouragement to both teams throughout the day.