Olley’s eagle books place in the sun for happy Hall
Middleton Hall continued their amazing run in the Mail on Sunday Classic when they travelled to Worsley Park, Manchester, for the UK finals.
Eight mens' teams and eight ladies teams travelled the length and breadth of the UK to play for their places in Spain at the El Rompido resort. The draw was made at the evening reception on the Sunday and Middleton Hall would face Shrigley Hall at 09:20 the following morning.
There was just one change from the team that won in Scunthorpe with Stuart Olley coming in for Anthony Stannard, who being a true team player caddied for Mike Thompson.
The match was very tight with only a few holes separating each game and eventually four matches went to the last hole. Adam Lewarne wrapped up his match with a 4 and 3 win. He made his way straight to the practice green preparing for a potential play off scenario again. With four matches in, it looked like a good decision. The score stood at 2 � v 1 � with the final game left out on the 18th tee. Stuart Olley was 1 down with the par five to play. Both players had hit fine tee shots and with Stuart first to play he hit a towering shot into the back of the green some 30-40 feet away from the cup.
Shrigley Hall came up just short with their second shot but after a good approach chip the putt was conceded for his third birdie in the last three holes.
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Stuart Olley now knew that he had to hole out for eagle to halve his game and win the match. There was deathly silence as the putt was struck, only to erupt into euphoria when the ball found the bottom of the cup.
Mike Lewarne, Middleton Hall captain said: 'After about eight feet the putt looked in, it seemed to take forever to get there but when it did, well, the team appeared from everywhere to congratulate Stuart.
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'I am sure Stuart will be able to rest on this one shot for a long, long time, The match was played in such good spirit and Shrigley Hall are to be commended on the great way in which they played the match. It was important to each team but both sides were excellent to the end.'
The team will now fly out in November for the grand final where they will meet Wentworth, Blairgowrie and Cranleigh.
Mike added: 'The team have been great, it's never easy leaving anyone out of the team but we win as a team, lose as a team and most of all get on as a team. We have shown that Middleton Hall not only has some very good players but we also battle for each other and I think that sometimes makes the difference.
'I will be contacting some local companies to see if they would like to be part of our success by sponsoring the team, the guys have spent a lot of their own money getting this far and success doesn't come cheap.
'Malcolm at the Three Horseshoes has already said he will support the team should we reach Spain so that's one in the bag already.
'We managed to get sponsorship for some team kit and I would like to say a very big thank you to EIS ltd for sponsoring the shirts and to Malcolm and Lorraine at the Three Horse shoes for the rain tops.'
Anyone wishing to sponsor the team can contact Mike on firstname.lastname@example.org