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Our Men’s team pulled off an amazing victory in the Harry Brown final, the season-ending climax of the Nottinghamshire Amateur & Professional Golfers’ Alliance. The Alliance consists of 12 fixtures throughout the Winter and Spring, with 236 golfers from 22 Nottinghamshire clubs taking part. Southwell finished in 6th position in the Club Order of Merit league table (which was won by Norwood Park), thanks to some great individual performances. These included victories for Iain McFadyen and James Hogg who picked up the Rufford Cup and Jubilee Bowl respectively. The 6th place finish ensured the team qualified for the Harry Brown final which is played for by the top 8 teams.
Our team for the final was Iain McFadyen & Richard Drinkwater, James Hogg & Keith Hammond and Sam Wright & Steve Todd, all of whom played 36 holes on the day. The morning is a pairs betterball event and all 3 pairs played some brilliant golf with respective scores of 43, 41 and 41 points putting us in a strong position going into the afternoon’s American Greensomes. Richard and Iain again played some fantastic golf and repeated their morning score meaning they shot level par gross over the 2 rounds. The other 2 pairs still needed to deliver however and managed to do so meaning we secured the trophy with a 4 points margin.
This is a great achievement for the club. We do not have the resources of many of our bigger neighbours and definitely not the number of players to choose from. However, the spirit of the team, not to mention the skill has been fantastic all season and the players deserve all the praise which will undoubtedly come their way.
A special thank you to Richard Drinkwater, dubbed “The Colonel” not just for the way he has led the team throughout the season but for the huge efforts he made in encouraging people to play, selecting the strongest teams and arranging tee times. Richard was struggling with his game in the run-up to the final and was questioning whether he should play, not wanting to let the team down. However, his scores over 2 rounds showed he made the right call! Well done also to Steve Todd who made a late rallying call that the team was going to Rufford Park not just to take part but to win – how right he was!!
There has been lots of good natured banter on the Alliance WhatsApp group throughout the year and this undoubtedly helped to build a great team spirit. Well done to everyone who participated – all members will be very proud of you.