A team sport?

Boys County Champions Surrey

Boys County Champions Surrey

Surrey won the Boys County Finals once again this week. This time around it was the third victory in a row. Not bad considering that they wiped the floor with everybody last year and then lost quite a few of their most prominent players to the age barrier. A good system does not rest though and I am sure it is not a surprise to those involved in junior golf in England that Surrey is there again to take the trophy.

For an individual sport like golf it is quite amazing how team sport still seem to be the driving force. But then again, perhaps it is not. Wanting to compete and the desire to win has always served as inspiration and good reasons to invest. Look at Premier League… I would argue that in golf the country with the strongest team ethos in their national setup is most likely to be successful. Why? Because that is the only way to create a somewhat level playing field. Individual setups mean money has to come from mom’s and dad’s pockets. Team competition means that there is a good chance somebody else will be prepared to pitch in. But of course it depends on how important the series of events are regarded to be. Premier League = very important = ridiculous amounts of money. American college golf = pretty important = good scholarships to individuals. English County Championships = important to the Counties and the EGU but perhaps not as important to the general golfer and supporter = some money going into it. 

The really tricky thing in golf will always be that where our funds to support and develop players come from (= the golfer) the biggest interest is when the next starting time can be found or how many points were scored in the last round. Of course golf is to blame for this as we have not managed to create an interesting enough product. Or perhaps the actual playing of the game is a bit ‘too’ interesting. But a County Championship is something to pray for and when every golfer in Surrey shares the passion for that Trophy with the kids on that picture, you know that something is going right!

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