The Golf Foundation retained the Chesterfield Trophy after a dramatic drawn match against the Association of Golf Writers, at Worplesdon Golf Club in Surrey, on Monday 21 March.
The elegant trophy was first contested in 1987 and the match serves as a good opportunity for the Golf Foundation to thank the AGW and its members for the press coverage given to national grass roots junior golf over the year, while discussing new initiatives to support our golfers of the future.
Worplesdon Golf Club was in excellent condition with superb greens that presented a challenge to the teams of 10 players, who recorded a 2.5/2.5 scoreline in the sunshine.
At the presentation of the trophy, Golf Foundation Chairman Charles Harrison thanked all the writers present for the positive role they play in highlighting Golf Roots projects. He said: “I’m delighted that the excellent work of the Golf Foundation team in making the game more accessible, changing the perception of golf in schools in urban areas and the vital role of linking more schools to our golf clubs, is being recognised by golf writers.”
Mike Harris, AGW team captain and Editor of ‘Golf Monthly’, said: “The Golf Foundation is all about giving youngsters the opportunity to find a new game which they can enjoy in their years ahead. It was great today to learn more about latest Golf Foundation initiatives and show our support going forwards.”
Highlights of the match included two eagles from AGW captain Mike Harris. A birdie on the last hole from Golf Foundation Trustee Fredrik Lindgren, of the European Tour, allowed he and Foundation East London Golf Activator Daisy Dyer to secure a half against BBC Golf Correspondent Iain Carter and Golf Monthly Deputy Editor Neil Tappin. Daisy, a scratch golfer who started out playing Golf Foundation Tri-Golf in school, was unruffled playing with former European Tour player Lindgren.
Both team captains and all the players thanked Worplesdon for providing an excellent venue and a very friendly reception for both teams on the day.
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