Dylan Dronfield’s PGS team sealed a dramatic 17-15 Wryter Cup win at the wonderful Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
Hoylake has hosted some sensational Open Championships, including wins for Rory McIlory and Tiger Woods, but the two-day Wryter Cup was just as tense as any of those.
After romping away with the singles on day one, the PGS led by 11-5 overnight – just five and a half points short of victory.
But the French won the first five foursomes matches on day two to ensure a nail-biting finish. Even when the PGS took the final three foursomes matches, it was clear this would go to the wire in the afternoon fourballs.
And sure enough it did, with Roderick Easdale and John Quinn eventually guaranteeing the PGS victory by going dormy on the 17th, after the pairings of Felix Duckworth and Andrew Porter, and Tim Allan and Nic Brook, had earned a point each. Rodders and John went on to claim a 2up triumph by winning the 18th.
Felix was the undoubted hero of the team, winning three points, but every player claimed at least a point in what was truly a team achievement.
Skipper Dylan said: “It was all a bit tense in the foursomes and the fourballs but I’m so pleased we got the job done. I had a great team and they’ve done me and the PGS proud.”
Huge thanks to Hoylake member Nic Brook, who was instrumental in getting the Wryter Cup there; to the French team, led by Christophe Lassaut, for turning up despite the Covid restrictions and fully embracing the spirit of the competition; and to all the staff and members at Royal Liverpool., who made us feel so welcome from the minute we arrived until the minute we left. We are very grateful indeed and it was a privilege to play your magnificent course and to feel very much part of your club for the time we were there.