Sheffield Unionof Golf Clubs
Due to the popularity of the knock-out foursomes event, The Salver was specially commissioned this year and was open to all the clubs who were first round losers in the main knock-out championship proper. Enjoyed by all who participated, this annual competition has been likened by some to football’s Europa Cup where teams who have been defeated in the first stage of The Champions League are subsequently invited to play.
Owston Hall managed to negotiate their way through the first and second rounds against Dore and Totley and Crookhill Park before booking their place in the final at Lindrick with a win over Hallamshire GC in the semis.
Bondhay came through the earlier rounds against Chesterfield and Abbeydale and overcame newcomers to the Sheffield Union, Waterfront GC from Wath-upon-Dearne in their semi-final.
In the first of three very close matches in the final, the two teams finished all square after 18 holes with the Owston pairing of Barry Staniforth and Anthony Haines fighting back from two holes down with two to play against Martin Skinner and Andy Marples. So it was into sudden death for these players and Staniforth and Haines managed to make it three holes won in a row to take the match at the 19th.
Matthew Lowes Vice Captain receiving the Salver for President Designate, Graham Needham
In match number two, Bondhay’s Andy Tingay and Arthur Mellars got the better of Steven Parker and Matthew Lowes by 2&1 to make the championship score one match each with one to play.
In the decisive final match, Owston Hall’s Bryan Chapman and Paul Wilson defeated veteran player Steve Cammack and his partner Peter Jackson from Bondhay by 3&1(pictured below with Ian Clarke, who refereed the match) for a famous victory in this, the first SUGC Salver event
For further details of the final and all the matches played in this year’s knock-out foursomes salver competition, please go to the Championship section of our website.