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Green’s Folly stems Halifax Country Club rally, retains trophy

Green’s Folly built a 22-14 lead after the first day of play and held off a second-day rally by Halifax Country Club to win its third straight County Cup on Sunday by a 37-34 margin.

Play was discontinued Sunday evening after Green’s Folly accumulated enough points to clinch its third straight win in the annual tournament and its fourth win in the past eight years.

Green’s Folly Captain Jimmy Clay said some strategic moves paid off for his team early on to get the working margin.

“We did some strategic things yesterday morning that kind of threw them off balance,” said Clay.

“Yesterday, I came out in alternate shots which kind of threw them, and I played against their best team. 

“Dave Ashwell played really good yesterday and all the guys played good yesterday afternoon.”

Green’s Folly played for the first time in 21 years without one of its stalwarts, Woody Clay, who played instead for Halifax Country Club.

The entire team stepped it up a notch for the two-day tournament, Clay noted.

“In 21 years of playing this I’ve had my brother beside me every year,” he said.

“This year he wasn’t and he’s like family to these guys, because he’s always played with them.

“He’s still part of us, but he wanted to play with those guys (Halifax Country Club), and I don’t blame them.

“We missed him tremendously, but this is one of the best wins we’ve ever had.”

Clay recognized Halifax Country Club’s Sunday rally, which pulled them to within three points at the end.

“Those guys played good late, and my hat’s off to them,” Clay pointed out.

“It’s been close the past several years, and we were worried.  Woody adds a lot of flavor to that team.

“He shifted over to Halifax this year.  He has a lot of friends over here.

“It hurts our team, but this was not a one-man show it was a 12-man team that played as hard as they’ve every played, and they played really well.”

His team dug a hole for itself early in the tournament from which it couldn’t rally, according to Halifax Country Club Captain David Meeks.

“Yesterday morning we dug ourselves a hole, but we came back over here today and nobody quit,” said Meeks.

“We took it down to the wire, so I’m proud of the guys for doing that.

“What lost it was the first six matches of the morning (Saturday), and we were down eight points.

“It’s tough to come back, because they’re a really good group of guys and good players, and that’s a lot to make up.”

The Sunday rally made things interesting, but the eight-point gap proved too much to overcome.

“This morning (Sunday) we played well.  In the best ball matches in the morning we made up a lot of points,” said Meeks.

“This afternoon, six of us went out for singles and played really well.”

Meeks couldn’t stress enough how proud he was of the team for not giving up.

“It could have been over early, and we took them to the wire,” said Meeks.