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Friday 17th May 2019
Leslie F Wood Championship 2019
Upminster v Romford
Played at Canons Brook Golf Club
The 2019 Final between local rivals Romford and Upminster was played on the 1stSeptember at the venue of last year’s winners, Canons Brook Golf Club. The hosts presented the course in great condition and made all their guests most welcome throughout the day.
The morning foursomes commenced in cool conditions, with a gentle autumnal breeze which blew across the course.
All matches remained close during the first nine holes with slim leads being held by one side or the other.
Four of the five matches eventually went down the 18th, the only one to conclude earlier than that resulted in Upminster’s only win from the morning foursomes. Romford took the lion’s share of points from the close finishes resulting in them going into lunch with a slender 2-point lead.
The morning foursomes had attracted in the region of 80 supporters but this number swelled to more than 200 as the afternoon singles got underway, and this added to the great atmosphere out on the course. In the first two matches out either side took a significant early lead, but the scores after that were very close as they came through the par 3 seventh hole, andperhaps they appeared to be slightly favouring Upminster. The sizeable support for both teams were being treated to some excellent matchplay golf by two evenly matched teams. As the first four matches out concluded, Upminster recovered the lunchtime deficit and had tied the match on 4.5 points each, with most of the remaining matches too close to call. The next two matches went to the challenging par 5 18thhole. Scott Pope and Micky Nash both recorded narrow 1up victories for Upminster and their supporters started to believe a memorable victory was on the cards. Neil Packer suddenly won a few holes and recorded a further point for Upminster on the 16thhole, who now just needed a half point to clinch victory. As match 7 approached the 18thgreen with Romford’s Henry Styles holding a slender 1up advantage, Paul Berner left the 15thgreen with a 3up lead for Upminster, dormie 3, guaranteeing Upminster the half point they needed to complete a great fight back.
The Essex Golf Union would like to thank Canons Brook Golf Club for hosting the event and their wonderful hospitality, and also the many spectators who came to enthusiastically support both teams and make it a special day.
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Congratulations to Canons Brook, 2018 winners.
2018 LESLIE F WOOD CHAMPIONSHIP
Played at The Warren Golf Club
The Leslie F Wood Final between Canons Brook and Woolston Manor was played on the 2nd September at the venue of last year’s winners, The Warren Golf Club.
The morning foursomes commenced in cool conditions, and there were signs of tension in some of the golf played over the opening holes. Most matches remained close during the first nine holes, but the first two games finished with fairly comfortable wins, one for each side. The remaining matches were all very tightly contested eventually concluding with a match each and the final match being halved. So, the lunchtime position showed the two teams in a tie, and the prospect of a close finish to the day.
In the afternoon singles there seemed little to separate the teams as nine of the matches went through the 10thhole with either a 1up or All Square score. The sizeable support for both teams were being treated to some excellent matchplay golf by two evenly matched teams. As the afternoon progressed the tide slowly started to turn in favour of Canons Brook, as they recorded narrow wins in four of the first five matches. Matches six and seven were shared with a win each, putting Canons Brook close to victory, and then with a guaranteed half in match eight as it went to the 18thhole the result was confirmed. Congratulations to Canons Brook.
It was an exciting conclusion to a great match, played in great spirit, both Clubs can be proud of the efforts of their teams.
The Essex Golf Union would like to thank The Warren Golf Club for hosting the event, and also the many spectators who came to enthusiastically support both teams.