Middlesex Golf

Day Two of the County Championships

The men set off for Round 1 of the match play on a cold and wet morning but again the wind never got up. Medallist, Niall Keogh, met Danial Parsons in the first match and it was a tight affair all day with the back to back Gowland Salver winner eventually coming out on top with a narrow 1up victory. Defending champion, Jack Neill, found himself 1 down to James Ellis on the 18th. Both players found the green in regulation but the slick greens caught Jack out as he 3-putted his downhill attempt for birdie to hand James the match 2up. Justin Phelps and Alex Persaud were A/S going to down 18 and again both players for the green in regulation. Alex holed his slippery 12ft putt only for Justin to follow him and to tie the hole in birdie threes. Alex went on to beat Justin on the 19th. 

The women got their qualification under way at 9am, announced on the tee by Northwood GC's lady captain. Youth was the common thread as twelve of the sixteen competitors were under 25 and all products of, County President, Di William's Blue Birdies. Albeit wet, the scoring conditions were ideal. Julie Kerrigan and defending champion Priyanka Parmar both carded 76's to book their place in the semi-finals with Gemma Allman (80). The last spot had to be decided by a play-off between Laura Bonar and Nicola Simons. Two superb shots into 20ft was all Laura needed after Nicola found the bunker off the tee and was always on the back foot.

The women's qualifying scores can be seen HERE and the match-play draw can be seen HERE. Priya Pankhania won the Tippy Trophy with a nett score of 74 and Julia Kerrigan won the Kenilworth Cup on a count back with a superb back nine of -2. 

In the quarter-finals of the men's championship in the afternoon James Ellis played fine golf to win his match 5&4 against Mitchell Hollis. He will play Niall Keogh who had to go the 18th once again to decide his match. His opponent, Robbie Johnson, found a terrible lie in the greenside bunker and took two to get out, so it was Niall who once again came out on top. Gary Clark and Alex Persaud went to extra holes to decide their match and it was Clark who booked his spot in the semi-finals in emphatic style after firing a wedge to 2ft on the 19th and tapping in for birdie. Clark will meet Ross Dickson who had a comfortable 3&2 victory against Ben Davies. 

The men's qualifying scores can be seen HERE and the match-play draw can be seen HERE.



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