Blackley GC have claimed the 2016 MDGA City Glass Foursomes over Denton GC at Helsby. Blackley staged a staggering comeback that Team Europe couldn’t, to turn around a 5 point deficit after 7holes. Blackley studied Helsby’s SIs and their homework paid off after loading their team with their strongest pairs in the middle and at the back. The first match of the day saw Blackley’s John Williams (10) and Steve Newton (15) five down at one stage against Denton’s Damian Tarvez (5) and Mark Hart (11) before eventually scumming to a 2 down loss. The second match saw Denton pair Garry Botte (5) and Leonard Walker (12) claim another point with a 3 & 1 victory over Blackley’s Mark Greenall (10) and Steve Murray (10). Finally Blackley’s Garry Brown (7) and David Baldwin (12) got a point on the board with a close 2 & 1 victory over Denton’s Joel King (7) and Steve Jenkinson (10) which was closely followed by their fourth pairing Craig Roberts (6) and Billy Radcliffe winning 3 & 2 over Denton’s Ben Pollitt (7) and Geoff Thomas (12) to tie the scores. Alex Hughes (6) and Elliott Morgan (11) then took the lead for Blackley with a 4 & 2 victory over Dave Hughes (11) and David Rowles (8) meaning Blackley required just one more point to win.
Things got really interesting from there in with all spectators congregating around the 15th green watching the matches finishing on 15 and 17. The last two matches were put on the clock as they were nearly three holes behind the match in front. The waiting crowd at 15 got the message that in the sixth match Denton’s Mike Gill (10) and Sam Higginbotham (14) were five up after 10 over Blackley’s Mike Smith (5) and Alan Rigby (12), with Denton’s Leon Hewson (10) and Steve Warrander (15) all square with Blackleys Dan Williams (5) and Matthew Atherton (10) at the same stage. It therefore looked like all would be won and lost on the last match. However amazingly, coming up 15th, the score was relayed to the spectators that in the sixth match Blackley’s Smith and Rigby had fought back and were now only one down. The pair went on to take 15 and the match was now all square on the 16th tee. The heroic fightback was not needed however as the last game concluded on the 15th with Blackley’s Williams and Atherton winning the hole to claim a 4 & 3 victory.
Both teams were blessed with a beautiful autumnal day and a healthy support by both clubs and members of Helsby enviously watching their title change hands
As a club we were pleased and grateful to have been presented with a beautifully engraved silver plate recording our win at Blackburn GC last year which now takes pride of place in our trophy cabinet.