Hampshire – buoyed up by a video good luck message from Justin Rose – took an early advantage over Cornwall on the opening day of the Men’s County Championship.
In the video Rose told the team: “Go out and give it 100%, I am sure you will wear the badge well.”
He remembered playing in Hampshire’s winning team at the 1996 County Finals – their only victory so far – and said: “I have fond memories of my time playing for the county and winning that time for Hampshire was a big deal.”
The players responded by beating Cornwall 2-1 win in the morning foursomes at Sandwell Park Golf Club, Staffordshire. Tom Robson and Mark Burgess got up quickly in their game and finished 4/3, while George Saunders and Billy McKenzie came through a tight game to win 2/1.
The championship is being contested by the representatives of the four England Golf men’s regions. In the day’s other match Yorkshire beat Warwickshire in all three fouromes.
Will Whiteoak and Ben Hutchinson were first in, working their way steadily to their 5/3 win. English champion Dan Brown chipped in on 17 to win 2/1 and stop a fightback by Warwickshire. Brown and partner Steve Robins (image © Leaderboard Photography) were four up after nine holes, but Matt Cryer and Ian Winstanley had grabbed the momentum over the inward half and after a birdie on 16 were only one behind.
In the final game Bailey Gill and Kealan Lowe came back from a shaky start to win 3/1.
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