This was our first game of the season and we had 14 under 18's unavailable due to Examination study and other competitions. So, to the rescue came Simon Parsons and 7 of his under 16 squad. Derbyshire also had a young squad out.
The weather was fantastic and Alfreton Golf Club was in excellent condition, none of our team had played the course before and it was very tricky like the course at Atherstone Golf Club. However, they only have 11 holes that make up the full 18 using multiple tees for some holes.
Our first foursomes match was Cameron Bridger (Captain for the day) and Jacob Parsons who halved with Derbyshire's first pair. This match contained the highlight of the day with Jacob recording a hole in one on the par 3 6th!
Lewis Watson and Mitch Hopwood never managed to get on level terms and a run of birdies from the Derbyshire pair resulted in a 4&3 loss. Next up was Alex Spencer and Seb Cave where chip-in's and some great long range putting from our boys resulted in a 4&3 win.
Adam Perks and Luke Donnelly got off to a very slow start and found themselves quickly 3 down. But with some good golf they were 2up into the back nine but could not hold on and the match was halved. Our final pair Charlie Lamb and Lucas Laurie had a close fought match which went to the last hole. It looked like they were going to lose the match but then rolled in a long put to secure a well earned half.
Foursomes result 2.5-2.5 and all to play for in the singles.
Unfortunately, the experience of the Derbyshire team began to shine in the singles when Cameron looked like he was going to get something out of the Derbyshire No 1, Josh Ashton, but narrowly lost 1 down. Lewis was always in control of his match winning 2&1. However, Mitch coming back from injury was finding his first 36 for some time hard going and lost 4&3, Jacob went down 4&2 followed by Alex losing 3&2. Could the under 16's save us?
Seb Cave out number 3 won 3&2, Adam Perks (even with a bad nose bleed) managed a half point, Luke at number 10 won 4&2, but both Charlie and Lucas lost 3&2.
Special thank you for Matthew White who played the 17 year old Derbyshire reserve, round his home course with a handicap deficit of 3 shots each round. He halved in the morning and won 5&4 in the second round - a great result!
Although a loss for us today, Simon certainly has a very strong under 16 team for the season and I'm sure you will beat Derbyshire when you play them. Thank you to all the parents of our under 16's for letting the boys play for Chris and I. They were all a credit to you and their Clubs.
Also thank you to Paul and all the Derbyshire officials who made us very welcome, the Green staff and team at Alfreton, we had a great day. A special thank you to the Restaurant manager who changed the menu to suit the boys - it was the best food they have had at a county match.
Thank you to Mitch's Dad and Micheal, Cameron's Dad for staying with us for the whole day along with our President Graham Barton. Even Simon was brave enough to turn up for the singles in the knowledge of a potential bar bill waiting for him after Jacobs hole in one.
Finally, thank you to the captain of Alfreton who presented a picture of the 6th hole signed by both teams and officials to Jacob. What a great gestured hugely appreciated.
A great day except for the result!
Bob Wallace & Chris Watson
U18 Boys Managers
Singles result 6.5 -3.5 Final Score 9-6. To Derbyshire
Cameron Bridger & Jacob Parsons halved with Josh Ashton & Henry Haywood
Lewis Watson & Mitch Hopwood lost 4/3 to Sam Potter & Matt Bedford
Ales Spencer & Seb Cave won 4/3 Dan Hearslip & Max Hughes
Adam Perks & Luke Donnelly halved with Tom Mooney & Jack Barker
Charlie Lamb & Lucas Laurie halved with Kallis Hyde & Ben Wain
Cameron Bridger lost 1 down to Josh Ashton
Lewis Watson. Won 2/1 against Sam Potter
Seb Cave. Won 3/2 against Henry Haywood
Mitch Hopwood lost 4/3 to Matt Bedford
Ales Spencer lost 3/2 to Tom Mooney
Jacob Parsons lost 4/2 to Dan Hearslip
Adam Perks halved with Max Hughes
Lucas Laurie lost 3/2 to Jack Barker
Luke Donnelly won 4/2 against Kallis Hyde
Charlie lamb lost 3/2 to Ben Wain