PEARSON TROPHY MIDDLESEX
ENFIELD GOLF CLUB
19TH JUNE 2018
Semi - Finals
Grim’s Dyke v Finchley
Ealing v Hendon
Hendon v Finchley
As I turned into Enfield GC at 6:30am I sensed genuine calmness, there was no traffic accident to content with or biblical rain to dodge like previous county finals. The sun was shining and with kind conditions forecast throughout the day my confidence grew for a well-contested county finals.
I was greeted by Enfield ladies captain Cherry Kealy aka Organiser of Extraordinary Measure who had been at the club since 6am triple checking all was in place. I could not have done without her help. Thank you!
Enfield clubhouse was looking immaculate, proudly waiting to welcome our finalists … I must thank the office team for creating the literature, signage, catering tickets, personalised PowerPoint ‘welcome’ in entrance hall and much more. Sincere gratitude to the ladies section, Professional Martin Porter, Hospitality staff, Head Green keeper and team for their exceptional generosity of time and effort to ensure the Middlesex County Finals Day was a huge success.
First to arrive were Hendon in their preppy purple, quickly followed by the vibrant red of Ealing, Finchley’s snazzy turquoise and finally the cool mint green of Grim’s Dyke. An array of colours to further brighten up what was to be a perfect day.
Pearson Chairman, Margaret Northcott was our starter for the morning Semi-Finals, promptly setting off the first match at 8:15am and maintained efficient timekeeping for all 14 matches.
I along with many supporters watched from the club balcony as an impressive number of drives sailed down the fairway.
An early result came in for Finchley’s number 2 player, followed swiftly by 2 more wins for the past county champions, one more win secures their place in the afternoon finals.
Grim’s Dyke answered back with 2 wins in succession, closing the gap and easing the pressure (slightly). We waited, could Grim’s Dyke level up before Finchley reache 4 wins?
Unfortunately they ran out of time, commiserations to Grim’s Dyke who were very gracious and wished their opponents good luck for the afternoon. Finchley were absolutely delighted to get through, adrenalin still pumping as they restored energy levels over lunch.
Meanwhile, Ealing vs Hendon were more mysterious, receiving only 2 match results whilst the other semi finals had concluded. Ealing 1: Hendon 1
Silence in the clubhouse as supporters from both clubs eagerly awaited news, no update from roaming head referee to provide insight as to how the matches were developing. Then 2 messages came in unison, Hendon confirmed a further 2 wins for their 3rd and 4th player.
Mirroring Finchley, Hendon were now close and looking for 1 more win to be in the finals, but the Ealing team are experienced and sturdy they levelled up.
In true Pearson fashion it was going down to the wire.
Enfield’s veranda was packed with players, captains and supporters, we held our breathe, no one dared move as we watched the players line up their putts on the 18th.
It was agonizingly close … Hendon were the victors.
Purple swarmed the 18th green. Ealing red stood proud, they played with gusto and were great competitors.
With the deciding match between Ealing v Hendon concluding later than estimated the afternoon Final was delayed until 2.10pm.
To the delight of the ladies Middlesex County Secretary Jason Mitchell was our afternoon starter. Detecting no nerves from the finalists, just pure determination from 14 competitive players.
We were in for a treat.
The sun continued to shine down as play commenced; again an astounding number of drives boomed and split the middle of the first fairway.
Margaret and myself allowed ourselves to step outside the clubhouse since 6:30am; jumped into a buggy and caught up with Match 1 as they played the 8th.
Hendon looked to be in control on a number of matches, but things can quickly turn around in match play, especially Pearson match play!
Evident a heavily contested finals was unfolding as each match passed the halfway mark with only margins between them, until …
First Result. Finchley: 1
Same player who secured Finchley’s first result in the semi finals was successful once more in her afternoon match.
We parked behind the tricky Par 3 14th and witnessed match status’s change, also a great location to view the 17th & 18th.
The next two winning results came in for Hendon on hole 14 and 18, followed by another on the 17th hole. Finchley 1: Hendon 3.
Rushing back to the clubhouse to update the latest results, from a distance I spied Hendon’s present ladies captain raise her hand on the 18th green, a sure indication of a win. Not knowing that her victory was the 4th for Hendon. They were County Champions!
Matches 5 & 7 were called in.
Commiserations Finchley who forth so gallantly, gaining huge momentum on the back nine to challenge Hendon right to the end.
Thank you team Grim’s Dyke and Ealing for providing great morning semi-finals, I truly appreciate your show of support to our finalist by staying for the Trophy presentation. It is a long day and I was very pleased to see you enjoying wine during and after lunch.
Thank you to Head Referee Thomas Powell for advising players and issuing rulings, Middlesex Golf Chairman Stephanie Beer, County Captain Angela Templeman and Vice President Diana Williams for your support on the day and throughout the season.
Enfield Golf Club is an exceptional venue to host such prestigious events; the ability to stand on the balcony and watch play on the 1st, 13th and 18th is a fantastic experience for spectators.
I would just like to conclude by thanking all four finalists for competing in the true spirit of golf, the atmosphere from dust till dawn was of friendliness and support for one another, I’ve never know such support from club members from beginning to end. It was wonderful to see … a Middlesex family.
Middlesex Pearson Manager