BOYS UNDER 16 TEAM PICTURED AT MUSWELL HILL, FROM L TO R, JAMES BAXTER, PATRICK DONOVAN, ARCHIE MATHERS, HARRISON PRESTON, NOAH PETERS, BEN SESSIONS, CASTOR MORRIS, GERALD DUDDY (MANAGER) & EDDIE WADE
Report from Boys U16 Manager Gerald Duddy;
On Sunday 26th September, the Boys Under 16 team travelled to Muswell Hill GC to contest the South East Group region final against teams from Essex and Kent. The previous day we had familiarised ourselves with the course in a practice round and had high hopes for the final, even though we knew we were going up against very strong opponents.
In match 1, Archie Mathers found himself up against it from the off and turned 3 down in each game. Despite eventually losing 7&5 to his opponent from Kent who was a reported 6 under for 14 holes, he made a sterling comeback from 2 down after 14 to get himself 1up after 17 vs Essex, thanks to birdies on the long 15th and 17th holes only to lose the final hole for half a point.
Matches 2, 3, 4 and 5 all ended in double defeats for James Baxter, Ben Sessions, Noah Peters and Harrison Preston, but much like the European Ryder Cup team, there were some glimpses of blue making appearances on the results sheets. Castor Morris had two convincing wins against his respective opponents and Eddie Wade, despite losing to Essex, ground out a hard-earned point with a 6ft par putt on the final green against Kent. In the final matches on the course, Patrick Donovan came to the 18th tee all square in both his games. An awkward lie for his approach shot resulted in a flier and his ball went through the throng of spectators who had gathered around the final green and unfortunately out of bounds and he would eventually lose both matches by 1 hole.
Kent were the eventual winners by virtue of their victory vs Essex by the margin of 5.5-2.5.
Our team which contested the final had an average age of only 14.5 years and included only 2 players who were making their final appearance at this age range. 6 of the team will be available for next year so despite the disappointment of these results on the day, the future looks bright.