Woodford cut down rivals for Forest Cup
PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 September 2015
Golfers lift title for 13th time
Woodford Golf Club won the hotly-contested Forest Cup for the 13th time on Saturday as home turf proved a decided advantage, as it did last year at Theydon Bois.
The eight-strong Woodford team of mid-handicappers amassed a combined total of 290 stableford points to pip the runners-up, Royal Epping by 32 points.
Theydon Bois were third on 249, followed by Chingford (233) and the Guildhall Golf Society (186).
Woodford last won in 2011 and this was the 42nd event between teams who play on City of London land in Epping Forest.
The format sees golfers play a greensome foursomes over nine holes in the morning followed by 18-hole singles with stableford scoring in the afternoon.
Teams are selected from players with handicaps between 13 and 20 and in the singles play, only the best six scores from each team count.
Woodford narrowly led Royal Epping after the morning session and team captain Nick Rowe felt that if his six best players could each manage 32 points in the singles event, they would win. The team comfortably beat that mark.
But one of the highlights came in the greensome foursomes at the 405-yard Gravel Pits eighth hole when long-hitting Simon Ironside put his drive on to the ninth tee, around 100 yards from the green.
Ironside’s partner then hit the ball into the adjacent pond and, despite entreaties to lift the ball out of shallow water and drop a stroke, Ironside got his right foot wet and smashed the ball out of the water and on to the green.
In the last group out, Stephen Bland, the club secretary, notched an eagle two on the 288-yard 16th hole, known as Punch Bowl, to effectively put the icing on Woodford’s cake.
The 2016 competition will be hosted by Chingford.
*The Woodford Golf Club from Queensland, Australia got the better of their London rivals in their international golf Test.
Since the fixture was first played, the Australians, who play on a rural 18-hole course inland in Queensland, have won all three meetings, with the best 11 net scores by players in designated medals collated.
Woodford Australia 759 (S Dummett 65; J Mitchell 67; I Britten, I Thomsen, G Faulkner 69; R Frew, G Higgins, R McDonald, G Teale, G Bond, V Klaus 70) Woodford England 796 (T Chisholm, M Rowley, M Deeming 67; T Olley 70; A Murray 71; P Verney 74; M Smith 75; Z Alsanjak, N Rowe, A Steed 76; T Steed 77).
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