John Day Trophy 2019
Congratulations to Three Rivers on their victory over The Essex in the John Day final at Thorndon Park.
John Day Trophy Final
Thorndon Park, 12thSeptember 2018
The setting for the inaugural John Day Trophy final was the excellent Thorndon Park course, hosting The Essex and Three Rivers Golf Club’s on 12thSeptember.
A fitting setting for the first final in this competition as John Day’s daughter is a member at Thorndon Park.
The two teams set out in almost perfect weather for a late summer afternoon of tense matchplay golf.
As the matches progressed through the 9thhole the final looked to be fairly evenly balanced between the sides with a number of matches All Square, but with maybe a slight advantage to the Three Rivers team. With a testing back nine ahead either team could still win the day. As the first few matches began to reach the concluding holes it became clear that the Three Rivers team had mastered the back nine better than their opponents. The first two matches out went down the 18thresulting in a win and a half for the Three Rivers players and were followed by three more comfortable victories. The Essex needed some good results to bring them back into the match, but it was not to be as Bob Wells also won match 7 for Three Rivers which gave his team an unassailable lead. The last two matches out also resulted in halves.
The final result was a 7 to 2 victory to The Three Rivers Club, without losing a single individual match. A great performance on the day.
After the presentation ceremony the players and representatives of both Clubs enjoyed the hospitality of their hosts.
The Essex Golf Union would like to thank Thorndon Park Golf Club for hosting the event, it was a good match played in the best spirit of golf.