Golfers chase double
PUBLISHED: 14:38 16 October 2010
Big day for Romford
ROMFORD Golf Club are preparing for the biggest day in their long history tomorrow.
They send teams into action in the Leslie Wood and Thornton Plate finals at Crondon Park, aiming for a unique double.
And Dean Hazell says it could be a day to live long in the memory.
“It’s probably the biggest day in the club’s history,” said Hazell, who captained Romford to a heartbreaking 8-7 Thornton Cup final defeat against hot favourites Chelmsford in 2004.
“To be in both finals on the same day is very special and we’re really proud of what we’ve done.
“We’ve used the plate as a tool and exercise to bring the youngsters through and if we can win with them, it’ll be brilliant.”
Louis Lazarus, now 13, is the club’s youngest-ever Thornton player, having appeared while still only 12.
He is joined by fellow teenagers Jack Halls, 14, Dan Garner 15, Ben Scanes 16, and 18-year-old trio Rob Walker, Sam Wilding and Jack Dobson. Harrison Ellis would have been in contention, but is out until Christmas after surgery on his shoulder.
Hazell will play in the Leslie Wood final, with co-captain Scott Wilding, before heading back out on to the course to support his young stars and added: “We’ve got a few older heads in the team as well, including Essex champion Steve Hazell, Keating finalist Tony Ames, Brett Bishop and Mark Lazarus, uncle of Louis.
“Rochford are always strong and won the main cup in 2005. To be honest it’s a bit of a conveyor belt for scratch golfers, but we really don’t know anything about Stoke-by-Nayland.
“I was a member there 25 years ago, though, and to be an eight-handicapper round there, you’ve got to be a tidy player.”
As for the Crondon Park venue Hazell said: “It’s set out lovely and there are some spectacular holes. You can’t not enjoy it, although it is October and the rainy season. But the forecast is good and hopefully we’ll have lots of members to support the boys.”
Gary Tyler captains the Leslie Wood team and said: “I’m very confident. It’s a big chance for both teams to make history.
“I’ve got six very experienced players and four rookies and Ian Kittle and Grant Glover have been unbeaten throughout. I can’t wait.”