MEN'S SENIORS TEAM, PICTURED AT BOYCE HILL, FROM L TO R, PAUL NANCARROW, JASON COURT, MIKE READY, TYE CARTER, RUSSELL CONWAY-LYE, BOB PEACOCK (PLAYER/MANAGER), GORDON STEWART, STEPHEN DAWSON, DAVID LANG & KEN WHITTON
Report from Men's Seniors Manager Bob Peacock;
On the 15th September, the Herts Seniors Men’s team travelled to darkest Essex to contend the final of the SEG foursomes Championship at Boyce Hill Golf Club.
Unfortunately, our week started poorly with the news that our fearless Captain had been struck down by the darned Covid and would be unable to attend. Having already lost Phil Embleton to ill health, it wasn’t the best start. Luckily, due to our incredible strength in depth, we were able to call in very able deputies in Steve Dawson and the evergreen Gordon Stewart.
Having played our practice round, fears from one our team as to the quality of the course were proved to be largely unfounded, indeed some members were seen to be enquiring of the Boyce Hill Club Secretary about country membership!
Practice round complete, the drama continued unabated. A burst water main in the area meant traffic chaos, such that super-sub Gordon managed to take two hours to complete the seven mile journey to our spa hotel! Gordon’s mileage claim of 317 miles is still to be ratified by the county!
So to the tournament, a ho hum morning for the team ensued. Good wins for Mike & Gordon and Paul & Tye, together with a half from Steve & Ken gave us 2 1/2 points from the morning. Our haul, however, was soon added to with news that Devon had suffered a casualty with one of their boys fracturing his ankle on the famed Boyce Hill terrain and their afternoon point being conceded to Mike & Gordon.
With the pm matches underway, news soon came through that the two pivotal matches against Surrey were going our way. With the third match tight it was clear a turnaround was required from Jason & Bob who had slipped to three down with five to play. Great wins for Tye and Paul & Russ and David and another fighting half from Ken and Steve meant that the fate of the trophy would come down to the wire.
A 30 footer on 16 from Bob finally squared the match and after a half at 17 it came down to the last hole of the last match to decide our fate.
A laser like iron to 30’ into the tricky par 3 last from Jason heaped the pressure on our Bedfordshire opponents which they couldn’t respond to. A pulled iron shot finally coming to rest in the flower beds to the left of the green. However, looking more like Alan Titchmarsh than Rory Mcilroy our oppo conjured a Paul Daniels like magical recovery, through the rough and down a steep embankment to give themselves a 15’ par chance.
Hoping beyond hope that the oppo would miss, Bob managed to putt up to what looked like gimme distance of about 18 inches. With our fate now resting on our opponents par attempt we all held our breath. A MISS! Up stepped Jason to confidently bang our 5’ 😂 par putt into the back of the cup !
Glory for Herts!
A return to the bar to compare war stories and tales of Jason’s 10’ par putt at the last!
With Mike Ready insisting on making the winning speech, I think I can safely say a great day was had by all.
From my perspective as stand in Captain, my commiserations to our Captain, Simon, on missing out. I’d also like to personally thank my team for a great effort on a very tough course. Also many thanks to Nick O’Byrne who made a truly Herculean effort to come down to help and support. The spirit within our group is second to none and is a joy to be part of.
For a few weeks at least we now hold both league and foursomes titles for the entire South East region. The defense of our league title will pit us against Kent on the 15th October at West Essex GC and any support would be most welcome, it really does make all the difference.