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Bucks Shield Finals' Day 2011

Woburn Golf Club

Friday 30th September 2011

Woburn Team and Supporters
Woburn team members and supporters

The Bucks Shield Finals' Day was played on Friday 30th September on the Dukes Course at Woburn Golf Club. There was some superb golf played throughout the day, in very hot and sunny weather.

The first semi-final to finish was between Woburn and Datchet. The Home side took the honours but very well done to Dachet on reaching the Finals' Day, a great effort for a club with a small Ladies section.

The other semi-final between Buckingham and Burnham Beeches finished in dramatic circumstances. With the match situation at 3 games all, the final match went to the 20th hole. Well done to Margot Sharp, the Buckingham Lady Captain, for coming from behind to take the match into extra holes, and then to sink a long putt to take Buckingham into the final. Commiserations to Burnham Beeches who were the unfortunate losers of a very hard-fought match.

Datchet team and supporters

The losing semi-finalists:- Datchet (above) and Burnham Beeches (below)

Burnham Beeches team and supporters

The final was therefore between the two northern clubs, Buckingham and Woburn. Again there were some extremely close matches, with an incredibly nail-biting end to the match. With the match score at two games all, matches 1 and 2 had gone into extra holes. The first match was eventually won by Woburn on the 21st hole with a birdie. The second match also went to Woburn on 19th hole to take the title. With the 7th match having gone to all square after 17th hole the match could not have been closer.

Hard luck to Buckingham but well done to all their players for taking the match to the wire, a great performance considering Woburn were playing on one of their home courses.  The victory meant that Woburn have now won the Bucks Shield for the third year in a row, a feat done three times before in the history of the competition:- by Burnham Beeches in 1972-1974 and by Denham twice, in 1996-1998 and 2001-2003.

Buckingham team and supporters
The Buckingham team and supporters

The full results of the 2011 Bucks Shield can be found in the "Competitions - Knockouts" section.