WORTHING Golf Club were celebrating on Saturday when they won the Optimus Trophy for the fourth successive year.
The team of Jack Bartlett, Roy Thompson, Scott Nightingale, Nigel Harrington, Joe Doherty, Scott Williams, David Tulley and Nathan Longley completed a 7-5 success over Crowborough Beacon as they won the Sussex Team Matchplay crown.
It proved to be a fascinating final after Worthing won the morning foursomes 3-1. They were pegged back to 6-5, before Longley won the final singles tie to secure the victory for his team.
Worthing scratch team manager Graham Roberts said: “It was a fantastic day and it was great to pick up another victory in this competition.
“This is now our fourth consecutive win and the ninth time in total we have won it.
“The final was far from easy for us, though. We went ahead early but Crowborough never gave up and fought right until the end.
“I was not only proud of my team but also of Crowborough in what was a really special day of golf.”
Worthing had to overcome Eastbourne Downs, Slinfold, Chartham Park and Ham Manor to reach the final, which was played at The Dyke.
Roberts is proud of the club’s production of players and added: “Our final line-up included four guys who have been at Worthing for a long time.
“Scott, Joe, Nigel and Dave have all been here from junior level, so it’s great for them to still be part of the club.
“It’s very special at Worthing the way we get younger players through and into the senior teams later on.
“We had Nathan Longley playing the final round for us and he is only 15 so, hopefully, we can continue to bring young talent through at the club.
“We are booming with young talent and our aim in the future is to continue to attract youngsters to the club and bring them through.
“If we can continue to develop golfers, everybody will be happy and it will be good for our club.”
A large contingent of fans turned out for the final and Roberts was delighted with the support that his side received for the final.
He said: “I would just like to thank everyone who came along and showed their support for us.
“It was a really special day, with a great win to finish and it gave the fans something to cheer as well.”
n Worthing’s Peter Tarver-Jones failed in his attempt to make EuroPro history when he finished tied 30th in The Glenfarclas Open last week.
Tarver-Jones was aiming to win three consecutive EuroPro titles, having won in Oxfordshire and the WPT Invitational.
He finished on minus-three, 13 shots behind the winner.
The Worthing golfer will compete on the Challenge Tour next year after his successes this season.