Evesham claim the Handicap plaudits

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: Evesham’s Worcestershire Handicap League-winning team celebrate.

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: Evesham’s Worcestershire Handicap League-winning team celebrate.

First published in Sport

EVESHAM won the Worcestershire Handicap League in dramatic style at the first attempt.

They beat Ombersley in the final following a sudden death extra hole play-off.

Tony Smith and Ian Hughes lost 4&3 and Trevor Woodward and Russ Leeming lost 3&2 to leave the Fladburybased club reeling.

But Anthony Rock and Ben Thompson won 3&2 and Kevin Stewart and Peter Wragg 5&4 to leave the match tied with two games left. Merv Nedic and George Parker won the last hole to snatch a half before captain Colin Cleary and Gavin Griffiths fought back from three down to also halve, drawing the match at 3-3.

The players from match six had to play a sudden death play-off from the first hole.

Ombersley found the fairway bunker but Woodward’s poor drive left him with a long second shot to the narrow green.

Evesham claim the Handicap plaudits GOLF SPORT IN BRIEF EMAIL YOUR REPORTS TO: SPORT@EVESHAMJOURNAL.CO.UK However, 16-handicapper Leeming boomed a colossal drive down the centre of the fairway, leaving him with a short wedge shot to the green.

Ombersley found the green but some 18 feet to the left of the flag. Leeming’s 60-yarder was not his best-struck shot but the ball bounced up and hit the flag, finishing inches from the hole for a guaranteed birdie three.

Ombersley tried to match that score to keep the game alive but their putt missed the hole, leaving Evesham champions. The presentation of the trophies was made by the league secretary Dave Thompson and Cleary thanked all his players.

Meanwhile, Patsy Brumage and Jackie Edmunds celebrated success in Evesham ladies’ section.

Brumage won the past and present captains’ trophy, beating Lesley Kewley into second place on a count-back from Joan Hunt.

Meanwhile, Edmunds claimed the club’s seniors trophy with Enid Walker as the runner-up.

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