The U 18s played their final match of the season in the Channel league at home to Gwent at Weston Super mare. Both counties were in the running for the U18 title with two wins and one defeat in their previous matches.
The match was played on a very well presented course with excellent greens on a fabulous mid September day. The wind gradually increased during the day to provide the later matches with some testing conditions.
Both teams showed their fighting spirit early on in the morning foursomes with a hateful of birdies and the occasional eagle.
There was a good win 6 + 4 for the Bath pairing of Adam Jolly and Kieran Bye , despite some good golf from other home players the point proved to be the only point from the morning matches for the home side.
Following an excellent pasta lunch the boys were well prepared for the afternoon singles.
Ollie Brimfield started the top match with a run of birdies . He was 5 up after 12 holes looking for an early finish. All credit to his opponent who fought back arriving at the 17th tee only 1 down. A half at the 17th and a win for Ollie on the 18th resulted in a 2up win in the top match. Dylan and Bailey played some good golf but lost out to excellent golf from the Gwent players. In the fourth singles Huxley Howell won the 18th to secure a good half point. Lewis Coward played well on his return to the team after a lengthy injury , he was 3 up after ten and despite a spirited come back from his opponent he secured a win on the last.
Adam Jolly won the 16th and 17th holes to take his match down the last all square. He lost out to an excellent up and down from Gwent . Jackson Carey battled all the way in his match just loosing out on the 17th to a good birdie. Alfie Jubb playing his last game as a junior secured our final point with a convincing 3 + 1 win.
Gwent took the singles 6.5 - 3.5 and the match 10.5 - 4.5. They now sit at the top of the channel league U18 table. Wiltshire have a match to play and need to win by a reasonable margin to knock Gwent from top spot.
My thanks to Weston Golf club for looking after us well on the day. Also to U18 coach Paul Mitchell for attending in the morning. Special thanks to all the parents who have supported the boys this year and provided taxi services. Finally I wish the boys who are moving on from the juniors every success in the future in whatever direction they take and hope they will continue with their golfing development.