HGU COUNTY FOURSOMES CHAMPIONS: LUKE COLGATE & PAUL COBURN (BERKHAMSTED)
HGU COUNTY FOURSOMES CHAMPIONS - PAUL COBURN (L) AND LUKE COLGATE (R) OF BERKHAMSTED
The partnership of Luke Colgate and Paul Coburn from Berkhamsted produced two excellent rounds of foursomes golf to win the County Foursomes Championship played yesterday (Sun 24 Sep) at Porters Park Golf Club. Ironically Luke and Paul had played against each other just the previous weekend in the Berkhamsted Club Championship final, in which Luke claimed victory after some sparking play over a long weekend of golf.
43 pairs of low handicap golfers from around the county assembled at the picturesque course located in Radlett, which was playing long off its blue championship tees and due the recent wet weather causing limited run on the rolling fairways.
In recent years Sandy Lodge have dominated this event with the winning pair coming from the club in 4 in the last 5 years and consecutive wins in the last 3 years.
The event was played on a beautiful autumn day with warm sunshine from start to finish with light winds. Possibly the last great day of weather left in the year!
After the morning round the Letchworth pair of Niall Johnston and Jack Slater led the field by one shot after an excellent round of level par 70. Colgate and Coburn were a shot back on 71 (+1), with two pairs on 72 (+2), Ben Harman and Joe Smith of Letchworth and Harry Gillespie and Dan Gibson of Welwyn Garden City, with three more pairs within a further three shots on 75 (+5) or better. Letchworth, with rounds of 70 and 72 led the team standings by a considerable margin and barring an afternoon collapse had all but settled the Peggy Harkett Memorial Trophy by lunchtime, but the main pairs title was very much still up for grabs.
The afternoon round saw generally better scoring and the best round of the day was achieved in the pm by the West Herts pairing of Sean Kelly and Michael Rees with a excellent round of 68 (-2) featuring 6 birdies.
Colgate & Coburn scored an afternoon round of 70 (level) to add to their morning round of 71 for a 36 hole gross total of 141 (+1), an excellent score on what is a tough par 70 golf course with an SSS of 72 from the blue tees. The am leaders Johnston & Slater would require a pm score of 71 to tie or 70 or better to win. From the 10th tee they were level par through the turn and were +1 on the 7th tee, their 16th of the round. Unfortunately a wild drive led to a double bogey and a par-par finish gave them an afternoon of 73 (+3) and 2 shots behind the eventual winners. Johnston and Slater were pipped to 2nd place by their clubmates Harman and Smith, who also shot 143 (+3) for the day, but a better afternoon round of 71 (+1) gave them the edge on countback. Johnston and Slater did have the consolation of winning the team prize with excellent scores across the four scores of 70, 71, 72 and 73 for a total of 286 (+6), 14 shots ahead of their nearest rivals Berkhamsted.
PEGGY HARKETT MEMORIAL TROPHY WINNERS - LETCHWORTH, FROM L TO R, JOE SMITH, BEN HARMAN, NIALL JOHNSTON & JACK SLATER