Middlesex Golf

Northwood wins Frank Rowse Trophy

Hendon played host to the 2017 Frank Rowse Final between Northwood and Crews Hill.

It was Northwood that triumphed in what was a closely contested fixture.

The morning foursomes was dominated by Crews Hill. Danny Brillis and Ross McCarthy secured the first point, defeating Tony Lee and Neil Haynes 3&1. In match 2, Northwood responded through Justin Phelps and Robbie Johnson with a 2 up victory over Paul Swindells and Rich Tomlin.

Match 3 was close for the most part, but a late rally from Crews Hill's Dan Crouch and Chris Bell saw them defeat a strong Northwood pairing in Nick Lines and Sean Maxwell. The final game was a one-way affair, Ross Dickson and Tom Griffin controlling the match from start to finish and eventually recording a 4&3 victory over Gary Nash and Andy Hills.

Having led 3-1 at lunch in last year's final, but eventually losing, Northwood knew all too well that this match was far from over. First out in the singles was the in-form Tony Lee against Crews Hill's substitute, Harry Hardy. The match ebbed and flowed and either player could have won, but the match was eventually halved. In the second match, Sean Maxwell got the first full point to Northwood, defeating Danny Brillis 3&2. Another Northwood point came shortly afterwards as Middlesex Senior player, Andy Hill, notched up a 3&2 win over Paul Swindells.

Match number 4 was the clash of the big guns, County Champion and Order of Merit winner, Justin Phelps, took on fellow Middlesex 1st Team member, Ross Dickson. As expected, the match was competitive, both players lead on numerous occasions but it was Crews Hill's Ross Dickson that took a 1 up lead going down the 18th. However, some struggles around the green allowed Phelps to snatch a crucial halve at a pivotal point in the overall game.

Crews Hill found themselves under intense pressure but their captain, Dan Crouch, was able to relieve some of it with a comfortable 4&2 victory over Robbie Johnson. However, it was short-lived as his counterpart for Northwood, Nick Lines, would also put in a captains performance and, in doing so, pull off an upset by defeating the talented Ross McCarthy 2&1.

The game hinged on the final two matches and it was match number 8 that finished first, with Northwood's Gary Nash closing out Chris Bell 2&1 in what was a hard-fought game. In the final match on the course, Neil Haynes was looking to seal the win for Northwood and he was in perfect position to do so, heading up the last 1 up against Crews Hill stalwart, Tom Griffin. Griffin was in the bunker off the tee, and having found the fairway, the game was Haynes' to lose, but lose he would not. A comfortable par was enough to seal the victory for Northwood and avenge last year's disappointment at the same stage.

Thanks go to Hendon G C for hosting the event and presenting the course in excellent condition.


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