What another amazing year! Winning the Stovold Trophy for the third year in a row is beyond our wildest dreams!
The matches were condensed into 2 very short weeks at the end of July and the beginning of August. It began at Whyke Green GC where we beat a strong Middlesex team 7½ to 1½. It was a good start. 5 days later we played Kent at Sweetwoods. This was a great win against a strengthening side and we won 6½ to 2½. 2 out of 2 wins – all was going well. Then 3 days later we played Hampshire at Stoneham! What a wonderful course! This was a very close fought match and unfortunately, we lost 5-4, but if we were to lose, this scoreline wasn’t the end of the world. Our last match was against our old rivals, Surrey. This was played on 7th August at Cowdray. Again, it was expected to be a close match as it has always been in the past. After the morning foursomes we were 2-1, so we only needed 3 matches to win, which we did!
As the scores were so close, it was all down to Surrey’s match against Kent which was played on 24th August. As long as Kent did not win more than 5 games, we were the winners! Surrey fought hard and only lost 5-4 which meant we were victorious yet again. But … by the closest of margins – by half a game!
Congratulations to all the players who made this possible – Kathy Donohoe, Sang Porter, Suzanne Taylor, Nikki Dudman, Alison Vermes, Tracy Poulsom, Sally Brown and to the newcomers for 2017, Sian Southerton, Leanne Caffyn and Holly Crompton. Well done team!!!
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Tessa Stockwell, 2nd Team Manager
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2nd Team Matches 2017
|26 July||Sussex vs Middlesex (Away)||Whyke Green||Won 7.5 - 1.5|
|31 July||Sussex vs Kent (Home)||Sweetwoods Park||Won 6.5 - 2.5|
|3 August||Sussex vs Hampshire (Away)||Stoneham||Lost 4 - 5|
|7 August||Sussex vs Surrey (Home)||Cowdray Golf||Won 5 - 4|
|29 October||1st team vs 2nd team||Cowdray Golf||Lost 3 & 2
1st v 2nd Team Results
2nd Team Report Sussex v Surrey @Cowdray GC – Monday 7th August
A cloudy morning greeted the team at Cowdray on Monday 7th August. The players teed off the morning foursomes in drizzle, fortunately, it didn’t last and the wind remained calm. The matches against Surrey are always hard fought and today was no exception, with both teams still in the running for the Stovold Trophy.
The newest pairing of Leanne Caffyn and Holly Crompton played together again and comfortably won their match 4 & 2. Suzanne Taylor and Sian Southerton had a closer game but eventually won 2 & 1. Heather Korzilius and Sarah Gilmore from Surrey were too strong for Nikki Dudman and Sally Brown so Sussex were 2-1 up after the morning foursomes.
It was certainly going to be cat and mouse in the afternoon, with the singles pairings playing a massive part. The first match to finish was Leanne Caffyn’s, winning on the 11th hole. A massive 8 & 7 win which included an eagle on the par 5, 4th hole! The remaining matches were all very close. Suzanne Taylor lost on the 18th, then Sally Brown won 3 & 2. The next 2 matches were victories to Surrey. So, it was all going to rest on the last 2 matches. Sussex needing just one more win. Holly Crompton managed to win on 17th while Nikki lost on 18. Well done Sussex! A good 5 v 4 victory.
We now have to wait to see who will win the Trophy – the most important match between Surrey and Kent will decide, so watch this space!!!
2nd Team Report Sussex v Hants @Stoneham GC – Thursday 3rd August 2017
The 2nd Team always knows that they’re in for a great battle against Hampshire and this year was no different. We were 5-4 winners last year, so we were hoping we could match that or do better!
The dark cloudy skies and strong winds greeted the team at Stoneham and they were soon aware that the conditions were going to play a big part.
Hampshire won the morning foursomes 2-1 with Tracy Poulsom and Leanne Caffyn the only pair to win for Sussex. The afternoon singles were going to be closely fought, which was made a little tougher by the ever increasing wind. The singles ended up 3-3 so we lost overall 5-4. Many thanks to the team of Suzanne Taylor, Sally Brown, Tracy Poulsom, Kathy Donohoe, Sang Porter and Leanne Caffyn who gave it their all in very trying conditions.
It is all to play for in our final match is against Surrey at Cowdray on 7th August!
2nd Team Report Sussex v Kent @Sweetwoods GC – Monday 31st July 2017
Blue skies greeted the team at Sweetwoods for their 2nd match in defence of the Stovold Trophy.
Three new players were included in the Team for this match against Kent – Sian Southerton from Bognor, Holly Crompton from East Brighton and Leanne Caffyn from Ifield were thrown in at the deep end. Kent had already played 2 matches and won them both, so a win for Sussex was very important.
It started well with a 3.5 to 0.5 win in the morning foursomes putting the team were in a positive mood for the afternoon singles. Out of the 6 matches, we won 3 – and with ease! Great golf played by one and all. Congratulations to the team comprising Nikki Dudman, Tracy Poulsom, Suzanne Taylor, Sian Southerton, Holly Crompton and Leanne Caffyn. It is all to play for at our next match is against Hampshire at Stoneham on Thursday 3rd August.
2nd Team Report Middlesex v Sussex @Wyke Green Golf Club – Wednesday 26th July 2017
What is it with this fixture! Last year it drizzled and then rained! This year, it was drizzly and then rained!
All the morning foursomes were nip and tuck and could have gone either way. Fortunately for us, Sally Brown playing with Alison Vermes and Tracy Poulsom playing with Nikki Dudman, came in victorious while Kathy Donohoe and Sang Porter halved their match. A great start!
When the girls teed off for the afternoon singles, the weather wasn’t too bad. The forecast was for a bit more drizzle, then sun and then more drizzle and then ok! By the halfway point, we certainly had the advantage in most of the matches. We won 5 out of the 6, so a resounding 7½ to1½ win.
Well done girls, a promising start for the defence of the Stovold Trophy.
The next match is against Kent at Sweetwoods on Monday 31st July.