‘Europe’ prevails at Crow Nest to wrestle title back from ‘USA’

READY FOR BATTLE: Members of the USA and Europe teams gathered at Crow Nest GC at the weekend, the latter prevailing before holding a fantsatic gala dinner and awards presentation .
READY FOR BATTLE: Members of the USA and Europe teams gathered at Crow Nest GC at the weekend, the latter prevailing before holding a fantsatic gala dinner and awards presentation .

The bi-annual Ryder Cup-style event at Crow Nest Golf Club has been remodelled this year, sporting a new name and trophy but with the same fierce rivalry of previous years.

Captains for this year were Darren Hartley (Europe) and Terry Daynes (USA). Both had assembled strong line-ups and looked well-matched with Team USA hoping to retain the title.

The rivalry started early between the teams during Wednesday evening’s players dinner where teams enjoyed a fine meal and a few glasses of wine. They were joined by guest speakers, rugby league legend Jamie Peacock, and David Taylor, with the captains announcing the pairings for the morning’s foursomes.

Europe made a fast start and gained the initiative after day one with a four-point lead.

It all came down to the singles on day two with Team USA looking for a charge and they came out fighting, rattling off six singles in a row, putting the pressure back on Europe. But they rallied and secured victory with Ian Clarke providing the point required for victory.

A fantastic gala dinner was enjoyed by all competitors, partners and guests on the Saturday evening with ‘Elvis’ making an appearance and entertaining everyone.

Dean Stewart was awarded the Tiff Medal as best rookie after winning all of his matches over the two days.