MAGNIFICENT NOTTS WIN THE MIDLAND QUALIFIER AT CHESTERFIELD
It has been 40 years at least since the men last qualified and despite several close finishes over the years we have not managed to get over the line.
Trevor Ryan, the non-playing County Captain and in his second stint as captain having been successful in the mid 2000’s securing the midland league titles but he himself having never got over the line in this event was somewhat overwhelmed what the lads achieved on the day.
The day got off to the worst possible start for us with Mark Porter (Sherwood Forest) hooking his first tee shot out of bounds which resulted in an opening double bogey 6, however the Sherwood man is made of stern stuff and rallied closing with a very creditable 2 over par 73, next up for us was the recently graduated Jordon Boulton (Notts) who raced to the turn in 4 under par, playing the back nine first, he maintained his position and got the team really going with a 3 under par 68, county champion Darren Kirton (College Pines) continued his recent form with a solid 2 over 73.
Young Cole Betteridge (Sherwood Forest) son of professional Stuart and nephew to former county legend Mark Betteridge, produced a solid 2 over par 73, our 5th man was Adam Dorricott (Chilwell Manor), struggled to find his form but what you have in Adam is golfer of strength and character and a determination to do the best for his county, his 75 was borne out of those qualities. Our 6th man was evergreen and true great Ross Overton, a man who can be totally relied on to produce the best score he possibly can however he is playing, as usual his level par 71 was typical of the pride and passion Ross has always shown in representing his county.
The result left us lying in 2nd place at the halfway stage on +5, trailing Lincolnshire by 5 shots.
This event is a real test of strength and stamina and with all 6 scores count, we felt a good result was on the cards, the lads were playing well and with all to play for in the afternoon. Getting us off again was Mark Porter who played sensational golf for the first 16 holes to stand at 4 under par with 2 holes to play, a dropped tee shot at the 8th hole, his 17th dropped him back to 3 under but a very disappointing triple bogey 8 on his last hole left him distraught, finishing like that when you are only playing for yourself is bad enough but when you playing for your team it compounds your feelings, still a great score of level par and Mark should be hugely proud of his efforts.
Next man in for us was the imperious Jordon Boulton, what a player who produced a one under par 70 to go with his 68, this left him top of the individual scores and a chance to win the Norman Russell Salver, but more importantly projected us in to the lead.
Darren Kirton produced another solid 73 to keep us top of the pile as our closest rivals began to falter a little, the excitement began to build, what a debut for young Cole Betteridge, who despite at times looks like he has just scored a 100, produced a wonderful 1 under par 70, now things were really beginning to look promising, this were only going to get better as Adam Dorricott produced a great level par 71.
With only one man left out on the course for us and only man for Lincolnshire to come in we were holding an 8 shot advantage, they say days are made for certain people and they also say cometh the hour, cometh the man, Ross Overton produced one of his great finishes of a stellar career, 1 over par with 4 holes to play having struggled on the greens all day to hole anything, produced birdies at the 15th, 17th and then a stupendous drive on the par 5 18th hole and a stunning 9 iron to 12th feet was stuff of legends and despite holing nothing all day calmly rolled it in for an eagle 3, what a fitting way to end a very special day in our county's history.
We now represent the midlands in the England Golf National Finals, which take place in September (27th to the 29th) at Huddersfield Golf Club.
Great congratulations to Trevor Ryan the team captain and it also must be said a very proud moment for the President Edgar Bramwell, who has proved a great supporter.
Well done to everyone involved, let’s go on and do the county and the midlands proud and win it. A picture of the winning team with County Captain Trever Ryan and County President Edgar Bramwell is below.