The Scratch Team have had impressive run of results, starting back in May with victory against Crowborough Beacon Golf Club in difficult scoring conditions before an impressive win at Haywards Heath to reach the quarter-finals. The team then travelled to Littlehampton and secured their semi-final spot with a 7-5 win.
This is the furthest the Goodwood team has been for a while in this prestigious competition. Nick Tull, Scratch Team Captain, confirms the success is down to fantastic team spirit.“I think it really epitomises what we have put in, in terms of effort and commitment this year that we all know each other a lot better and the team spirit has been absolutely fantastic. That has reflected in the run, and the results in the matches that have got us to the semi-finals, which by far and away is the furthest Goodwood has ever got in this particular competition.”
The final eight have now been confirmed, with inform players involved such as the recently crowned 2017 Men’s Club Championship Leo Ruggieri. Tull added: “It is great we have the winner of this year's Club Championship Leo Ruggieri and Dave Porter as a well-deserved runner-up and previous champion from the last two years. What really pleases me is the fact we have had a real squad effort to get where we are today.”
With the semi-final being played on neutral territory the team are hoping for some home support to help them secure a place in the final on the 19 August. “Anybody that is available to give us support would be so very welcome by the team,” said Tull. “We had 30 at Littlehampton and it really did make the difference. When you’re under the gun, to have your home team support and familiar faces there, especially in the singles matches in the afternoon is great. It can be quite a lonely place with that pressure on your shoulders.”
The Scratch Team Captain continued: “It is at a neutral venue so we must get that six-and-a-half-point target. I think the week before we're all going to prepping ourselves to do well in the singles in the afternoon. Eight points are up for grabs and is where it will be won or lost. I know East Brighton from the grapevine, they are very much up for the challenge and I think it will be a very good game.”'
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The Golf At Goodwood Scratch Team:
Nick Tull (c)