The first of this season’s prestigious competitions was held at Nevill Golf Club last week in its Centenary year. Considering the appalling winter weather and rain we’ve had, the course was in fantastic condition and the players had three wonderful days of warm Spring sunshine. There was some magnificent golf played by young, and some not so young, very talented players! The semi finals resulted in Bognor Regis knocking out last year’s winners Pyecombe and 2013 semi-finalists Highwoods beating Royal Ashdown Forest.
The final saw the newly formed partnership of Chelsea Masters and Chris Coxhead for Highwoods and back in the Bognor team after a 4 year ‘baby sabbatical’, Chloe Court partnering Heather Tidy, winners of the event in 2010. After losing the first two holes, the Bognor pair fought back to win the match on the 16th, with a total of 6 birdies! A great three days golf and an exciting start to the 2014 season.
Bognor Regis team Chloe Court and Heather Tidy, with Sue Todd County Captain and Mel Boyse, County President
Afterwards, we spoke with Chloe and Heather about their win:
Congratulations to both of you for winning the event, 5 rounds of matchplay foursomes is tough – 24 hours later how are you feeling?
Chloe – it’s a lot of golf, so whilst I’m euphoric to have won, it really is very mentally draining, particularly when you’ve not played much competitive golf.
Foursomes is a difficult format, you can’t have played together much?
Heather – we get on very well, and our games are similar – we knew we needed to get our heads down and focus since we had some very strong opposition in every round.
Chloe – Funnily enough, we last played foursomes in the same event in 2010, and we won that year too – so we must be a strong partnership, played in the Scratch Fours twice, and won twice – we’re unbeaten!!
Chloe, after a four year ‘baby sabbatical’ what was it like?
I’ve played very little, and it’s my first competitive golf since the County Finals in 2010. I’m delighted to have won, it’s reassuring that I can still perform under pressure, and I’m looking forward to playing more club golf this year.
Highwoods Chris Coxhead and Chelsea Masters, with County President Mel Boyse