Devon men set record by reaching all three county finals

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If anyone thought that Devon was a golfing backwater they should think again after the county reached the finals of all three mens' county championships, the boys, men’s and seniors.

That is the first time this has happened and is therefore an England Golf record and no small achievement for a county with just 46 clubs.

 “To get to three men county finals in the same year is quite an achievement,” says Devon county secretary John Hirst. “This represents sterling work by all the team managers to get their sides to such a pitch.

“This is the peak because the county team can’t go any further. It is their pinnacle and is really a great team effort. It is also about having the right players at the right time.

“Getting to three finals also represents a huge effort that goes on behind the scenes with volunteers.

We’ve also had a tremendous input of youngsters, several of whom are at college in America and therefore missed their final. But other counties are affected in this way.

“To make three finals in the same year can hit a county financially. But, fortunately, we have money put aside for such events while we have also had help from England Golf.”

Their boys came through the boys regional qualifying at Weston-super-Mare, the men at Dudsbury and the seniors at East Devon.

Devon has been to the last three boys’ county finals, at Luffenham Heath, Cotswold Hills and Kedleston Park. The men won their county championship at Formby in 2003 and were finalists again at Worksop in the following year and at St Enodoc in 2005, while the seniors also made three successive appearances, at Torksey in 2006, Rotherham in 2007 and in 2008 at Trentham.