John Day Trophy 2022
Crondon Park Golf Club ~ 2021 John Day Trophy Champions
Burnham on Crouch Golf Club
8 September 2021
The setting for the 2021 John Day Trophy final was Burnham on Crouch Golf Club, the winners of the 2019 final last year. The two finalists who had made it through five rounds of competition matchplay this year were from Playgolf Colchester and Crondon Park.
The two teams set out on what was rapidly becoming one of the warmest afternoons of the year, before factoring in some tense matchplay golf, on a well prepared golf course.
As the matches progressed through the 9th hole the final looked to be evenly balanced, most matches remaining close fought battles with only a couple showing any significant advantage to one side or the other.
As the last groups commenced their back nine holes the numerous spectators watching this final were preparing for a long afternoon before a result would become evident.
As the first four matches reached a conclusion, honours were shared between the two sides, two comfortable wins for Playgolf Colchester and two close finishes going to Crondon Park. A number of matches then reached conclusions in quick time, matches 6 & 7 went to Crondon Park with match 5 concluding on the 18th hole with a win for Playgolf Colchester and then match 9 finished on the 16th green levelling up the whole tie once again at 4 points each, with one final match left out on the course.
Match 8 reached the 18th hole all square, with it looking like a playoff may be required to split these two teams. Both players reached the green in three shots with Crondon Park sitting about 15 ft from the pin and Playgolf Colchester about 25 ft away to play first. A large crowd of supporters and players now surrounded the 18th green and were making use of all vantage points on the clubhouse balcony. The Playgolf Colchester putt narrowly missed, finishing just beyond the hole, leaving the door open for Dennis Murphy to seal his match and the whole tie in favour of Crondon Park. This he did, and with the putt dropping into the centre of the hole a large cheer from Crondon Park’s players and supporters went up.
After the presentation ceremony the players and representatives of both Clubs enjoyed the hospitality of their hosts and confirmed their appreciation for the running of this competition.
The Essex Golf Union would like to thank Burnham on Crouch for hosting the event, it was a most enjoyable afternoon with golf played in the best spirit of the game.
Congratulations to Burnham Golf Club on their victory over Stoke by Nayland
in the John Day final at
Three Rivers Golf & Country Club
11th September 2019.
The setting for the 2019 John Day Trophy final was Three Rivers Golf & Country Club, the winners of the inaugural final last year. The two finalists who had made it through five rounds of competition matchplay this year were from Burnham on Crouch and Stoke by Nayland.
The two teams set out in overcast weather conditions for a late summer afternoon of tense matchplay golf on a well prepared golf course.
As the matches progressed through the 9thhole the final looked to be slightly favouring the Stoke by Nayland team, but a number of matches were fairly evenly balanced between the sides with a few too close to call.
As the last groups commenced their back nine holes the clouds cleared, and the sun provided the players and numerous spectators with a fine late summer afternoon to enjoy.
A few matches reached an early conclusion, two points on the board for Stoke by Nayland and one to the Burnham team. Match 1 finished on the 17thhole with another win for Stoke by Nayland enhancing their slender lead. However, all was not lost for Burnham as match 6 finished next with a 1up result in their favour, and this was quickly followed up with a 2up victory in match 4 and a 2&1 victory in match 7. So, Burnham now held a 4 – 3 lead with the last two matches left out on the course. In match 8, Stoke by Nayland held a 1up advantage on the 18thtee, and both players were on the green in three shots. Adrian Cherry left his long approach putt close to the hole for a conceded 5, but Fred Banfield holed his 20-foot putt to win the hole for Burnham and a vital half point. At this time both playoff players made their way nervously to the practice area to warm up for the potential playoff decider. Match 9 was now on the 18thhole, again with Stoke by Nayland holding a 1up lead. Both players made the green in 3, but both missed short putts, giving Stoke by Nayland the point to take the overall match into a tie.
The playoff commenced on the first hole, with a large group of support following the two players. Malcolm Norton got into trouble from the tee and could not match the par 4 made by Burnham’s Stephen Hull. So, the destination of the Trophy was decided, it was going east to Burnham on Crouch.
After the presentation ceremony the players and representatives of both Clubs enjoyed the hospitality of their hosts and confirmed their appreciation for the Essex Golf Union running this competition.
The Essex Golf Union would like to thank Three Rivers for hosting the event, it was a most enjoyable afternoon with golf played in the best spirit of the game.
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.