GOLF: Management team claim Ryder Cup at Tydd St Giles

Neil John (left) and Daniel Newell
Neil John (left) and Daniel Newell
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Tydd St Giles Golf & Country Club hosted their second Captain v Management Ryder Cup.

A total of 28 players competed in near-perfect autumnal conditions with some fantastic golf.

A fierce, friendly rivalry has developed between manager Daniel Newell and captain Neil John since the first Ryder Cup last year.

The day began with nine holes of pairs foresomes matchplay meaning that, in this alternate shot format, players needed to find their swing quickly.

The captain’s team took the session 4½-2½ as they looked to retain the trophy.

Winning pairs for the captain’s team were Paul Brown & Ben Harrington (3&1), Martyn & James Hale-Smith (2&1) and Giles Stearne & Mark Johnson (3&2).

Tom Carnihan & Duncan Connabeer (2&1) won for the management team and three matches were halved.

In the afternoon, 18 holes singles matchplay was the format with the management team looking to bounce back.

A good start was needed and Newell led by example, beating John 3&2 in the first match.

Mark Whittaker levelled things by beating Milenko Gostic 4&3.

Plenty of great golf was played all afternoon with some big wins for Stearne over Paul Jackson (5&4) and Connabeer over Keith Jakings (6&4).

In a tense finish, the destiny of the cup was finely in the balance – the score locked at 9½-9½ with two matches to finish.

Victory was sealed for the management team at 11½-9½ with Derek Wroe beating Alfie Cooper (2&1) and Andy Betts beating Gino Ciuffini with some stunning golf (6&5).


Division One: 1 ocb David Abram 90-17=73, 2 Tom Jolly 87-14=73, 3 Ken Parker 87-13=74.

Division Two: 1 Steve Wing 88-22=66, 2 Bob Mann 90-19=71, 3 Albert Haxell 90-18=72.

Division Three: 1 Denis Wilson 92-24=68, 2 Ronald Clines 96-25=71, 3 Trevor Hunt 97-25=72.