|Taylor Rowland, Troy Riley, Jack Dart (captain), Stanley White
George Furneaux and Noah Mulligan. Absent from picture - Thomas Yeo
Near perfect conditions awaited the DevonGolf Under 14s in their latest match against Dorset at Honiton Golf Club in the Jack Roberts League. The team were pumped and excited to put on their county kits and step up to the challenge of playing a team that, on paper, would be a tricky side to beat as combined handicaps for Dorset was 68 and Devon's was 104. Devon got off to a cracking start with Jack Dart (6 - Churston) and George Furneaux (16 - Churston) leading their match most of the way. They were 2 up with 2 to play but were beaten on the the last hole with a good putt from Dorset to halve the match. With a ½ point registered, people were gathering to watch the second foursomes group come in and a solid performance from the duo of Stan White (10 - Saunton) and Troy Riley (15 - Torquay) resulted in a win with 2 up. Noah Mulligan (8 - Thurlestone) and rookie Charlie Ashbee (19 - Boringdon Park) made it to the last despite being 1 down. However, with a strong performance they just missed out on the last to lose 2 down. Taylor Rowland (16 - Torquay) with Thomas Yeo (15 - Portmore) couldn't quite keep the pace with their opponents also losing 3-1. Smiling hungry faces headed to the club house for some lunch sitting at a respectable 1½-2½.
The team were keen to get back out in the singles and all got off to a great start in their 18 hole match play competitions. Everyone was focused and we soon started to take the lead in a few matches and, with a threat of a shower that never materialised, everyone kept pushing on. Jack Dart (Captain) led the field playing a good player from Dorset who played off 5, but Jack seemed to be more composed with a confident flair which served him well as he came in 3-2, levelling the match. Noah Mulligan won the first hole against an in-form Jenson Bull from Dorset who won their County Championships for U14s the day before. Noah lost the next and didn't manage to creep his nose ahead again until the final hole where his good form ensured a win 1 up. Stanley White had an excellent round at one point being 6 up and kept going to win his match 3-2. At this point Devon had reached 4½ points and were leading by 2 points. However, despite much hard work and all trying very hard with good spirits, we didn't manage to win any more singles matches and ultimately ended up losing 7½ to 4½.
Honiton Golf Club looked after us well and the two teams had an excellent 2 course meal after the last match came in with great speeches from both Team Captains.
U14s' Team Manager