Team USA retain the Burstwick Cup for second year in a row!

Last weekend we hosted our coveted Burstwick Cup which is a Ryder Cup style event where members of Burstwick are split into Team Europe and Team USA for a 16v16 brawl!

Captains Bruce Carter (Europe) and Tony Howard (USA) both had great teams on paper, and it was obvious the weekend could go either way.

With fourball betterball matches played on the Saturday the scores came in at 5-3 to the Americans, but with double points available on the Sunday in the singles matches it was obvious that slender lead could quite easily fade away very quickly. And it did.

The first three matches on Sunday went to the Europeans, and suddenly with 13 points to play for the Americans started to wobble.

Myself and opponent Chris Young (who beat me 3&2 in the second match of the day) took it upon ourselves to grab a golf buggy and promote ourselves to theoretical vice captains, as we went around the course to see how the other matches were playing, and give our teams some encouragement.

The more Chris and I ventured around the course it was evident that this cup was going to be nip and tuck. Both the Europeans and Americans had a fair share of matches going their way, and with a lot of strong characters out on the course it was tough to call who might falter and who would strive to victory in each game.

In the end, the final few matches edged it towards Team USA and the race to 12.5 points was won with a couple of matches still left to come in. Congratulations to the red team on their brilliant victory, and thank you to all that played the weekend. I’m sure we will see many of you again in the Burstwick Cup next year!

USA take stunning victory over Europe in Burstwick Cup

Last weekend we hosted the infamous Burstwick Cup which is one of the most fun events in our calendar. The format takes resemblance to the Ryder Cup where USA take on Europe in a Matchplay event.

Day one consisted of fourball betterball matchplay whereby pairs from each team are pitted against each other, with a total of 6 points being up for grabs. Although it could have been argued that both teams were very even on paper, team USA quickly went on the offensive and charged to a 4-2 lead.

With the European team certain to not let their determination waiver, Captain Mike Smith rallied up the troops on Sunday morning as the blues set out to cut the deficit and make amends for their first day performance.

Things did not go the European's way. USA Captain Bruce Carter got the reds off to a strong start with a win, and Dave Thompson continued before Ashley Heidstra got a point back for the Europeans.

With the scores USA 6-3 Europe at this point and with nine matches still to come in it was game on! Or, game off, as far as the European's were concerned. Match after match the USA team started to trounce Mike's lads, and with 5 matches still to play it was already all over!

In the end the blue team just could not compete. The score finished at USA 13.5-4.5 Europe, an absolute crushing victory for the reds. Well done to everyone that played, particularly the American team and their captain Bruce Carter!

The teams have been drawn for the Burstwick Cup!

Who will win, Europe or USA? Team Captains Mike Smith and Bruce Carter have today drawn the teams for the Burstwick Cup this coming weekend, and it's due to be a great brawl between the two teams!

Please remember to wear team colours both days of the competition (USA red, Europe blue) and may the best team win!

Team America
Team Europe

Saturday - Fourball Matchplay

 
Saturday FourballsTeam EuropeTeam USA
8:00amCaptain - Mike Smith
Darren Wilkinson
Captain - Bruce Carter
Pete Hilton
8:10amMark Barningham
James Bisby
Neil Turner
Andy Wilson
8:20amA. Key
Ashley Heidstra
Alex Foster
Jamie Brewer
8:30amAllan Smith
David Key
Pete McEwan
Tony Bird
8:40amMike Huzzard
Glenn Brewer
Craig Smalley
TBA
8:50amDave Silversides
Ron Wicks
Dave Thompson
Steve Sorrenson
 

Sunday - Singles Matchplay

 
Sunday SinglesTeam EuropeTeam USA
7:54amCaptain - Mike SmithCaptain - Bruce Carter
8:01amRon WicksDave Thompson
8:09amAshley HeidstraAndy Wilson
8:16amDavid KeyCraig Smalley
8:24amMark Barningham/td>P. McEwan
8:31amDave SilversidesPete Hilton
8:39amJames BisbyAlex Foster
8:46amGlenn BrewerJamie Brewer
8:54amMike HuzzardTony Bird
9:01amAllan SmithTBA
9:09amAlan KeySteve Sorrenson
9:16amDarren WilkinsonNeil Turner
 

Good luck to all the players and may the best team win!

The Teams Have Been Drawn for the Burstwick Cup!

Who will win, Europe or USA? Team Captains Alan Mackinnon and Andy Wilson have today drawn the teams for the Burstwick Cup this coming weekend, and it's due to be a great brawl between the two teams!

Please remember to wear team colours both days of the competition (USA red, Europe Blue) and may the best team win!

Team America
Team Europe

Saturday - Fourball Matchplay

 
Saturday FourballsTeam USATeam Europe
8:00amCaptain - Andy Wilson
Alan Key
Captain - Alan Mackinnon
Steve Young
8:10amTony Sims
James Bisby
Ian Watkin
Rob Shaw
8:20amGary Fincham
Les Sennett
Mike Huzzard
Lee Webster
8:30amDave Harris
Tony Morris
Jack Maxey
Shaun McGeachy
8:40amDavid Akroyd
Darren Wilkinson
Dave Robbins
Neil Turner
8:50amDavid Maxey
David Key
Pete Roberts
Knud Neilsen
9:00amPete Hilton
Bruce Carter
Colin Akrill
Adam Benge
9:10amAshley Heidstra
David Lines
Martin Oliver
Brian Wilson
 

Sunday - Singles Matchplay

 
Sunday SinglesTeam USATeam Europe
7:22amCaptain - Andy WilsonCaptain - Alan Mackinnon
7:30amTony MorrisIan Watkin
7:37amDavid LinesDave Robbins
7:45amDavid AkroydJack Maxey
7:52amDave HarrisSteve Young
8:00amDarren WilkinsonNeil Turner
8:07amPete HiltonAdam Benge
8:15amDavid MaxeyMartin Oliver
8:22amBruce CarterPete Roberts
8:30amJames BisbyBrian Wilson
8:37amLes SennettRob Shaw
8:45amAlan KeyLee Webster
8:52amDavid KeyColin Akrill
9:00amGary FinchamShaun McGeachy
9:07amTony SimsKnud Nielsen
9:15amAshley HeidstraMike Huzzard
 

Good luck to all the players and may the best team win!

Europe Take Back Burstwick Cup in a Tense Finish!

Mother Nature was very kind to the golfers at Burstwick over the weekend, after what looked like a bleak outlook for the Burstwick Cup, turned out to be absolutely fine, if not rather nice!

The rivalry between the European and USA team for the 2015 Burstwick Cup was one of the most fierce we have seen, and the banter began well before a ball was teed up, with Facebook and Twitter awash with jibes and jokes about who might come out victorious.

Team captain's Andy Wilson and Alan Mackinnon were raring to go on Saturday, and their intentions were made obvious with chants and barracking on the first tee, with the teams joining in the camaraderie!

Conditions were a little blowy on the Saturday but fortunate the rain had been and gone during the night, and although it was a cool start the weather warmed up nicely in from mid-morning onwards.

The scores at the end of the first day fourballs were 4.5 to 3.5 in favour of Europe, with it all to play for in the final day singles matches.

Sunday morning arrived and the weather was absolutely stunning; a still and warm summers morning meant that the course was going to be very scoreable and play for some great golf in the singles.

The team captains went out first again and the 15 matches followed in succession, with some tense pairings with scores that wanted settling. Notable matches included the Robbins brothers against each other, ex-captains Dave Harris versus Martin Oliver, and Alan Key matched up against Ashley Heidstra. 

With some very close matches including four halves the Burstwick Cup really could have gone either way, and with just 3 matches to come in the scores were 11.5-9.5 to the USA (with 12.5 needed to claim victory).

In the end it was Shaun McGeachy delivered the final blow by beating Dave Smith 3&1, despite the final two matches going the way of the Europeans. The end result was a nail-biting 12.5-11.5 to the USA, a fantastic end to a great weekend!