John Day Trophy 2021
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.