Gloucestershire's team head north for the three-day seniors county finals
EUROPEAN Tour player Chris Wood will be checking the progress of the English Seniors County Finals at Heworth Golf Club, near Gateshead, next week as his father Richard from Long Ashton is a key member of the Gloucestershire team.
Wood Snr, pictured, has become just as keen on the game as his son and won the South West Seniors title this year. He features in a strong team to meet Hertfordshire, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire over three days from Tuesday.
The team also includes Welsh international Bob Broad (Minchinhampton), 2011 Seniors Scratch Cup winner Bill Higgins (Tewkesbury Park), present Seniors Scratch Cup and county seniors champion John Chilvers (Henbury) and Dave Potter (Naunton Downs) who came close to winning the English Seniors Championship this year.
Captained by 2009 Seniors Scratch Cup winner Richard Boulding (Henbury), Ian Melvin (Cotswold Hills) and Stuart Masson (Minchinhampton) complete the team.
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Gloucestershire qualified for their first finals by finishing 19 strokes ahead of Dorset at Marlborough.
Charlie McLean finished level with fellow Brickhampton Court player Nigel Thompson in the Cotswold Trophy at Chipping Sodbury but won a sudden death play-off a par on the par four 17th hole.
He shot 151 (75, 76) while the former county captain carded 74 and 77. McLean now leads the Duchess Salver order of merit table after displacing Mike Day (Henbury), winner of the two previous events, who was seven shots behind in 16th.
Home members Stuart Macdonald, fourth with 153 (78 75), and county vice-captain David Wood, seventh with 154 (77 77), were the leading players from the south of the county.
The final Salver event is the re-arranged Failand Plate at Bristol and Clifton on October 13.
Jamie Dick and James Dobbs from Forest Hills make their Gloucestershire first team debuts in the final Channel League match against Gwent at the Kendleshire on Sunday.
Three Brickhampton Court players McLean, Thompson and Jake Phillips are also picked with Mike Day (Henbury), Paul Garland (Lansdown), Andy Hale (Chipping Sodbury), Laurie Potter (Minchinhampton) and Sam Morgan (Knowle).
Knowle trio David Lake, Louis O'Regan and Will Mullins, Mitch Waite (Filton), Ian Wilkie (Thornbury) and Josh Denley (Chipping Sodbury) feature in the second team against Gwent at Dewstow.