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Couldson trio 'dig deep' to seal first Colt Cup title at Stoke Park

Small Surrey clubs sees off 25 Harry Colt clubs

Couldson Court saw off no fewer than 25 golf clubs to get their hands on the prestigious Colt Cup at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire earlier in the summer.

The Colt Cup is an annual competition between golf clubs whose course was designed by Harry Colt. It is part of a schedule of events run by The Colt Association, which aims to promote the golf clubs designed by Harry Shapland Colt.

A total of 26 golf clubs took part in this year’s contest.

Colt, who died in 1951, was an internationally renowned course architect, and his English courses include well known names such as Wentworth, Sunningdale, Royal Wimbledon and Camberley Heath. He had a hand in some 300 courses in 24 countries.

Competing on the day were teams from Northern Ireland (Royal Portrush), Spain and the Netherlands.

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Playing 27 holes of Stableford in three-man teams, Coulsdon Court won the cup in great style, with Burnham and Berrow runners up and Wentworth third.

Coulsdon captain Oskar Lazar said he knew his team had put themselves in a good position mid-way through the event, but added that they still had to dig deep for the win.

“At lunch we were looking good, said Lazar, who plays off a six handicap. “There was some great scoring out there including Bill Denne’s birdie on the 16th, the signature hole. I had 33 points but Mark Pierce (playing off eight) had 38 points and Bill (off 12) had 37.

“Wentworth and a few other clubs also had good scores so it was down to the afternoon nine holes to decide things. Playing the last four holes in the rain put us under a lot of pressure but we dug deep. I scored 18 points, Mark Pierce (off seven) also scored 18 and Bill Denne (playing off 14) scored 11.”

“We waited for ages looking at the scoreboard for the last teams to come in and then saw we had won by seven points with possibly the highest total in the history of the competition. What a result!”

This was the first time Coulsdon Court had ever won the trophy and, for such a relatively small club, with around only 100 playing members, it is a magnificent achievement. 

The winning team has been invited to return to Stoke Park for a select club team competition on the Saturday prior to the 2016 competition.

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