Surrey: Men’s County Championship

Surrey champion Aadam Syed is flanked by Sunningdale Captain Paul Chase-Gardner (left) and and Surrey Golf President Terry Casey

Last-green drama as Aadam completes the set at Sunningdale

SURREY: Tuesday, June 1st

There was a finish befitting the venue at the Surrey Men’s County Championship where Aadam Syed got the better of home player Sam Hessian in dramatic circumstances on The Old Course (Sunningdale).

The 18th green at the iconic venue has seen plenty of high-profile drama over the years and on Sunday the two finalists served up a stunning finale. Hessian, who had just birded 17 to keep the game the alive, need to win the final hole to force extra time and looked to have done just that by holing a 25-foot putt for birdie.

But his opponent had other ideas and matched his three by finding the bottom of the cup from 15 feet to win the title for the first time.

The victory was also special for more than one reason for the Foxhills player because it completed the county set. He has previously won Surrey U-12s, U-14s, U-16s and U-18s.

“I thought there is no way this is going to extra holes,” said the 20-year-old two-time winner of the Roehampton Masters. “It was my 12th round of the week and I was done.”

The new champion had arrived from Sunningdale on the back of an excellent ninth-placed finish at the Lagonda Trophy at Gog Magog and took that impressive form straight into the strokeplay stages, leading qualifying by three shots from four players.

He opened up with 69, one behind first round leader Harry Crockett (Addington Palace) and followed it up with a 71 to give himself top seeding.

In the knockout stages he would only trail once. That came in his semi-final with Terry Nicholls (Addington Palace) where Aadam was one down with three to play. The Foxhills golfer took 16 with a par and par was again enough on 18 to claim the spoils with his opponent finding trouble off the tee.

In the final Aadam raced into a two-hole lead thanks to back-to-back birdies and then reeled off seven pars, taking a three-hole lead into the back nine.

However Sam took advantage of a couple of bogeys from his opponent at 11 and 14 to cut the cap to one before Syed claimed 16 to go dormie before the drama really began.

Matchplay qualifiers (Par 70)
1) Aadam Syed (-3, Foxhills) 69, 71, 140
2= David Corben (-5, Hindhead) 73, 70, 143
2= Demi Di Matteo (-2, The Wisley) 73, 70, 143
2= Justin Chan (-1, Wentworth) 70, 73, 143
2= Terry Nicholls (-5, Addington Palace) 69, 74, 143
6= Sam Hessian (-3, Sunningdale) 72, 72, 144
6= Harry Crockett (-3, Addington Palace) 68, 76, 144
8= Daniel Rosevear (-1, Walton Heath) 74, 71, 145
8= James Fawssett (-1, Walton Heath) 73, 72, 145
8= Harley Yates (-2, Burhill) 70, 75, 145
11= Killian McGinley (-4, Sunningdale) 74, 72, 146
11= Jacob Aaholm (-3, Reigate Hill) 74, 72, 146
11= Lewis Hinton (-1, Foxhills) 72, 74, 146
11= Joshua Jamieson (-3, Walton Heath) 72, 74, 146
11= Kris Kim (-2, Walton Heath) 72, 74, 146
16) Aidan Millham (-1, Windlesham) 75, 72, 147
For all the scores click here
Matchplay – last 16
– Syed beat Booker
– Rosevear beat Fawssett
– Nicholls beat Aahom
– Hinton beat Chan
– Di Matteo beat Jamieson
– McGinley lost to Hessian
– Crockett lost to Yates
– Kim lost to Corben
Quarter-finals
Syed beat Rosevear
Nicholls beat Hinton
Di Matteo lost to Hessian
Yates beat Corben
Semi-finals
Syed beat Nicholls
Hessian beat Yates
Final
Syed beat Hessian