6/8/04 - American visitors go back with the Malvern trophies

From the Malvern Gazette archive, first published Friday 6th Aug 2004.

THE golf tournament, played every two years since 1988, between Chester Valley Golf Club, from Malvern, Pennsylvania, and The Worcestershire commenced with the traditional fourball better ball competition.

The Americans are comfortable with this type of golf as they play this format regularly at home in America. Traditionally, the fourball matches, while highly competitive, are pretty even between the two sides. On the day however, the players from The Worcestershire were in great form and at the end of the first morning's play were leading the Americans by 9 games to 4 ½. Playing in pairs, there were excellent wins for Phil Wynn and John Williams; Mike Tubb and Garnet Scott; Paul Ford and Nigel Teale; Barry Schofield and Nick Smith; Ian Belsham and Mel Stocker; Mark Read and Mike Davis; Richard Lewis and Simon Tinkler; Andy Davies and Trevor Cox; and club captain Ron Richardson and Larry Long. Gary Lynes and Dave Turner halved their game and John Flanagan gained half a point by beating the odd numbered American in the party in a singles match.

Well content after the morning matches on the first day, The Worcestershire players looked forward to the afternoon round of foursomes golf, where players play alternative shots. Foursomes are a format unfamiliar to the Americans and the home side anticipated greatly increasing their 4 ½ point lead in the afternoon games but it was not to be. The Chester Valley players played exceptionally well in the foursomes and ran out the winners by 9 ½ games to 4.

The only Worcestershire players to win in the foursome competition were Trevor Cox and Garnett Scott; Mel Stocker and Dave Turner; Richard Lewis and Mark Read and Phil Wynn and Andy Davis.

At the end of the first day, the scores were 14 games to Chester Valley and 13 games to The Worcestershire.

The second day of singles matches was eagerly anticipated by both sides.

In the singles competition, the Americans were runaway winners by 16 ½ matches to 10 ½. In the singles matches, only Larry Long, Graham Hill, Trevor Cox, Paul Ford, Nick Smith, Graham Lewis, Mark Read, Simon Tinkler and the professional, Richard Lewis, returned to the clubhouse as winners. Alan Gath, Mike Tubb and Mel Stocker halved.

In the men's competition the Americans were victorious by 30 ½ matches to 23 ½ and return to Malvern Pennsylvania with The Malvern Bowl.

Fifteen ladies competed in their singles matches for The Malvern Lady and they too found the American opposition too strong. The American ladies played really well and ran out winners by 10 matches to 5. The ladies who recorded wins for The Worcestershire were the lady captain Jane Tromans, Sandra Schofield, Pauline Belsham, Jill Mico and Jane Quick.

Having watched the adult members of The Worcestershire, both ladies and men, lose both their matches, the junior members from both clubs decided on a fun game with no result to count. The juniors of both clubs enjoyed their game immensely and both performed well.

On the last day of the competition, a dinner dance was held for all participants at the club where Ron Richardson graciously presented Don Kolo, the Chester Valley's men's captain, with The Malvern Bowl and Jane Tromans presented Diane Kolo with The Malvern Lady.

Both trophies will now reside in Malvern, Pennsylvania until members of The Worcestershire have the opportunity of winning them back in 2006.

All the American competitors were impressed with the welcome they had received, the warmth of the friendships that had developed, the excellent state of the course and the sporting and friendly way the competition had been played.

Don Kolo expressed his grateful thanks to the directors, members and staff of The Worcestershire for the excellent facilities that had been provided throughout their stay and the friendship that had been extended to them.

In appreciation of the kindnesses shown to the Americans during their stay, Don Kolo presented The Worcestershire Golf Club with a framed picture autographed by the entire American party.


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