September 4th 2018
Dyrham Park and Mill Hill contested the final of this year’s Felmingham Trophy with Dyrham Park emerging as the winner with an 8 points to 1 victory. However 4 of these wins came on the 18th or 19th holes which suggest a number of keenly fought matches which did not go the way of Mill Hill.
Speaking to Jon Prichard, Mill Hill’s playing Captain after the match he was very gracious in defeat. He acknowledged how well Dyham Park had played and offered no excuses other than the failure of his players to master the speed of the greens early on, leaving too much ground to make up in later holes. Jon paid tribute to his team for getting to the final this year.
Adrian Freeman, the non-playing captain of Dyrham Park commented on how the matches were played in a very good spirit which John Felmingham, the founder of the competition, would have warmly applauded.. When asked to explain Dyrham’s continued success in the competition he recommended simply selecting a group of good match players without any prima donnas is the winning formula?
The day closed with a meal in Ealing’s dining room and brief speeches by both Captains. Tributes were paid to the condition of the course, the quality of the food, the sporting atmosphere in which the matches were played and to the work of the Felmingham Committee during the year. Les Wiltshire, Ealing’s President, thanked Jon and Adrian for their comments before presenting the trophy to the winning team.
The Felmingham Committee now look forward to the 2019 competition.