Pearson Trophy Finals Day Report for Pearson Captains 2015-16
For the previous two/three weeks we had had wet, wet, wet weather. A few days before the final, the forecast was not good. However, the day ended up dry with cloud and some sunshine throughout the day! Three cheers for that!
Jackie and I were at Bearsted bright and early to get ready for the arrival of the four Kent finalists. Broke Hill, Hever Castle, Royal Cinque Ports and Shortlands. Broke Hill were the newbies, their first time at finals day. Bearsted secretary, John Hemphrey and Lady Captain Diane Waghorn arrived shortly after. The Lady Captain did a stalwart job during the day. Acting as starter for the semis and finals. And, ball spotting on the 13th. Many thanks to Diane. A great job.
All the formalities were done. Team lists exchanged, handicaps checked, breakfasts eaten and it was time to start the semi-final at 8:30am. Kent Vice-Captain, Ingrid Long and Kent President, Elaine Tappin were there with their radios to act as referees during the day. The first semi-final was between Hever Castle and Shortlands. Hever went into an early lead with the 1st pair, followed shortly after by a good win by match 6. 2up. Shortlands drew back to 2-2. Then Hever were 3-2. Before long, Hever had their 4th and deciding win with match 5. Match seven was called in.
The second semi-final was between Broke Hill and Royal Cinque Ports. RCP went into an early lead 2-1 up in matches. However, it was not long before Broke Hill had their 2nd win, 2-2. With good wins by matches' 5 & 7, Broke Hill were through. Match 6 was called in.
Lunches were eaten and it was not long before we were off again for the final between Broke Hill and Hever castle. Hever Castle winning the toss for honour on the 1st at 2pm. The 1st match got quickly into their stride. It was a close match from start to finish. Hever were 2 down after 16 but played a perfect 17th. 1 down. Down the par 3 18th. Pat Witty for Hever sinking a great putt. All square. Off to the 19th. After playing safe to the left and playing a good chip, Anne Payne took the win. First match to Broke Hill. The second match went to Hever 2&1. This was closely followed by a good win in match 4. 2-1 to Hever. We had to wait a while for match 3 which went to the 18th and a win to Broke Hill. 2-2 in matches. The next win went to Hever, 3-2 with match 6 going to Broke Hill. 3-3 in matches. All down to match 7. Broke Hill were 1up going down the 18th. Carole Barber keeping her head on the final putt for a half. Broke Hill had the 4th win and the Pearson Trophy. Well done and congratulations to Broke Hill in their first championship final.
Thank you to players, caddies, referees Ingrid and Elaine, marshalls, the starter and ball spotters for making it a great day of golf. Thanks also to the spectators and supporters and to Bearsted for hosting the 2015-16 Kent finals.
Good golfing for the rest of the summer.
Kent Pearson Manager Kent Deputy Pearson Manager 17th June 2016.
Pearson Trophy Inter-County Finals Day - 28th July 2016
The Four Counties Finals Day for 2016 was hosted by Surrey at Leatherhead Golf Club.
The morning semi-finals were as follows:
1. Herts v Middx
2. Surrey v Kent
It was a good day for golf. Sunshine, clouds and not much wind. Kent were represented by Broke Hill. It was a first for Broke Hill. And they all looked very keen. A previous Surrey Manager commented that they were the smartest looking team in their navy kit with white and red trim. Along with caddies and supporters, Kent County Captain, Anne Billings, Vice-Captain Ingrid Long and Kent President Elaine Tappin were also there to support the Kent ladies.
Broke Hill were up against Leatherhead for Surrey. This was going to be tough, playing an Inter-County final against a team on their own course. A moment of drama! An extra putter was found in somebody's golf bag. It turned out to belong to Claire, playing No.5 for Kent. Fortunately, when she got to the first green, the putter was returned to her just in time! That could have been interesting! Thanks to caddie, Bernie, for noticing the additional putter in his bag and ensuring it was reunited with Claire.
Leatherhead got off to a good start making full use of the home advantage. Our ladies held their own to start with but were eventually overcome. Leatherhead won 4 matches and the rest were called in. Kent were up and all square in two of the remaining matches. We are very proud of our ladies and hope that they enjoyed their first Inter-County final.
Well done to the Broke Hill team of:
Anne, Anne, Gill, Lisa, Claire, Kahren (captain) and Lynn. You did a great job, representing Kent against strong opposition on their home course. Thanks to you all, your caddies and supporters. And, for staying to support the finalists in the afternoon. Thanks also to Ingrid, Anne and Elaine.
The final was between Surrey and Herts (again!), who only just pipped Middx in the last match on the final green. The afternoon was a bit damp to start but it did not rain for long. Surrey got off to a flying start. Again, taking full advantage of the home course. The first match went to Moor Park for Herts. There followed three quick wins to Surrey. The 2nd match went to a nail-biting 20th hole before being won by Surrey. At the same time, a 5th match was also won. Final result 5-2 to Surrey. Well done to Surrey. Two years in a row.
The presentation followed shortly after. Losing semi-finalists receiving a framed certificate and the finalists receiving their trophies.
Next year, the Inter-County finals will be held at Hever Castle. Surrey have had the trophy too long. Let's bring it back to Kent.
Kent Pearson Trophy Manager
28th July 2016
The Inter County Finals,
held at Harpenden GC, Hertfordshire
on Wednesday 22nd July 2015.
First Semi Final:-
Surrey (The Wisley GC) V Middlesex (Pinner Hill GC)
Kent (Sittingbourne & Milton Regis GC V Hertfordshire (Moor Park GC)
Surrey beat Middlesex and Hertfordshire beat Kent.
Winners of the Pearson Trophy for 2014/15
Surrey (The Wisley)
Good evening ladies
I would just like to advise that the Pearson Trophy Inter-County finals were held today at Leatherhead Golf Club in Surrey.
Sadly, Broke Hill, representing Kent, were up against Leatherhead on their home course. Our ladies put up a strong fight but were beaten on the day. Leatherhead went on to win the trophy 4-2 against Herts, represented by Moor Park. I have attached a report on the day.
I will be sending out the entry form for 2016/17 over the next few days. The Pearson draw will again take place at Bearsted on Monday 3rd October.