THE WINNING UNDER 18 TEAM, FROM L TO R, BACK ROW, JACK KELLY, HARRY BIGHAM, MATTHEW GREEN, GREG HURLEY, ABHISHEK PANKHANIA, BEN MILLER & DANIEL STANNARD. FRONT ROW, ADAM TRIDGELL, CASEY BLUNSUM, GEORGE CASTLE & SAM CANEY.
REPORT FROM BOYS MANAGER CHRIS JAMES;
Berkhamsted hosted the opening fixture for the 2018 county boys with the annual challenge between the U18 and U16 Boys. A cold frosty course greeted the boys for the first hour until conditions warmed up and the bouncy hard greens softened up and started holding approach shots
The morning foursomes went the way of the older boys with some convincing victories but not before the U16’s had given their older opponents a wake up call as through the first 9-holes they were up in most matches. However the older boys found their games and had a more success on the back nine holes.
In the top match Greg Hurley and Jack Kelly were too strong for Oliver Lennie and George Durkan and ran out winners by 5&3. Harry Bigham and Matt Green enjoyed a close win over George Wright and Oscar Earle by 2&1.
3 matches went to the 18th green with debutants Daniel Stannard playing with Casey Blunsum both from Cheshunt Park won the last hole to win 2-Up over Ashay Dhingra and Lewis Smith.
Adam Tridgell and Sam Caney also sneaked a close victory 1-Up over Stuart Plumb partnering Kiertan Sangra; whereas Harry Johnson and George Castle were held in a ding dong game by Matt Gauntlett and Josh Lear to give the U16’s their only half point for their morning efforts.
Abhishek Pankhania playing with Ben Miller proved capable partners in defeating Finlay Craigmyle and Logan Deyong.
The afternoon singles proved a wash out for 7 games with incessant rain and a strong biting wind making playing increasingly difficult. Only 5 matches were concluded with the U18’s convincingly winning 4 of them and just George Durkan gaining the U16’s sole victory over Harry Bigham by 5&4. The remaining 7 matches were brought in early due to the deteriorating conditions and as such whatever the score their result was declared a half point each.
This made the final score 13-5 points in favour of the older boys who retained the Challenge Shield.
Matches were played in a good competitive spirit and the boys were grateful to Berkhamsted for allowing them the opportunity of experiencing their challenging course and for the excellent food served to sustain them during the day and replenish their batteries at the conclusion of play.
FROM L TO R, ABHISHEK PANKHANIA, BEN MILLER, FINLAY CRAIMYLE & LOGAN DEJONG
FROM L TO R, ADAM TRIDGELL, SAM CANEY, STUART PLUMB & KIERTAN SANGHA
FROM L TO R, GEORGE DURKAN, OLIVER LENNIE, GREG HURLEY & JACK KELLY
FROM L TO R, GEORGE WRIGHT, OSCAR EARLE, HARRY BIGHAM & MATTHEW GREEN
FROM L TO R, JOSH LEAR, MATTHEW GAUNTLETT, HARRY JOHNSON & GEORGE CASTLE
FROM L TO R, LEWIS SMITH, ASHAY DHINGRA, DANIEL STANNARD & CASEY BLUNSUM