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County Week Report 2014


Northampton Golf Club, Harlestone, Northants.

Monday to Friday, 23rd - 27th June 2014

County Week Winners 2014 
The winning team at County Week with the coveted trophy

County Week 2014 for the Midlands South Region was held at Northampton Golf Club, Harlestone from 23rd to 27th June. The six counties in the Region played each of the other five counties from the Monday to Friday - three foursomes matches in the morning, followed by six singles matches in the afternoon.

The first match on Monday was against the hosts, Northants. The Bucks team were disappointed to lose the match 2½ - 6½ but they quickly found their form to beat last year's winners, Warwickshire on Tuesday, 6 - 3. A win on Wednesday against Oxfordshire put the Bucks team in second place in the table, with the team now growing in confidence.

Thursday's match was a head-to-head against table leaders Worcestershire & Herefordshire. A 5-4 victory gave the team a real chance of winning the event, going into the final day's play. Friday's match against Berkshire was a tight affair, with the added drama of a continual threat of disruption through bad weather.

After a thunder storm and torrential rain, a dramatic final hour of play gave Bucks the victory they needed to become the Midlands South Regional representatives in the County Week Finals. This will be held in the East Midlands at Belton Park Golf Club, near Grantham, Lincolnshire, from 15th to 19th September.

Thanks go to:
- All the team for the great effort they put into preparing for the week and the tremendous play from such a young team
- All the parents for their support
- The two House Mothers, Cathy Armstrong and Helen Mines who also acted as caddie master
- All the caddies – special thanks to Woburn members who supplied two caddies each day
- Past President Carol Ritchie and Past Captain Sue Lee for their multiple appearances
- All the supporters who gave up their time to attend – the sea of red could be seen from afar

Additional thanks go to our sponsors, Your Golf Travel, whose support assisted with clothing and accommodation costs.


MONDAY: First Day County Week Results

The first day of County Week began on a glorious sunny day and sun hats and sun cream were the order of the day. The Bucks team were up against the host county, Northants. Despite playing some great golf, the morning foursomes left Bucks trailing by ½ - 2½.

The Northants team were equally as dominant in the afternoon singles, winning four of the six matches to give them victory by 6½ - 2½. Well done to Shamiso Hatchard (Woburn) who had a commanding win against the current Northants County Champion. With two of our matches still to complete, a thunder storm brought a suspension to play. On resumption Alice Kozlowski (Ellesborough) fought hard to win her match on the eighteenth.

The other two later matches were more affected by the storm and play continued through into the evening. The results were:

- Worcs/Herford beat Berkshire (5 - 4)
- Oxfordshire beat Warwickshire (6 - 3)

TUESDAY: Great Second Day Win for Bucks

The second day of County Week saw the Bucks team bounce back from their defeat on the first day to beat Warwickshire, last year's winners of the Midlands South Region County Week, 6 - 3.

A strong performance in the morning foursomes gave Bucks a 2 - 1 lead at lunch-time. Charlotte Nutt (Beaconsfield) led out the singles matches and had an emphatic 4 & 3 win against the 2014 Warwickshire County Champion. Clara Leathers (Ellesborough) had a similar victory and was followed by Charlotte West (Harewood Downs / Beaconsfield) winning her match 3 & 2.

Victoria Bryan (Lambourne) showed tremendous spirit to fight back from being 5 down, taking the match to the 16th hole. Megan Dennis (Woburn) played some fantastic golf, taking her game to the 18th, narrowly losing her match on the last putt. Shamiso Hatchard (Woburn) chalked up her third win of the week by coming from behind, to win on the 18th, having had a birdie at the tricky 17th hole to go 1 up going into the last.

Both the other matches were drawn:-

Worcestershire & Herefordshire 4½ - 4½ Oxfordshire
Northamptonshire 4½ - 4½ Berkshire

WEDNESDAY: Repeat Performance on Day Three

Another great performance by the Bucks team on Day 3 of County Week.

The opponents for the day were Oxfordshire. There were comfortable victories for Bucks in the first two foursomes matches. The third match was a much closer affair, losing on the 18th. And so it was 2-1in our favour at the end of the foursomes.

Megan Dennis (Woburn) had a resounding victory, 6 - 5 in the singles. The other five games were much closer. Charlotte West (Beaconsfield / Harewood Downs) had a great birdie on the last hole to secure her point. The lead kept changing in Chloe Li's (Woburn) match but a birdie on the 17th secured her first point for Bucks in County Week singles. Charlotte Nutt's form continued to impress and she won her match on the 18th.

In the other two games:-
Warwickshire beat Berkshire (5 - 4)
Worcester & Hereford beat Northants (6 - 3).

With two days to go, Worcestershire & Hereford top the table with 2½ points and Bucks lie in second place with 2 points - these two teams go head to head in tomorrow's matches!

THURSDAY: Bucks Go into the Lead

Day four was a tremendous day for Bucks at County Week. With victory against Worcestershire & Herefordshire the team went into the lead with one day to go. From an almost impossible position the morning foursomes matches turned almost inevitable defeat into a 2½ -½ lead. With one match at 5 down and another 3 down, the players battled hard to earn the commanding lead at lunch-time.

All the afternoon singles were close matches, except for the fifth match which saw Chloe Li (Woburn) have a convincing 4-3 win. Beth Scott (Stoke Park) gained her first County Week singles win, and with Charlotte West (Beaconsfield/ Harewood Downs) halving her match, Bucks beat Worcestershire & Herefordshire to go to the top of the table.

In the other matches on Thursday:

Northants beat Warwickshire (8 -1)
Berkshire beat Oxfordshire (5 - 4)

Victory tomorrow for Bucks will mean that they will represent the Midlands South Region in the County Finals.


Friday’s fifth and final day was a thrilling climax to this year’s County Week, with the weather playing its part in the drama of the day. The conditions of the course had changed as a result of heavy overnight rain. The last of the morning games were completed in more rain, but worse was to come in the afternoon.

Just as the first two county singles matches were concluded the klaxon sounded, resulting in a suspension of play. The thunderstorm and torrential rain halted play for almost an hour. When the six Bucks v Berks matches resumed the position was clear. Bucks must come away with a Win, a Halved match with Berks would not be enough - Northants had won their match and would have the same number of points as Bucks, but would win on count-back.

The morning foursomes had given Berks a 2 - 1 advantage and so four of the six singles matches had to be won for Bucks to take the title. Clara Leathers (Ellesborough) in her eleventh County Week had lead out the team and produced the first point with a 3 & 2 win. This was followed by a half point from Megan Dennis (Woburn) who battled hard to halve her match. Victoria Bryan (Lambourne) had a great 3 & 2 victory, which meant that Bucks needed one and a half more points to secure victory.

Next to finish was Denise Goodacre (Lambourne) who lost her match, having had the misfortune to play the star of the Berks team who had won all but one of her matches during the week. Meanwhile Shamiso Hatchard (Woburn) continued her great form and had a 5& 4 win.

One more match still on the course and half a point still required!

At the suspension in play Charlotte Nutt (Beaconsfield) was 1 down. The break came at just the right time – Charlotte by her own admission, re-grouped and resumed play feeling much better about her game. After watching the excitement of the conclusion of the earlier matches, the army of red were relieved to hear that coming down the 15th Charlotte had turned her deficit into a lead, and went to the 16th leading 3 Up – thus Charlotte had secured at least the half point. She then hit a tremendous tee shot on the panoramic par 3 to two foot from the pin – finishing the hole was a mere formality, her 3 & 2 win gaining rapturous applause from the Bucks supporters.

Well done to County Captain, Karen Platt for masterminding the whole week and for leading her team to victory.

Details of the county squad and the full results of all the individual matches can be found in the "County Week 2014" section.

As regional winners the Bucks team will now represent the Midlands South Region in the County Finals, which are being held in the East Midlands at Belton Park Golf Club, near Grantham, Lincolnshire, from 15th to 19th September.


Immediately after the trophy presentation at County Week County Captain, Karen Platt was pleased to announce that two of the squad had gained their County Colours:-
Shamiso Hatchard (Woburn) and Charlotte Nutt (Beaconsfield).