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Golf: Chigwell triumph in Leslie F Wood Team Championship after play-off drama

PUBLISHED: 17:30 06 September 2016

Chigwell celebrate their Leslie F Wood Team Championship win (pic: Essex Golf Union)

Chigwell celebrate their Leslie F Wood Team Championship win (pic: Essex Golf Union)

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Chigwell hold nerve to see off Romford in tense finale

Chigwell golf club won the Leslie F Wood Team Championship for the second time in the last three editions, but needed a play-off to defeat Romford in the final.

The morning foursomes saw Chigwell win three of the five matches, though the biggest was by the final Romford pairing of Rob Stevens and Dean Hazell who beat James Tuohy and Fergus Ahern 4&3.

After lunch, the singles matches saw only two players on each team playing against an opponent they had in the morning foursomes.

Romford evened the scores with the first tie being won 3&2, but from there the scores were even with each club winning alternate games except for match seven which was drawn between Ahern of Chigwell and Romford’s Chris Blakeburgh.

In the ninth match, Dean Hazell recovered from putting two balls into the water on the 16th hole to come back to win the 17th and go one-up, before halving the 18th to give Romford a one-point lead.

But Chigwell were able to force a play-off when, in the final singles match, Sean Wylde held on to his one-hole advantage going down the 18th against Romford’s Steve Kemp.

The play-off was contested between Chigwell’s Adam Martin and Scott Wilding of Romford, both of whom had lost their singles games in the afternoon.

It was decided on the first hole, though, when Martin sank a par putt to hand Chigwell the win


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