The Friendship Shield is played between four Clubs, Brocton, Beau, Trentham and Walsall. This year the venue was Walsall and we played it on Monday this week.
The format is Stableford scoring. The four Captains go out first (this year Hannah was not available so her place was taken by our Vice-Captain Ethan). There then followed four pairings of 2 players with CONGU handicaps from each club, playing a Better-Ball Stableford. The Team consists of 11 players overall including 2 juniors with Club handicaps who play 9 holes.
The original idea of this event was to give those juniors who do not necessarily get a regular 1st Team place the opportunity to play the other Courses and meet other juniors. There is a meal following the golf.
This year we had at least eight players with CONGU handicaps who were not available. The outcome of this was that three of our juniors who have Club Handicaps and play from our Red Tees needed to play from the White Tees!! Their handicaps were reduced to 28 and then the allowance was 90%.
Shall I tell you everyone how proud I was that David Haenelt, Kerr Dollochin and Jay Atkin took up this challenge with relish. Our two 9-hole juniors, Charley Mears and Daniel Kirsch, who also play from our Red Tees, moved back to play from the Yellow Tees. Very well done gentlemen.
Those of you who know Walsall Golf Course will probably not be surprised that it was wet and muddy. So you can imagine that the balls were not going very far.
So a huge, proud, thank you not only to these guys but to Ethan, Alfie (White), Tom Andrews, Edan Dollochin, Bethan Ashley-Brown, and Max Hunter for battling it out.
Also of course to those parents who made sure that the juniors arrived at Walsall, plus to Nicki Bowen and Paul Andrews for going ‘round the Course with the players.
And No - we didn’t win but it was certainly “character building” and I am exceedingly proud of our Team and all our Junior Members. Thanks everyone.
Christine October 29th 2019