Seacroft Golf Club
19th - 20th May 2018
The annual pilgrimage to the east coast for the Eastern Counties Foursomes event at the wonderful Seacroft golf links took place on the weekend of 18-20th of May.
This event puts together 9 counties for an exhausting series of matches over two days. The entire weekend is foursomes format, with 2 rounds per day and in each round are triangular matches against 2 counties.
The usual Anglian League opponents of Leicestershire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire are joined by Bedfordshire, Essex and BB&O.
The golf course was in fantastic condition for
Saturday morning matches were against Bedfordshire and Leicestershire and pairings of Mikey Chambers and Michael Farr, Lee Hitchcock and Fraser
This session more than any other over the weekend, it seemed that our opponents were holing more putts than we were, it became a theme of the morning watching on several occasions two pairs holing from outside us then missing our own. That being said Charlie and Liam were in constant control of their match, running out winners in both their matches, of the other pairs only Lee and Fraser were able to claim a full point from any of the other matches, added to this were half points from Mikey and Michael, Chris and Tom and Jamie and Miles, we gained 4.5 points from a possible 10.
Saturday afternoon pitted us against two Anglian league opponents in Suffolk and Norfolk – this turned out to be
At the end of
Sunday began in almost identical conditions, again starting from the 11th tee, this time against BB&O and Cambridgeshire. The Captain decided to change two of the pairings, in the hope this might be the catalyst to an improved day – with the threat of the dreaded Wooden Spoon hanging over us, it was crucial to get some wins on the board. So Mikey and Liam played together and Charlie and Michael – a straight swap.
As it turned out the
Lee & Fraser had gone through their now traditional poor start, struggling over the first 4 holes, but rallied and with a combination of excellent driving and good short game, would turn both matches around to gain 2 points. The other positive of the morning was another full point for Jamie and Miles, who at this point had turned into a married couple – with moments of fist pumps, tempered with the odd cold shoulder or two towards each other.
So another slightly disappointing series with 4 out of 10 points gained. Sunday afternoon would be crucial…
Unfortunately, we would be paired against traditionally two of the strongest teams in Essex and Lincolnshire. By now we had leap-frogged Norfolk into 8th place, but only but half a point.
After another fantastic buffet lunch in the clubhouse, we made our way back to the far end of the course for another 11th tee start. Further changes made by the captain, included putting himself in the line up – Tom Burgh had struggled in the morning matches and was relieved to be released from duty. So Graham Bott would partner Mikey Chambers and Liam McNeela would play with Chris White – spreading the youth/experience divide somewhat…
The whole team and support knew what was needed
Through 8 holes it was clear that the boys ahead were putting in a sterling performance and herculean effort, to ensure that spoon didn’t come back to Northamptonshire. Jamie and Miles would achieve 1.5 points that afternoon, which Michael and Charlie added another 2 soon after. Lee and Fraser (after another poor start to their round) had fought back to claim a win and Liam and Chris got another win and a half - leaving just the Captain and Mikey on the course. The Essex pair, had both points with 3 holes to play, after a sensational burst of 7 holes from the start, leaving us 1 down against Lincolnshire with 3 to play. A couple of halves later, we stood on the 10th tee still one down –
So another fantastic weekend complete, with lots of sunburnt and tired looking faces – a weekend we should eventually be pleased with, at the summit of the comeback, but equally disappointed with Saturday’s performance. This group of players are far too good to be battling to avoid
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