Berkshire win Four Counties!

Berkshire came out victorious when the annual “Four Counties” event was played at Broadstone Golf Club on Tuesday 29th June 2021. The “Four Counties” golf tournament is an annual competition between Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, and Berkshire. The course was in great condition..

The format for the competition is a stableford four ball better-ball, with six pairs from each county. Played off the yellow tees with full handicap (maximum 18), the best five scores from each county are added together to find the winner, with the sixth score used in the event of a tie.

First off for Somerset were Captain of Captains Stephen Butterfield and past Captain of Captains Andy Carter who led from the front and posted a good score of 40 points.

Next for Somerset were John Beer & Paul Hucker. A poor front nine and a better back nine resulted in a score of 36 for Somerset 2.

Somerset 3 consisted of Paul Wills and Mike Rossiter who returned a score of 35.

Next were David Bate & Max Putnam who also returned a score of 36 as Somerset 4.

Somerset 5 recorded our highest score. Well done to Michael Bovingdon & Geoff Rooke who came in with 43 points.

Last, but not least, were Roy Parmiter and Murray Parsons as Somerset 6, who carded another good score of 41.

So the overall team score for Somerset was 196.

The overall results were

1st – Berkshire 204

2nd – Wiltshire 203.

3rd -Dorset 198

4th -Somerset 196

 4-Counties Competition at Broadstone GC 2021         
B1Roger Beavis [Captain] – Reading212041D1Peter Foster [Captain] – Dorset G&CC182139
Graham Harris – Winter HillAlan Clarke [Club Captain] – Broadstone
B2Phil Hadfield [President] – Calcot Park191938D2Nigel Mobbs [Secretary] – Sherborne202141
Alan Sweet – MaidenheadGraeme King – Broadstone
B3Andy McClean – Castle Royle242347D3Brian Hansford [Treasurer] – Came Down222042
Tony Payne [Match Secretary] – Frilford HeathJack Crockett – Sherborne
B4Derry Lewis – Sonning182139D4David Kimberley [Webmaster] – Ashley Wood211940
Peter Spooner – East BerksPaul Fowell – Canford School
B5Martin Green – East Berks192039D5David Woodroffe [Vice-Captain] – Bridport172239
Mervin Foulds – MaidenheadDerek Grimes [President] – Canford School
B6Terry Jackson – Maidenhead181939D6David Picton [Fixture Secretary] – Weymouth192140
Michael Foster – East BerksJohn Coley – Lyme Regis
6th Card396th Card39
S1Steve Butterfield [Captain] – Cannington231740W1Frank Ham [Captain] – Tidworth191635
Andy Carter – Stockwood ValeDavid Spaven – Salisbury
S2John Beer [Secretary] – Oake Manor152136W2Steve Smith – The Wiltshire212041
Paul Hucker – Burnham & BerrowRay Smith – [Match Secretary] – The Wiltshire
S3Paul Wills – Long Sutton171835W3Andy Lake – Hamptworth202040
Mike Rossiter – Enmore ParkJohn Flynn – Ogbourne Downs
S4Dave Bate – Mendip Spring162036W4Jim Cameron – Upavon221941
Max Putnam – Taunton & PickeridgeSteve Best – North Wilts
S5Michael Bovingdon – Enmore Park222143W5Allan Wood201939
Geoff Rooke – CanningtonPeter Hill – Hamptworth
S6Roy Parminter [Vice-President] – Long Sutton192241W6David Headech – Upavon202242
Murray parsons – BreanMark Lousteau – Tidworth
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The consolation for Somerset was that Stephen Butterfield and Andy Carter won the prize for the best front nine with score of 23. The highest overall pairing was the Berkshire team of Andy McLean and Tony Payne with 47 points

The origins and history of this competition are very interesting. It started when Derek Bryant from Berkshire and Trevor Jenkins from Somerset tried to arrange a fixture – but couldn’t fit one into their schedules. So Derek and Trevor agreed this inter-county format instead. The former Berkshire captain Tom Sherry presented the trophy in 1984. The trophy is named after  Sid Hoare who was a great benefactor of Berkshire Golf Captains. Sid was also the sales director of Brooke Bond PG and his claim to fame were the famous “PG Tips” chimp adverts. It is for this reason that the trophy takes the form of a tea caddy – which is accompanied each year by a packet of PG loose leaf tea. Indeed on the first occasion the trophy was filled with tea! The individual prizes were made up especially for the competition.

We would like to thank Dorset Golf Captains and Broadstone Golf Club for their superb organisation and hospitality. The Somerset team had a great day and we look forward to next year’s event which will be played at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Berkshire.

(If you click on a thumbnail below, you will see the original photo)

Four Counties 2021