Worthing seal a historic hat-trick

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WORTHING Golf Club are celebrating a historic hat-trick of victories in the Sussex Team Matchplay Championships.

Worthing overcame Ifield 9-3 in the final at Crowborough Beacon Golf Club on Saturday to lift the Optimus Trophy –formerly the PAV Trophy – for the third consecutive year.

They are the first team to win it three years in a row and team manager Graham Roberts has saluted his side’s hard work.

He said: “I was delighted with the result. The players have been so good this year.

“The team work has been unbelievable. Nathan Longley came into the first team at 14 years old and he is only 15 now, so he’s still a young man, but he will be another Toby Tree or Gary Evans.”

Worthing led the final 3-1 at lunchtime as Tree and Longley won 1up, Scott Nightingale and Joe Doherty triumphed 6&5 and David Tulley and Nigel Harrington were 5&4 winners.

In the singles, Tim Martin and Nightingale finished all square, while there were wins for Tree (1up), Longley (6&4), Harrington (2up), Tulley (2&1) and Mike Bullan (6&4).