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GOLF: Hopkins applauds Burford character
6:43pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Sport
Burford are celebrating a third Section 1 title in six years after winning their final match at home to Tadmarton Heath.
The leaders needed one and a half points from the fixture to make sure of the crown.
It did not begin well, with Tadmarton’s Spencer Hallam and James Burton winning the opener by one hole.
Richard Connor and Matt Hill responded to win the second match 3 & 1, before Dave Summers and Simon Hopkins sealed a 2-1 victory with a 5 & 4 success.
Hopkins, Burford’s captain, is a veteran of the club’s wins in 2011 and 2008, along with teammates John Wilks, Dave Summers and Adam Salter.
The skipper was delighted to regain the title won by The Oxfordshire last year and felt it was down to a strong squad.
He said: “We have had a squad of ten players and it’s been a good effort from all of them.
“There have always been some hard decisions to make. I have left myself out at times, but everyone has played their part.
“The guys who weren’t picked on Saturday walked the course, which shows the team spirit we’ve got.
“We’ve probably had more competition for places this year, which is healthy.”
Cotswolds Club were relegated after a 3-0 defeat by Frilford Heath.
SHAW GIBBS OXFORDSHIRE FOURSOMES LEAGUE
Section 1 Burford 2 (3pts), Tadmarton Heath 1 (1) (Burford scores first): J Wilks & J Simpson lost to S Hallam & J Burton 1 hole, R Connor & M Hill bt O King & L Robinson 3 & 1, D Summers & S Hopkins bt I Manning & L Washbrook 5 & 4.
Frilford Heath 3 (4), Cotswolds Club 0 (0) (Frilford scores first): P Clements & R Harrhy bt G Kay & R Whiston 3 & 1, T Morgan & M Chiddington bt S Allen & J Evans 2 holes, T Smith & L White bt C Heslip & M Carron 4 & 3.
Section 2 Drayton Park 1 (1), Witney Lakes 2 (3) (Drayton scores first): N Elmey & D Moreton bt R Steeples 2 & 1, M Roberts & M Green lost to J Lambourne 2 & 1, B James & M Andrews lost to S Putt & N Clayton 2 holes.