Professionals whip county into shape

PUBLISHED: 16:36 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 26 October 2009

THE county s amateur golfers played their second pre-season friendly against a strong team of professionals at Whipsnade Park Golf Club on Sunday. The result of the match went in favour of the professionals by seven matches to five. They won the foursome

THE county's amateur golfers played their second pre-season friendly against a strong team of professionals at Whipsnade Park Golf Club on Sunday.

The result of the match went in favour of the professionals by seven matches to five.

They won the foursomes 3-1, with wins for Chris Weston and Steve Harris by one hole and Martin Bird and playing partner Daniel Field by 2&1, with the other two matches halved.

The singles were tied four points apiece, with county boys' champion Glen Portelli winning 3&1.

Tom Speyer also won 2&1 for Herts and Sam Claridge by one hole.

For the pros, Mark Day won 2&1, Andrew Hurley by one hole and Rob Leonard 9&7, with the other two matches halved.

However, the clash proved a very useful fixture for the Herts county team manager as some of the newer players proved that they are more than ready for consideration to play in the league side.

Most of the matches were close and the final result was in the balance for a while.

Although the pros had already gained six points, the county looked like gaining an excellent half.

Unfortunately, a couple of missed putts and one slightly off-line drive, plus some determined play from their opponents, meant the professionals picked up an additional point to secure victory overall.

Whipsnade Park provided excellent facilities, coupled with a challenging and very well presented golf course.


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