Herts sink Cambridgeshire counterparts

PUBLISHED: 18:27 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

HERTFORDSHIRE S men dominated the singles as they defeated their Cambridgeshire golfing counterparts in a friendly match. The Herts county team produced some excellent golf to beat their rivals by 10. matches to 4. at The Shire, London. The match was Hert

HERTFORDSHIRE'S men dominated the singles as they defeated their Cambridgeshire golfing counterparts in a friendly match.

The Herts county team produced some excellent golf to beat their rivals by 101/2 matches to 41/2 at The Shire, London.

The match was Herts' last warm-up game before the season begins at the end of the month.

Apart from stalwarts James York and Greg Schmidt, the county team was made up of younger players and welcome returns for Paul Wilkins and Andy Kay.

The morning foursomes were just edged by Hertfordshire by 31/2 matches to 11/2.

The best result of 6&4 went to Glen Portelli and Joe Smith.

The 17th and 18th holes, with plenty of water, provided entertainment to players who had already finished, with one match halving the 18th in seven.

Herts dominated the singles, although water on many holes provided some disasters.

Again, young Ryan Newman, recent runner-up in the West of England Amateur, proved a real talent with three birdies and an eagle on his last seven holes before winning 3&2.

Matt Wallace, playing in his first senior match, won 2&1.

He and boys' champion Glen Portelli, another under 18 who won by one hole, demonstrated the talent available in the county at the moment.

This shows how valuable the junior coaching system has become.

Paul Wilkins and Andy Kay both won their singles, 4&3 and 2&1 respectively, as did Joe Smith by two holes, and Nick Algate by one hole.

Captain James York and Greg Schmidt did not fare so well, both having a blank day.

The county team's next competition is the Eastern Counties Foursomes this coming weekend held annually at the Seacroft club at Skegness.


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