We are looking forward to returning to Bath Golf Club for the playing of the 2018 County Championship which is sure to present a worth challenge for this years competitors. Our thanks go to the members and management of the club for allowing us the use of their course on the day.
We will again have the luxury of a two-tee start for the competition this year. where Phil White will be attempting a hat-trick of victories, but he will be facing increased competition as this event gives a final chance for players to stake a claim to represent Somerset at South West Week.
The County Championship was finally decided after the second sudden death play off hole when defending Champion Phil White finally overcame the challenge from Matt Kippen. Playing together in the last group, the pair shared the lead ofter the morning round with 3 under par rounds of 69. Back out again in the afternoon, challenges came from Jack Palmer, who added a 68 to his 72 of the morning to become leader in the Clubhouse. Josh Freeman also played consistently well all day as did Kobe Asdams, but the contest finally came down to the battle between Phil and Matt.
They both scored 69 again in the afternoon so the play-off beckoned - 4 holes of strokeplay to be followed if neccessary by sudden death. Holes selected were 1, 2, 17 and 18 and the players set off with a large entourage of supporters and well-wishers. Back in the Clubhouse we waited for news from the course. As the players approached the 18th tee it was confirmed that Phil was holding a 2 shot advantage over Matt.Phil's tee shot came up short but Matt found the green. Phil's chip came up short, as did his first putt. Matt hit a putt that just missed the hole, before Phils winning putt just skirted the hole to the left. Matt had "one of those" to take the match into sudden death which he sent nervelessly to the bottom of the cup.
Back to all square, and off again to the first tee, both found the green with their tee shots, the hole was halved so on to the second. This time, Phil managed to overcome Matt's courageous fightback to reclaim the title. We had all enjoyed an epic County Championship, superbly hosted by Minehead & West Somerset.
Kobe Adams finally won a County title that he richly deserved, becoming Colts Champion. Kobe has put his heart and soul into Somerset Golf, coming through the Junior ranks to becoming a first team player. This was a very popular win forsomeone liked and admired throughout the County, both for his skill and cheerful demeanour. The Arthur Evans Cup for the best Junior performance was won by Dylan Xanh from Mendip Spring GC.
The battle for the title of Champion Club in the County was won by Burnham & Berrow. The team of Phil White, Jeremy Larcombe and Ron Shroder beat Enmore Park by 2 shots.