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Colts Squad Middlesex
Sunday 23rd April 2023
Foursomes
1
Bradley Coombes 
Orsett Golf Club
& Callum Newton 
Orsett Golf Club
Won 2 & 1 Joe Smith & Harshiv Sharma
2
Timmy Moncur 
West Essex
& Michael Gilbert 
Chelmsford Golf Club
Won 5 & 4 Robbie Lyons & Ben Markey
3
Rory Bennet 
Thorndon Park Golf Club
& Oliver Allison 
Colchester
Won 1 Hole Rymer Smith & Kane Stone
4
Cassidy Steffens 
Orsett Golf Club
& Dominic Piccolo 
Thorndon Park Golf Club
Won 4 & 3 Andre Bothma & Simon Westgarth
Foursomes Total 3 1
Singles
5
Bradley Coombes 
Orsett Golf Club
Halved Andre Bothma
6
Rory Bennet 
Thorndon Park Golf Club
Won 2 Holes Harshiv Sharma
7
Michael Gilbert 
Chelmsford Golf Club
Won 3 & 2 Ben Markey
8
Timmy Moncur 
West Essex
Halved Kane Stone
9
Oliver Allison 
Colchester
Won 3 & 2 Robbie Lyons
10
Dominic Piccolo 
Thorndon Park Golf Club
Won 3 & 2 Rymer Smith
11
Callum Newton 
Orsett Golf Club
Won 2 Holes Joe Smith
12
Cassidy Steffens 
Orsett Golf Club
Won 5 & 4 Simon Westgarth
Singles Total 5 3
Sunday Total 8 4

                                                                                                                         Challenge Team Report

First League match of the 2023 Season – home to Middlesex at Thorpe Hall Golf Club on 23rd April.

Weather unfortunately exactly as predicted – cool and sunny on the practice Saturday and rain, rain and more rain on the Sunday match day.

Team: Bradley Coombes (Capt), Cassidy Steffens & Callum Newton (Orsett). Rory Bennet & Dominic Piccolo (Thorndon Park). Oliver Allison (Colchester). Michael Gilbert (Chelmsford). Timmy Moncur (West Essex).

Under the SE group rules for the Challenge League there are no age limitations.  Essex using many of the previous Colts squad fielded this team of 18-27’s. Middlesex with one young 17year-old late replacement had the remainder of their team ages ranging up to 50’s.

 

Morning Foursomes:

Light rain to start with and then a couple of extremely heavy downpours. After nine holes there was some concern as to whether or not the course would remain playable. At this stage the match was quite close. Michael & Timmy 3up, Brad & Callum 2up, Olly & Rory 1up, Cass & Dominic 1 down.

Play continued in lighter rain and at least the large puddles on the greens began to subside.

Brad & Callum maintained their 2up lead and finished 2&1. Michael & Tim pulled ahead in their game and had a good 5&4 win. Olly & Rory took their game to the 18th and finished 1up. Middlesex took the fourth game 4&3.

                                                                                                Foursomes: 3 – 1

After an excellent lunch the Singles teed off – yes again, in the rain.  It continued that way all afternoon with a couple of short heavy showers. Play was in two ball matches which provided a much quicker movement for the players.

 As in the morning the match was close after nine holes. Two games 2up and one two down. Two games 1up and one 1down. Two games all square.

Three of the eight games went to the 18th . Brad (Challenge Team Captain for 2023) and Timmy both finished all square. Rory won 2up against the young 17 year old Harshiv Sharma.  One game to the 17th - Callum won 2&1 against the Middlesex Team Manager, Joe Smith. Three games to the 16th with Olly and Dominic both winning 3&2, and Michael losing 2&3.

                                                                                                Singles: 5 – 3                      Match Total 8 – 4

Middlesex were a great spirited team and we look forward to the return match. Thorpe Hall were excellent hosts and we look forward to hosting our home match there against Bedford later in the season.



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