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Youth friendlies prove huge success

PUBLISHED: 14:24 03 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:34 03 March 2010

GOLF: The schools summer holidays have enabled golf clubs to arrange friendly matches with different junior sections.

Rushmere and Woodbridge arranged a junior match at Woodbridge and the visitors triumphed by winning three matches, losing one and the other two were halved.

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THE schools summer holidays have enabled golf clubs to arrange friendly matches with different junior sections.

Rushmere and Woodbridge arranged a junior match at Woodbridge and the visitors triumphed by winning three matches, losing one and the other two were halved.

Twenty-four boys took part even though both clubs had lost some of their better players to other competitions.

What it did, however, was to allow junior organisers, Rushmere's Carol Perks and John McNally and Ian Weedon of Woodbridge, the chance to play some of the younger members.

Junior matches are a good way of getting the boys and girls to play on different courses and help educate their knowledge of different playing surfaces.

Certainly the Woodbridge course was in excellent condition and as a result there was some good scoring from the boys.

In the first match Woodbridge drew first blood when Jamie Ayres and Tom Fairbrother beat David Wall and Damien Gant by just one hole.

Rushmere levelled when in in-form Joe Simpson and Bradley Cavanagh stormed to a 3 and 2 victory over the strong home pairing of Harry Ferguson and Harry Hogg.

Andrew Newman and Shaun Masterson looked to have wrapped up another Rushmere victory when they were four up at one stage, but the never-say-die attitude of Ben Tawell and Charles Ford saw their square the match on the final green.

Ben is the son Bob Tawell, who took over as secretary/manager at Rushmere in June, and provided me with this report and picture.

Callen Newman and Curtis Mann were Rushmere winners in the fourth game, edging out Robert Fontana and Hugo Dobson with Callen sinking the winning putt on the 18th green.

The Rushmere pairing did tremendously well considering they had been four down during the course of a very good match.

Woodbridge's James McNally partnered the youngest player in the field in Sam Walker against Jack Foster and Ryan Sykes. James made a birdie at the final hole to earn a half.

The overall outcome depended on the last match. Rushmere's Levi Sykes and Neil Horsefield were dormy one playing the last against Andreos Lazos and Jamie Sharp. Levi put his chip stone dead to enable Rushmere to win the hole and the game two up.

Afterwards Woodbridge entertained Rushmere to a superb meal and all the players were a credit to their clubs.

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