The first team started the season disappointingly, losing 8.5-3.5 after facing against a very strong BB&O team. The team compromised of Justin Phelps, Danial Parsons, Kane Stone, Joe Smith, Niall Keogh, Rhodri Harston, Tom Nagle and Ross Dickson.
Our foursomes pairings faced very strong opponents. Justin Phelps and Danial Parsons together battled all the way but couldn't maintain their form coming into the last few holes losing 2&1. Kane Stone and Joe Smith were defeated 6&4 and Tom Nagle and Ross Dickson lost 5&4 to excellent BB&O golf. Niall Keogh and Rhodri Harston came from behind to win 1 up on the last hole. It gave Middlesex some hope going into the singles and knowing our the strength of our opponents, we knew we had to be on top form in the singles.
Despite our hopes, BB&O continued to play golf with formidable form. Middlesex got two and a half points from a possible four in the first four games, maintaining hope of a result. Justin Phelps led the team into the singles with an excellent win of 3&1. Danial Parsons couldn't beat his opponent losing 5&4, but Ross Dickson excellently came through his match winning 5&4, with Kane Stone getting a half in his match that could of gone either way. With four singles still on the course, Middlesex were only one point behind, but the strength in depth and excellent golf BB&O played all day continued. Joe Smith was defeated 5&4, followed by Kane Stone losing 2&1. Niall Keogh lost 7&6 and Rhodri Harston lost 1 down.
A disappointing defeat to start the year but we give credit to BB&O for the excellent golf they played.
Full result sheet available here