The first match in the Greenaway trophy of 2019 took place at Wells Golf Club on Monday 5th August. It was a warm pleasant day and the course was well presented with a few testing pin positions.
Devon arrived with a very strong squad looking to select their side for English County finals later in the month.
The first hole is often a challenge and it was noticeable that in the morning foursomes Devon took driver and got into some tricky positions. The pin on the first was positioned on the far right of the green so a drive right of the green provided a very testing shot over the bunker with no green to play with. If the ball went long it was OB and left was dead. Somerset took irons on the first with a wedge to the green which worked well.
After 3 holes the first pair of Bailey Langford and Tom Hayden were 3 up and looking strong. The Devon pair fought hard and eventually overhauled the lead and ran out winners on the 16th.
The second pairing of Charlie Goss and Will O’Halloran played some solid golf and took a well deserved win on the 17th.
Devon scored well in the next two matches winning convincingly with a string of birdies.
Somerset’s final pairing Kieran Bye and U16 Jackson Carey played well and secured the home sides second point with an impressive 4 + 2 win.
One point down after the morning foursomes meant there was everything to play for in the singles.
Devon’s big guns, James Reed, Craig Passmore and Matt Millar played well in the afternoon and took the first three singles matches. The remaining matches were all tight with all going the distance or to 17th. There were good wins for Ollie Hayden, Alis Kew and Jackson Carey. Alfie Jubb fought back from being four down to secure a half point winning the 18th. Archie Walsh also halved his match with some good iron play and strong putting. Will O’Halloran was unfortunate to loose, he was 2 up with four to play but three birdies in a row from his opponent resulted in a 1 up win for Devon. Kieran Bye played some great golf over the last few holes. He was 3 down with five to play. He won the 14th and 15th and narrowly missed a put to win the 16th. An impressive birdie at the par 3 17th resulted in the score being level going up the 18th. A rescue club off the tee just caught the trees on the right preventing him from going for the green. He found the short grass with his third shot and his 20’ put lipped out. Devon found the back of the green in two. The chip went 10’ past the hole but an impressive put secured the par and a win.
The home team played well and made a very strong Devon side work hard for the win.