Northants Golf


2nd Team Match v Norfolk

4th September

Royal Norwich Golf Club

Our team consisted of: Tom Burgh - Playing Captain. Sam Bird, Ian Wicks, Mark Philips, Luis Witheral, & Rookies: Tiger Adams, Nathan Holt & Stephen Field.

The course was in good condition though the greens were very patchy and fairly slow which tested most players getting close to the pins, the surrounds were very dry which gave some unexpected bounces along with strong winds making the course a test for all.
The morning foursomes saw both teams had miss fortunes resulting in an even affair with both teams struggling to get to grips with the greens as some were exceptionally slow while others were faster. Our wins came from Ian Wicks & Tiger Adams winning 3 & 1 and with a similar score Sam Bird & Stephen Field won their match, the other two foursomes went Norfolk's way. After the morning foursomes, it was 2 points to both Counties.Our team was in

Our team was in buoyant and determined mood to finish with an overall win and the singles Tiger Adams was our lead player this match was close initially but after 8 holes Tiger was 4 down even though he was 1 over gross! being hit by 2 birdies and an eagle from his opponent to his merit Tiger battled back losing just 1 down. Ian Wicks lead our afternoon charge this match was always in control with superb shot making in the difficult conditions never being down Ian closed out the match by eagling the Par 5 17th with a superb approach shot and a confident putt winning by 3 & 1.

Ian Wicks lead our afternoon charge this match was always in control with superb shot making in the difficult conditions never being down Ian closed out the match by eagling the Par 5 17th with a superb approach shot and a confident putt winning by 3 & 1.
Luis Witherall our youngest player on the day aged 14 played above his years with a match that swayed one way then another eventually halving his match on the 18th, certainly a player to watch out for in the next few years!!!Nathan Holt in mid order was strong with his irons which on this windy day was a good ploy in keeping control of the ball finding most fairways, again always in front winning 2 & 1.

Nathan Holt in mid order was strong with his irons which on this windy day was a good ploy in keeping control of the ball finding most fairways, again always in front winning 2 & 1.Mark Philips was battling away though feeling under par this match was never more than 1 hole adrift until the final stretch when Mark turned on the heat by winning the 15th to go all square, winning the 16th then eagling the 17th to win 2 & 1

Mark Philips was battling away though feeling under par this match was never more than 1 hole adrift until the final stretch when Mark turned on the heat by winning the 15th to go all square, winning the 16th then eagling the 17th to win 2 & 1Our other Rookie Stephen Field aged 17 from Brampton Heath showed no fear and had great enthusiasm and determination to win his match with a great golf swing and power to match, he won the 1st hole and never looked back confidently striding the fairways and was our third player to eagle the Par 5 17th to win his match 3 & 1

Our other Rookie Stephen Field aged 17 from Brampton Heath showed no fear and had great enthusiasm and determination to win his match with a great golf swing and power to match, he won the 1st hole and never looked back confidently striding the fairways and was our third player to eagle the Par 5 17th to win his match 3 & 1Our final two matches featured Tom Burgh (Team Captain) & Sam Bird who has played

Our final two matches featured Tom Burgh (Team Captain) & Sam Bird who has played anchorman in all the 2nd team matches this year. Tom's renowned short game and putting along with eagling the 7th always had control of this match running out with a 5 & 4 victory. Sam's match was tighter though always saw him ahead by one most of his round eventually winning 3 & 1.
The singles proved to be our best result this season winning 6 1/2 out of 8 matches which bodes well for our Anglian league endeavours in 2017.

Northamptonshire Match Results

Foursomes
Ian Wicks and Tiger Adams Won 3 & 1
Nathan Holt & Mark Philips Lost 4 & 3
Tom Burgh & Luis Witheral Lost 5 & 4
Sam Bird & Stephen Field Won 4 & 3

Singles

Tiger Adams Lost 1 down
Ian Wicks Won 3 & 1
Luis Witheral Match halved
Nathan Holt Won 2 & 1
Mark Philips Won 2 & 1
Stephen Field Won 2 & 1
Tom Burgh Won 5 & 4
Sam Bird Won 3 & 1

Final result Northamptonshire 8 1/2 to Norfolk's 3 1/2





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