Royal celebrate milestone with PAV-IT plate glory

Matt Wilson, Richard Hine, Phil Belfield, Hamish Houston, Andrew Piper, Nick Ward, Steve Clarke, Tom Breach

Matt Wilson, Richard Hine, Phil Belfield, Hamish Houston, Andrew Piper, Nick Ward, Steve Clarke, Tom Breach

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Royal Eastbourne golfers had reason to celebrate after scooping the PAV-IT Plate during the 125th year aniversary at Eastbourne Downs Golf Club last Saturday.

Having never before won any of the men’s County scratch knock-out trophies, this year Barry Illsley’s talented bunch took the top prize against Seddlescombe.

The Downs was presented in excellent condition and the morning foursomes resulted in a crucial 3-1 lead for the Royal.

Tom Breach and Richard Hine led off and lost narrowly 2&1.

Steve Clarke and Alex Piper, Phil Belfield and Matt Wilson, Hamish Houston and Nick Ward all won, meaning three-and-a-half points were required from the eight singles matches.

Team Manager, Barry Illsley, was now faced with attempting to second-guess the Sedlescombe manager in deciding where to put his stronger players.

Breach lost his match off-set by an excellent win by Wilson over a much -favoured opponent.

Houston went down but Piper did a great job, winning on his 18th. He was one-up at the last. The big-hitting Piper, who had one drive during his round estimated at 340 yards, kept his cool. He spanked a three-iron up the last and hit the green with a mid-iron to seal the vicotry.

Fourth man out was Ward. Still a junior, Ward played like a veteran and won his match to bring up six-points for the Royal.

The position altered for the worse when first Steve Clarke and then Phil Belfield lost “out in the country”, leaving it up to Richard Hine to battle for the crucial half-point that was still required.

Hine didn’t disappoint. He was two-up with one to play meaning the score a 7-5 win, much to the delight of the Royal’s followers at the Downs.

The REGC “Pav-It” Team L-R Matt Wilson, Richard Hine, Phil Belfield, Hamish Houston, Andrew Piper, Nick Ward, Steve Clarke, Tom Breach.