The overnight rain, which had been forecast, turned into torrential showers as the players, caddies and spectators gathered by the first tee of Hever Castle Golf Club in Kent for the culmination of this season’s Pearson Inter-County Finals’ day. Hertfordshire had the honour v Surrey in the first match to be followed by Middlesex v Kent.
The Ladies’ Captain of Hever Castle GC, Paula Stack, called forward the first two players representing Hertfordshire and Surrey, together with their caddies, to give them a pre-match briefing before announcing their match at 8.30am, followed eight minutes later by the next match of Middlesex v Kent.
The rain abated for a while, but was followed by more heavy downfalls.
After nine holes, Surrey was up narrowly in three of five matches and all square in two. Kent was up in four with Middlesex up in three. As the morning drew on, Surrey came in with three wins, but a battle ensued in the second match which went to the 18th green before Paula Rands for Hertfordshire was narrowly beaten. The remaining three matches were called in one of which had been 2 up to Hertfordshire.
Meanwhile, there was great excitement in one of the Middlesex v Kent semi-finals with Julia Male from Hampstead representing Middlesex spectacularly winning her match 6/4 on the 14th hole par 3 with a hole in one! Middlesex and Kent went on to each win 3 matches followed by a nail biting fifteen minutes before the final match came in with a win to Kent.
A quick turn around and lunch for the later players before the afternoon Final which began at 2.00pm. Surrey had won the honour. There was a dramatic improvement in the weather for the afternoon.
After nine holes, Surrey was up in four of their matches. Match 5 came in with the first win to Surrey of 4/3. This was followed by a win to Kent in match 1 on the 18th. Match 2 was decided on the 19th with another win to Kent. Kent’s third win in Match 3 followed on the 18th. 3/1 to Kent. Match 4 also reached the 18th, but resulted in a win to Surrey. 3/2 to Kent.
Spectators gathered around the 18th green to watch match 6 approaching. The players were having difficulty with their putts and eventually, after appearing to halve the hole, left the green to head off to the 19th. This was proving to be an extremely gripping finish between Surrey and Kent. Almost simultaneously a radio message was received to say Match 7 had been won by Kent making them winners of this year’s Inter-County Pearson Trophy Final. Well done, Redlibbets who were representing their county for the first time.
Our Hertfordshire Pearson Trophy winning team from Arkley, whose club last played in a Pearson Trophy semi-final in the 1980s, are to be congratulated on their performance in this year’s Inter-County Semi-Finals. One of their matches went to the 18th with three matches called in, one of which was 2up. They were very disappointed to have lost, having put up a brave and spirited fight, but proud to have represented Hertfordshire and were a credit to the County.
Paula Rands and Mary Vyse, Joint Pearson Captains for Arkley receiving the losing Semi-Finalist certificate
from Margaret Northcott, Chairman of the Pearson Inter-County Management Committee
Congratulations to Kent represented by Redlibbets on winning this year’s Pearson Trophy Final.
The Pearson Trophy was presented by Margaret Northcott,
to Karen White, Pearson Captain for Redlibbets.
Pearson Trophy Hertfordshire