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Welsh NHS team finish runners-up in 4 Nations event

THE Welsh NHS team claimed runners-up spot in the 4 Nations NHS Golf Challenge at Worsley Park Manchester.

The event, which was celebrating its 25th Anniversary, is played between teams of 12 NHS staff from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England on an annual basis. This year’s event saw teams compete over two days in the Stableford format, with total scores deciding the winners.

After the first day’s play Wales were in second spot behind the Irish, with Scotland third and England fourth. Going into the second day’s play of 36 holes the Welsh knew they had to produce something special to overhaul the Irish team and after the first 18 holes had closed the gap. Going into the last 18 holes, the Welsh had to outscore their opponents by two points each in order to claim the title. However, after some tremendous golf, it turned out to be too much of an ask and they had to settle for second.

Welsh team captain John Carden, a clinical nurse specialist from North Wales, said: “We really gave it a go this year, as in previous years we have struggled to be in contention.

“We held a qualifier and had ended up with a really competitive team that represented health services right across the principality.

“We will certainly be aiming to go one better next year.” He added: “We would like to thank Flexicare Medical Supplies for sponsoring the team again this year.”

If any health worker currently working in Wales would like to compete for a place in the team next year, email John Carden on