Despite the unfavourable weather forecast a good number of spectators came to Royal Winchester to enjoy what promised to be an exciting final between the holder, Kerry Smith, and last year’s runner up, Georgie Mundy.
After the first two holes were halved in pars, Kerry moved ahead by winning the third hole. After another halved hole Georgie won the fifth to get back to all square. The next two holes changed hands until Kerry won the ninth to turn 2 up. After losing the tenth Kerry then had a fine run of two pars and a birdie to move to 4up with 5 to play. If we thought that the end was near we were proved wrong as Georgie staged a comeback with a fine run of two pars and a birdie to fight back to 1 down with 2 to play. So we came to the 17th and both players had par putts. Kerry putted first and holed a fine putt but unfortunately Georgie just missed, and Kerry won the match 2&1 to retain the title.
Thanks go to both Kerry and Georgie for giving us such a fine exhibition of golf which was enjoyed by all the spectators despite the very cold and windy conditions, and also to Royal Winchester for the use of their course and their hospitality.