Staffordshire Under 14's welcomed the Warwickshire President along with the Warwickshire boys, at a very warm Stone Golf Club on Saturday, 19th May. Warwickshire, fresh off a win over Shropshire and Herfordshire, brought a very strong team, with strength in depth to play Saffordshire. The matches were keenly contested. The top match was lost 2 and 1 in aclose match. Jenson Forrester and Josh Sepe brought the match back to all square with a 3 and 2 win. The third match, at one time being three down on the back nine, went to the 18th hole. A half was secured with a wonderful chip in by Satffordshire to halve the match. Shortly afterwards Staffordshire took the match lead with a good 3 and 2 win by Aarian Matharu and Ruhun De Silva, both making their county debut. The result of the match hinged on the final match which went down to the final hole, which Warwickshire won, leaving the match all square at 2.5 points each.
Staffordshire Under 14's took on Worcestershire in wet and blustery conditions at South Staffordshire Golf Club on the 10th September. In a keenly fought contest, played in good spirits, Staffordshire ran out winners 4.5 to 1.5 points. Three of the matches going to the 18th hole. The top two matches were won comfortably but Worcestershire in the third match fought back well to win a deserved half point. The fourth match went Worcestershire's way with the boys winning the last two holes to win by one hole. The score was reversed for the fifth match. The final match ended with a five and four win to Staffordshire.
Staffordshire U14 4.5 Worcestershire U14 1.5
Saturday, 2nd September saw the Under 14's team take on the other 9 counties at Broughton Heath Golf Club. With the best 5 scores out of 6 to count, Staffordshire finished 5th behind Shropshire and Herefordshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, with a score of +87.
Well done to Spencer Worley who finished 5th overall with a plus 10 score of 118.
Congratulations to Shropshire and Herefordshire, winners with a +55 score.
Under 14 team: Charlie Rimmer, Spencer Worley, Ethan Evans, Alfie White, Harvey Roberts (Reserve) Jenson Forrester.
On a warm Bank Holiday sunday, the Under 14's took on Shropshire and Herford at The Shropshire Golf Club.
In a match played in good spirits by both sides, Harvey Roberts and Dan Porter put Staffordshire ahead with a convincing 4 and 3 victory. Ethan Evans and Spencer Worley fought hard, losing on the 18th hole. Shropshire and Hereford took the last games both 3 and 2 leaving Charlie Rimmer and Owen Mills to win their match for honours to be even. Charlie rolled in a four foot pressure putt to halve the 18th hole and to win their match. Honours even 3 each.
Staffordshire Under 14's took on Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire in the Midland 4 Counties tournament at Broughton Heath Golf club on the 20th and 21st July.
Weather condition meant that the boys did not get to play a full practice round on the Thursday morning although the weather improved for the afternoon when they played Derbyshire in the first match. Staffordshire did not get off to the best of starts, with the top three games going the way of Derbyshire. The last three games saw an improvement with one win and two games ending all square. Derbyshire ending 4 to 2 winners.
Staffordshire needed to get off to a flying start on the Friday morning. In windy conditions they took on Warwickshire. A win would put them in contention for the tournament. The boys ended 3.5 to 1.5 winners. A win over Nottinghamshire in the afternoon would see the boys in with a real chance of being tournament winners. Unfortunately they ended up losing 4 to 2 against the tournament winners, Nottinghamshire.
Honours were even in a keenly fought match against Warwickshire at the Rugby Golf Club on Sunday 21st May. Staffordshire went to the 18th hole one down in both opening matches. To their credit both pairs won the 18th hole to halve their matches. Five out of the six matches went to either the 17th or 18th holes.
Click here for the score card.
The Under 14's started their season with a 4 - 1 victory over Derbshire at The Manor Golf Club on Monday 10th April.
Click here for the result of the score card.
The Boys U12 & U14 Championships took part at Lichfield GC. 33 Boys played for the honour of becoming county champions. Some excellent golf was witnessed on the challenging course.
1st Gross U14 Oliver Rimmer (Little Aston GC) 79
1st Gross U12 Tom Weeks (Branston GC) 80
Oliver Rimmer, SUGC President Martin Payne and Tom Weeks pictured below with their trophies
3rd place for Staffs Boys was a good effort, considering all the team were new to this event.
Full results of Staffordshire matches below.
U14 Team 2016 - Noah Birch, Oliver Rimmer, Spencer Worley, Adam Perks, Tom Hassall Capt., Luke Donneley, Chris McCarthy
Well done to all the boys who did very well in trying conditions. Lightning forced them off the course for a while, and heavy rain flooded the greens. Lets hope for better weather in future matches.
A most enjoyable U14 friendly 4 ball at Patshull Park GC, on ane of the better days for recent weather finished 3 - 3.
For a number of boys it was their first outing for the County. Results & Photo below.
President, Champion Harry Fearn, Colin Heard Capt. Stone GC
Well done to Staffs finishing in second place to a very strong Nottinghamshire team, who just pipped them by 5 - 7 points in the final match. Details & Picture below.
Tom Alford,Harry Fearn,Yassine Oakley,Lewis Powell,Seth Staton,Dawson Bailey & Captain Steve Downes.
Congratulations to Staffs U14 Boys who beat Warwicks 7-5 at Handsworth GC Team picture below.
Scoreshheet: U14 Staffs v Derby 7th April 2015.pdf
Photo Boys v S & H 2015.pdf
The inaugural match between Staffs U14 Boys v Derbyshire took place at Branston GC.
U14 Captain Steve Downes reports on a win for Derbyshire by 7 to 5