Sunday the 15th September saw our Christies Cup Team travel to Sunbury Golf Centre for the final of the Surrey Christies Cup. The competition is Surrey Golfs junior interclub knock out competition and is played on a home or away basis.
This year’s competition started way back in March with thirty teams in the initial draw.
Lee Mucklow had overseen the team’s success in the competition back 2013 and his advice was to pick a mix of players that can reliably score around handicap and those that have the potential to play well under their current handicap…
Our first match was away at Roehampton and our 3-man team consisted of Captain Joe Silcock, Sam Woodham and Jack Kircher. The best two scores are added together and the team with the greater points tally win the round. All 3 boys played well but Jacks 45 stableford points was the standout score and caused a little awkwardness as the boys shook hands!
Our second-round match was against Farnham at Windlesham. This time Joe was joined by Thomas White and Max Dale. Again, the boys did well and managed to beat a good Farnham team that included Lottie Woad who is a rising star in Surrey and England golf circles. The draw was kind to us for the third round, another home match this time against a much-fancied Walton Heath team.
Joe, Thomas and Ben Lovell battled hard against a very strong Walton Heath side. We won the tie by a solitary point and Jon Silcock commented that we were fortunate to come on top in such a tight tie. After two home games the semi-final was away against Addington Palace. We travelled to Croydon on Saturday the 24th August for what on paper was a very tough tie. We had been unable to make a practice round and the home team was at a distinct advantage on what is a tricky track. Jack came back into the team to Join Joe and Thomas and as expected the boys found it tough going but managed to do enough to come out on top with a few points to spare. Burhill were the opponents at Sunbury after overcoming Hindhead in their semi. The weather was kind and Steve McNeil the Surrey Secretary saw the boys off in the sunshine. The boys had played a practice round and had a clear plan. Joe lead us of with an iron from the tee on the drivable par 4 first hole, making an opening birdie 3. Thomas was second off hitting a solid drive into the middle of the fairway. Josh Gates had been unlucky to miss out on a place in previous rounds but was nerveless as his drive found the short grass off the tee. The boys conservative approach paid dividends much to the surprise of the Burhill team. Joe shooting a level par 39 points, Thomas a solid 38 and Josh a massive 44 points!
Needless to say, the boys ran out comfortable winners and rightly claimed the trophy!!
Windlesham will now represent Surrey at England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa next August. Jon Silcock deserves huge praise for running the team throughout the season and travelling to all of our matches and practice rounds.