A battling morning of foursomes at Men’s County Finals at Trevose saw Hampshire edge 2-1 ahead of Northumberland, while Staffordshire and Somerset shared the points.
There was one runaway score, when Staffordshire’s Jack Gaunt and Ryan Brooks eased to a 6/5 win with sub-par golf. But for the most part, the games were very close, particularly over the front nine.
Hampshire and Northumberland were all square after nine holes in all three of their games before the southerners broke away.
Hampshire captain Martin Young and Matt Wilcox (pictured) broke the deadlock in their game with a blistering finish of three consecutive birdies from the 13th which took them to a 4/3 win.
Northumberland’s Phil Ridden and Andy Minnikin levelled the score when they squeezed a 2/1 win out of a tight, see-sawing battle with Hampshire’s Billy McKenzie and Tom Robson, helped by well-timed birdies on 13 and 15.
But the foursomes went Hampshire’s way when Ryan Harper and Colin Roope birdied 15 to get ahead in their game for the first time and then birdied 17 to win 2/1.
Staffordshire quickly put their first point on the board after Engkand international Jack Gaunt and Ryan Brooks played superbly, covering 13 holes in four-under par.
Excellent golf was also the hallmark of the halved game between Staffordshire’s Gian-Marco Petrozzi and Lewis Pearce and Hampshire’s Josh Hilleard and Jamie Clare. Petrozzi and Hilleard are both England team-mates.
Staffordshire began a remarkable run when they holed from 90ft for eagle on the 4th and followed up with two birdies – but they left the 6th green only 1up. After eight holes they were all square and the next two holes were halved in birdie. Staffs got ahead with their own birdie on 12 and stayed ahead until the 18th, where Somerset’s pair won the hole to halve the game.
Somerset continued the fighting performance in the final game, thanks to Thomas Plumb and Tom Sloman, who birdied 16 and won 18 to finish 2up.
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