Congratulations to Surrey for winning County Match Week with 6 fixture points, ahead of Hampshire by just 1 game point.
Hosting Counties Week under Covid restrictions was always going to be different and a challenge for the golf club, officials and players. What wasn’t expected on Midsummer's day was a deluge of rain causing the abandonment of the afternoon’s play for the first time for many years! The new shortened version of Counties week had just been shortened further!
However, we cannot control the elements and after drying out from Monday the players once again ventured out on a very wet Tuesday morning session - luckily this was Sussex rest session and they were tucked up in the dry!
The match against Middlesex on Monday had seen the players win comfortably, but Tuesday's match against Hampshire provided a much sterner test. Unfortunately Salysa suffered a reoccurrence of an injury after her match on Monday which prevented from taking any further part in the tournament. The good news was that Chloe had recovered sufficiently from her injury enabling her to partner Heather in the foursomes. Three of the matches went to the 18th signifying the “never-say-die" attitude of our players. Unfortunately we just lost 2-3.
Wednesday dawned bright and sunny and Sussex faced their most difficult challenge against Surrey. The team remained unchanged and we won one foursomes match, but lost the other. Unfortunately Surrey were too strong for us in the Singles winning 2 out of the 3 matches, with Ellen Nicholas taking the notable scalp of Olivia Horsford on the 18th!
The results and table position were not what we wanted and there is work to do in the future to continue to develop and support our players. A performance worthy of note is that Elodie-Jane Yates and Brandy Rook won all three of their matches - a fantastic achievement!
Sussex won many friends during this week, not only for hosting during Covid, but for having a very efficient competition office where Judith Dingle and Sue Rushworth welcomed each captain or county official with a smile and ran the event brilliantly - thank you!
A huge thank you to Worthing Golf Club, their members for giving up their club for 4 days, the management for agreeing to let us go ahead under Covid restrictions, for all of the superb catering and bar staff and to the greens staff for providing a fabulous course and greens in very difficult weather conditions.
A “thank you” also to all of the Counties - players and officials for their support in complying with regulations and for their appreciation of the effort it took from all quarters to stage this event at this time.
Off to Burhill next year and Surrey on their home territory!
Pat Johns - County Captain
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