After a couple of days of persistent rain,Lancaster GC recovered in time to host the 4 Nations.
Host nation England got off to a great start with the great pairing of Simon Wilkinson and Paul Hillaby shooting a magnificent Gross 70 and importantly a valuable Nett 64.This gave the team a fabulous platform. The team finished the day on a nett score of 268. In hot pursuit were Scotland and Wales with both teams scoring 283 Nett and tied second place.Nicol Meldrum and Gordon Brown shooting 69 Nett and Brent Parry along with Richie Evans posting excellent Nett 70. Not too far away were Northern Ireland with Mark Beresford and Les Dickson also shooting very admirable nett 70 on a tough first day on slick greens with tricky pins. The magnificent scoring on Day1 was enhanced by a combined 14 birdies throughout the field.
With such a tender lead of only 15 shots there was no place for complacency from England as in medal it can all evaporate quickly.... There were plenty of tales of woe from all who encountered the singles on day 2 of missed putts and bad luck but with another dazzling display from Simon Wilkinson posting a gross 76/Nett 70 Gave England another solid foundation in which to build on Day1 scoring.England duly finished the day with a nett 589 for the rest to chase.
Scotland had some great gross scores on Day2 with 4 players in the 70's notably Nicol Meldrum Gross 77 but Paul Connelly taking the spoils for the Auld enemy with an excellent Gross 79/Nett 70 to lead the way for the Scottish team who finished day 2 with a nett 592.
The Welsh team weren't too far away either with some excellent Nett scores as Gary Murphy Gross 80/Nett 73 providing a good platform that was also backed up by Charlie Taylor nett 72 and Brent Parry the Welsh starlet shooting a gross 78/nett 70. The welsh team finished the day with a nett score of 610.
The Irish team were potentially early favourites for the 4Nations as they assumed 'Home' advantage staying at the magnificent Lancaster Golf Cub with an extra day of practice. Some solid nett scores from the irish team allowed them to challenge with 5 players posting in the 70's Nett. John Press,Phil Elliott and Ian Haliday all shooting Nett 78's that backed up with Les Dickson Nett 74 and John McCloy with a fantastic Nett 72 on the day and the team posting a combined 626nett.
Many Congratulations to England with a winning score of 589 nett. Scotland in second with 592 Nett.Wales third with 610 and finally Northern Ireland with 626. There were a total of 20 birdies on day2.
Nicol Meldrum won the Birdie cup with a total of 5 birdies over the 2 days. Nearest the pins Day1:
Hole 4 Nicol Meldrum Scotland Hole 6 Nobby Clark England Hole 13 John Press Northern Ireland Hole 18 Dale Bowen Wales
Hole 4 Nicol Meldrum Scotland Hole 6 John Press Northern Ireland Hole 13 Matt Roberts Wales Hole 18 Les Dickson Northern Ireland
Best Nett Singles: Paul Connelly Scotland 70 Best Gross Sngles: Brent Parry Wales 78 Best Nett pairs Trophy: Adrian Hall/Matt /Roberts 70 Card play off Best Gross Pairs: Nicol Meldrum/Gordon Brown 74
A huge thanks go to all who travelled to Lancaster and found it in fabulous condition. To the club Captain and organisers who I liaised with at Lancaster many Thanks. To DCFO Justin Johnson who entertained us with his story over dinner. To all the staff at Lancaster who looked after us all over those 2 days. To Ally Park,Dennis Swan and Paul Shipton from Lancs FRS who gave their time on day 1 To Roy Wood and Dave Harrison GMFRS who helped out both days To Alan Firth who was the starter on the first and held the presentation together. A huge thanks to all competitors who made the event a huge success.