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Shrewsbury win President’s Plate

SHREWSBURY Golf Club has won this year’s President’s Plate in a thrilling match against Llanymynech to win the trophy by just one point after a series of tightly contested matches.

The Hargrove Trophy is one of golf’s most contested competitions across Shropshire and Herefordshire. First played in 1956, clubs from across the county put forward teams of their best players to compete, often fielding two teams in a bid to secure the trophy.

Each team of six players play in a foursome matchplay format. Matches are played home and away. The competition is a knockout. The winners of the first round of the competition play for the Hargrove Trophy and the rest of the field play for the President’s Plate.

This year’s competition began in September. Shrewsbury beat Wrekin, Worfield and Leominster to face Llanymynech in the final.

Team captain David Gilmour said: “This is a great competition for our county players and it keeps us all playing through the winter. We have enjoyed playing on great courses against high quality teams and look forward to playing them again in other matches throughout the season.

“It was a close fought match with Llanymynech that was thrilling for all those playing and spectating.”

Shrewsbury won 3.5 to 2.5 to take the President’s Plate.

Hargrove Trophy administrator Roger Elston said: “This is one of the Shropshire and Hereford Union of Golf Club’s favourite winter competitions that is always well supported. It brings together the best of the two counties golfers and we have seen some outstanding golf this winter.

“I would like to congratulate Bridgnorth on winning the Hargrove Trophy and Shrewsbury on winning the President’s Plate.”

Bridgnorth beat Burghill Valley in a tight match that resulted in each club scoring three points apiece. Bridgnorth clinched the trophy courtesy of being three holes up over the two matches.