Herts drive into top form

In their final friendly match, at The Shire London, before the season gets under way at the end of the month, Herts county team produced some excellent golf to defeat Cambridgeshire by 10. matches to 4..

In their final friendly match, at The Shire London, before the season gets under way at the end of the month, Herts county team produced some excellent golf to defeat Cambridgeshire by 101/2 matches to 41/2.

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 31/2 to 11/2, with the best result of 6&4 going 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 and how valuable the junior coaching system has become.


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Paul Wilkins and Andy Kay both won their singles, 4&3 and 2&1 respectively, as did Joe Smith, two holes, and Nick Algate, 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 held annually at the Seacroft club at Skegness.

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