An eight man squad from The South Staffordshire Club in Tettenhall near Wolverhampton emerged as the last team standing out of 330 in the country that entered the 2019 Annodata National Team Championships.
In late November the boys, who had got through six local matchplay knock out ties to get there travelled to the Montecastillo Golf Resort in Cadiz to compete in the final four. Both matches were very tight affairs, they secured a semi-final win against Exeter club Fingle Glen 3-2 then went on to repeat the scoreline in the final versus Cambridgeshire club Ely City to become 2019 champions.
After a close call three years ago when more or less the same team got all the way to the final only to be defeated by Consett & District GC, this victory tasted all the sweeter for team captain Paul Glossop. “It’s absolutely amazing for the players and the golf club,” he exclaimed. “It’s the only national team competition out there and our team from Wolverhampton has won it. It says a lot about the strength of Midlands Golf and our course too, you can’t breed champions without a championship course. ”
Five took part in the final but it was an eight man squad who played through the season, John Mackie, Paul Nickell, Steve Charlton, Steve Terry, brothers Richard and Tom Hewitt, Chris Crane and Chas Strudwick.