CAPTAINS' CASEY BLUNSUM & JACK BIGHAM SHAKE HANDS AFTER PLAY
The annual season opener on the Wednesday of winter half term saw 24 of the most promising junior boys in Hertfordshire enjoy the Berkhamsted heathland course in this annual match between the Under 18’s v Under 16’s for the Boys Challenge Shield.
The match is always keenly contested and this year was no different with the boys enjoying the dry conditions especially after being rained off the course last year. The match was evenly poised at lunch with the morning foursomes shared 3 wins to each team.
It was all down to the individual singles matches and after the top 6 games were again shared 3 wins each the match outcome was to be decided by the final 6 games out on the course. The deeper strength on the U16’s team was demonstrated with them winning 5 of these games due perhaps to the fact that 5 of the Under 18’s consisted of Under 16 players making up the older team. However the objective of this early season fixture, generously hosted by Berkhamsted, is to give the boys a taste of competitive golf and to hone learning opportunities which build experiences.
Special mention must be made to thank Fred Symonds of West Herts, a member of the county boys Under 14 squad, who responded to an early morning call to replace his fellow club member Lewis Slade, who had to withdraw through illness. Fred took his more experienced opponent Oscar Earle to the final green in the afternoon singles before losing 1-Down He had a similar fate in the morning foursomes with partner Ashay Dhingra against George Durkan and Oscar Cuthbert. Nonetheless Fred showed he can compete at this higher level.
The final result was a convincing victory by 11 points to 7 for the Under 16’s.
Only the 5th occasion they have won in the 20 years the shield has been contested.
Full Results are on the website link provided here - https://www.hertfordshiregolf.org/matchdetail/1020/
FROM L TO R, GEORGE DURKAN, OSCAR CUTHBERT, ASHAY DHINGRA & FRED SYMONDS
GEORGE WRIGHT, JACK BIGHAM, SAM CANEY & CASEY BLUNSUM
OLIVER BRUNT, MICHAEL ROCHE, ALEX RAYBOULD & ISHAAN AGGARWAL
OSCAR EARLE, KIERTAN SANGHA, CALLUM GARDINER & JACK WILSON
RIO SAIGAL, REIS SUART, MATTHEW GAUNTLETT & SAM LINSKEY
ROSS LEA, ZACH LITTLE, HARRY MILLER & STUART PLUMB