Worthing golfers are just perfect

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WORTHING Golf Club won the PAV Trophy for the second successive year on Saturday, in the most convincing way possible.

Worthing lifted the Sussex inter-club matchplay championship for the third time in four years and for the eighth time in total with a whitewash 12-0 win over Copthorne at Eastbourne Downs.

In the morning foursomes, Worthing won all four matches with an outstanding display of team golf. Nigel Harrington and Jack Bartlett recorded a 6&5 win, Joe Doherty and Scott Nightingale won 5&4, as did Peter Tarver-Jones and Scott Williams, while Tim Martin and Toby Tree won 2up.

Buoyed by the morning results, Worthing went out for the afternoon singles trying to complete the clean sweep to give team manager Graham Roberts a fitting farewell after he had announced his retirement from running the scratch team.

Tree, 18, who has been named in the European Junior Ryder Cup team – the same competition world No 1 Rory McIlroy played in back in 2004, got the ball rolling in the singles with a 4&3 win.

Martin (3&1), Nightingale (4&2) and Doherty (4&3) were also victorious, before Harrington fought back from three down with five holes to play against Lewis Gurr to win 2up.

Williams (6&5) and Bartlett (2&1) made it 11-0, before, in the last match, Tarver-Jones won 2up, on the last hole, to complete the whitewash.

Roberts said: “A 12-0 win has never been done before and it can’t be bettered, it can only be equalled but I don’t think that will be done.

“It was a really fantastic day, The support from the county golf union and other clubs throughout the year has been fantastic and it really is a great competition.”

Full results – morning foursomes: Martin, Tree beat Harry Ruffels, Paul Mercer 2up; Doherty, Nightingale beat Paul Cleverley, Gurr 5&4; Harrington, Bartlett beat Paul Oliver, Colin Linsley 6&5; Tarver-Jones, Williams beat Doug Arnold, Mark Logan 5&4.

Afternoon singles: Tree beat Ruffels 4&3; Martin beat Oliver 3&1; Nightingale beat Linsley 4&2; Doherty beat Cleverley 4&3; Harrington beat Gurr 2up; Williams beat Mercer 6&5; Bartlett beat Arnold 2&1; Tarver-Jones beat Logan 2up.

The PAV Plate final also took place on Saturday, with Royal Eastbourne lifting the trophy after a 7-5 win over Sedlescombe at Eastbourne Downs.