Ryder Cup golf hat-trick for Nottingham City slickers

PRIDE OF BULWELL -- the proud Nottingham City Golf Club team, based at Bulwell Hall, who won the local 'Ryder Cup' challenge match for the third year running.

PRIDE OF BULWELL -- the proud Nottingham City Golf Club team, based at Bulwell Hall, who won the local 'Ryder Cup' challenge match for the third year running.

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The world of golf had all its eyes focused on The Open championship at Hoylake in Liverpool last week.

But in Bulwell, the competition they have all been talking about is the Ryder Cup.

No, not THE Ryder Cup. But a local version that sparks rivalries every bit as fierce as that between Europe and the USA in the real thing.

Inaugurated several years ago as an annual challenge match, the ‘Bulwell Ryder Cup’ is between teams representing the two golf clubs in the town.

They are Nottingham City, based at Bulwell Hall, and Bulwell Forest, where Andrew Willey -- the only golfer from the Dispatch district to play in the final rounds of The Open (in 2004) -- has just taken over as the new professional.

The format of the challenge , staged over a weekend,is very much the same as the Ryder Cup itself.

Thirteen players from each side play foursomes matches on the opening Saturday before taking each other on in singles on the Sunday.

The opening round, which was played at Bulwell Hall, comprised 36 holes, with Nottingham City emerging with a healthy lead of 8.5 points to 5.5 points.

The singles round was played at Bulwell Forest 24 hours later and although the home club tried to rally, they were unable to peg back their arch rivals..

The City ran out 17-11 winners to lift the prestigious trophy for the third year running.

The cup was presented to their captain, Daz Westwick, while a strong candidate for man-of-the-match was his vice-captain, James Turner, who won all three of his matches.

As well as Westwick and Turner, the successful Nottingham City squad, including two reserves, comprised:

Mark Beeson, Peter Briggs, Dale Clarke, Nick Coyne, John Dalby, Nick Dalby, Chris Davies, Jeff Holloway, Craig Jones, Lee Marriott, David Middleton, Antony Mitchell and John Pilmore.

Rivalries will be renewed in 12 months’ time when the 2015 challenge is likely to take place over the first weekend in July.

Maybe Willey himself will turn out for Bulwell Forest?....