CAPTAIN CASEY BLUNSUM RECEIVES THE CHESHUNT SALVER FROM THE ABRIDGE CLUB CAPTAIN
Essex hosted this year’s annual challenge match for the Cheshunt Salver, first donated in 1985 by the Cheshunt Building Society. The undulating parkland Abridge course proved a tough test with a gusting cool north easterly wind making club selection a real challenge.
The morning foursomes proved fruitful for the visitors who went into lunch with a 4-2 lead thanks to solid wins from 2 pairs in each of the U18’s and U16’s. Matthew Gauntlett & Adam Le Vey won 3&1; Sam Linskey & Liam Purcell were always in front and closed out 4&2 winners. In the top match only a three putt last green robbed Casey Blunsum and Sam Caney of a half point as they lost the hole and their game.
A similar picture emerged with the U16’s as the first pairing of Oliver Brunt & Oscar Cuthbert also went to the last hole before losing 2-down. The score line improved with wins from Oscar Earle partnering, fellow Letchworth member, Kiertan Sangha winning 2&1; and the last pairing of the Lewis’s, Slade & Smith running our convincingly 5&4 winners.
The afternoon singles started well for Hertfordshire with the U18’s gaining 4½ points from a possible 6 with wins from Captain for the day, Casey Blunsum, followed by Sam Caney, Adam Le Vey and Sam Linskey, and Matthew Gauntlett gaining a half point with a halved game. With 8½ points secured it looked as though Hertfordshire would achieve a substantial victory, but Essex U16’s fought back hard with success in their first three games with 2&1 wins before Lewis Smith of South Herts put his team over the finishing line with a 2&1 win.
With the last two games also going to the home team Hertfordshire had squeezed a victory by the narrowest of margins 9½ - 8½ points.
All the games were played in first class spirit and good sportsmanship with some excellent golf played throughout the day.
HERTS BOYS U18/U16 TEAM
ADAM LE VEY