COUNTY FINALS DAY WINNERS 2021
The County Finals Day event was played on Sunday (3rd Oct), kindly hosted this year by Moor Park GC. This sees the culmination of all the various knockout events played across the 2021 season. Being played on the day was the Powell Cup, womens scratch foursomes for clubs, the Members Cup. mens handicap singles matchplay, the De Paula Cup, womens scratch singles matchplay for handicap golfers, the Mixed Greensomes Knockout and the Herts Team Cup, mens handicap fourball betterball matchplay for clubs.
Thankfully we had a fine autumnal day on which to play the matches, but heavy overnight rain throughout Herttfordshire meant the High Course was playing even longer than it normally does. Each of the first 4 finals had a walking referee with them to assist as required and the Team Cup final were aided by a number of roaming referees.
The Powell Cup final was contested between Sandy Lodge, represented on the day by Ellie Farwell and Gemma Brinkworth, versus Bishop's Stortford, represented by Jackie Foster, fresh from her victory in the England Golf Womens Senior Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa, partnered by Lucy Walker. Sandy Lodge took a 2 up lead by the 4th but by the turn were pegged back to all square and by the 12th tee, Bishop's Stortford led 1up. But Sandy turned this round quickly and promptly won the next 3 holes to lead by 2 holes by the 15th tee and closed the match out with a winning par 5 on the 16th hole, final margin of victory 3&2 to Sandy Lodge. Surprisingly Sandy had never previously won this event in their history!
The Members Cup Final was contested between Daniel Stannard of Cheshunt and Stewart Hart of Royston. The stroke situation was that Stewart was recieving 12 shots, with Daniel off a Course Handicap of +1 and Stewart off 11. Stewart had a particuarly hot putter on the day and holed out exceedingly well, this combined with using the shots allocated to him, led to a 2&1 victory for Stewart. On a day of firsts, this was the first time a Royston member has won a Hertfordshire Golf event since they came back to Herts affiliation in 2013.
The De Paula Cup final was contested between Di Merrill of Old Fold Manor and Breda Franzmann of Hadley Wood. This event is played off scratch but is specifically for players with a Handicap Index no lower than 12.5 and no higher than 20.4 as the time of entry. This year saw Di, off 13.3 HI, take on Breda off 12.1 HI, so a very even match up in theory. On the day Breda was the steadiest and that proved decisive in a 3&2 victory over Di.
The Mixed Greensomes final was contested between Dave & Ann Mudd of Stevenage and Kaz Donald & Terry Wakeman of Arkley. The Steveage team recieved 4 shots on the day from their oppostion, with the Arkley pair with a Greensomes handicap of 24 versus 28 from the Mudd's. The Arkley pair took the lead on the 1st and by the turn would lead by 3 and eventually won their match fairly comfortably on the 15th green by the margin of 5&3.
The Team Cup final was contested between Hartsbourne and South Herts. Hartsbourne had been runners up in this event twice in the last few years and South Herts won the title in 2018, so both clubs have pedigree in terms of this event. The overall match consisted of 4 x fourball betterball matches with players 'matched up' in terms of handicap to ensure similar handicaps within the games themselves. A very tight match ensued which went down to the last match. In the end the match resulted in a 2-2 tie, which was resolved by holes up, to which Hartsbourne trumped the opposition 10 holes to 5. The Hartsbourne team were delighted to finally get over the line and claim a victory in this event.
Our thanks to Moor Park for hosting us on the day and to all the competitors who took part.
POWELL CUP WINNERS SANDY LODGE - ELLIE FARWELL & GEMMA BRINKWORTH
MEMBERS CUP WINNER - STEWART HART OF ROYSTON
DE PAULA CUP WINNER - BREDA FRANZMANN OF HADLEY WOOD
MIXED GREENSOMES KO WINNERS - KAZ DONALD & TERRY WAKEMAN OF ARKLEY
HERTS TEAM CUP WINNERS - HARTSBOURNE