Seniors County Team 2018

Essex V Middlesex
Thorndon Park Golf Club, 8th May

The County Seniors first match of the season was at Home at Thorndon Park against Middlesex, although a very small County (in the number of Clubs they have) we have found in the past they can be extremely competitive.

When we arrived at Thorndon Park it looked magnificent in the Spring sunshine and with the old Mansion looking down as if it were overseeing proceedings.

Essex were fielding a near full strength squad and were confident of a good win to start the year off.

We stationed ourselves behind the 7th green and as the matches came through we appeared to be narrowly up in most matches and well ahead in a couple, as the matches filtered through the short 12th Essex were still ahead in most, but Middlesex had gained some momentum as the matches were getting closer with one or two narrowly in their favour.

Moving to the 16th green to see the matches coming down the closing stretch, we arrived there to find Steve Rooney had already won with 4 holes to go and two games had already gone through, we chased Ian Moore up the 17th and were rewarded with a win at the 17th. Mark Stones was having a bad day on the greens with too many 3 putts but he fought hard to stay in his match and managed to grind out a half on the 18th.

There then followed two disappointing halves with both John Wright and Ian Waller failing to finish their matches earlier despite being ahead.

Michael Partridge was a similar story who although being several holes in front at one point ended up scraping home 1 up in a hard fought match.

Jeff Matthewson recorded a solid victory winning with 4 holes remaining and Chris Aukett completed our victories for the day, whilst Mark Lazarus and Glynn Williams completed the team sheet with two losses. A fine day and a good result that could have been better, thanks to our hosts Thorndon Park for making us very welcome.