15th Open Championship

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Ganton Final has been judged a success, many kind emails and calls have been received. The finalists’ thanks and kind comments have been passed on to the Club whose warm reception and hospitality was superb.

The course, as expected, was in wonderful order when we arrived to play the Sunday afternoon foursomes. The weather was best described as overcast and blustery, but that did not prevent the steadiest of combinations keeping their ball in play and coming out on top – Martyn Senior (5) and Gaye Sjoberg (15) amassed a very creditable 34pts, with 19 coming home, pipping David Mabbott (9) and Adrian Dawson (9) by a single point. Everyone was round in good time leaving most able to dress for dinner in the Clubhouse.

Dinner was a very jolly affair with not too many taking umbrage at the designated table names! The Club’s excellent caterers (Mr and Mrs Stubbs) produced a splendid dinner with steward Jed Wilson unflagging in his efforts to keep the diners well lubricated; our thanks and congratulations to the entire staff. We raised £180 from Heads and Tails, which was then topped up and a cheque has gone to the Seve Ballesteros Foundation supporting Cancer Research UK; a modest but heartfelt tribute to the great man. Thank you.

Ganton Golf Club
Ganton Golf Club

The day of the Final dawned dark, wet and blowing. Full waterproofs were required to fend off the worst that North Yorkshire could throw at us. Several of the competitors described the conditions as ‘brutal’. As a result, scoring was bound to be on the low side, but no one got off to a better start than Matthew Bowman (14) King’s Lynn who holed his bunker shot at his first hole, the 14th, for a birdie and four points. He held on well and despite losing two balls collected 32pts and became Champion and the 15th holder of the Trophy. The runner-up was Dave Hughes (7) Haydock Park , with a great score of 18pts on the back nine for a total of 31pts. Matthew Streets (3) Ladbrook Park, who had things going his way on the front nine could only manage 13pts coming home for this place with a total of 30pts. John Broome (12) Moor Park came fourth with a very steady 29pts. Our congratulations to them and indeed all the competitors who braved the elements, especially the ‘proper chap’, who having had seven consecutive blobs, still handed in his card, and didn’t finish last!

We are greatly indebted to Captain John Bradley, the Committee and Club members of Ganton for once again allowing us to take over their course (not that they would have wanted to go out on Monday!), and thanks to the generosity of Phillip Vince of Majestic Crystal we were able to leave the Club a memento of our visit to complement the ice bucket (which Jed uses) from our last invasion. At this point you may wish to go to Philip Vince at Flicr and see for your selves. We also have to thank Phillip and his staff for the brilliant Darwinian Evolutionary engraving on the tumbler, no prizes for guessing the model…

Our thanks to all our supporters without whom the Championship would not be the success it is today. Special mention too of Ian Henderson of Golf Finance and his protégé, Lincoln Rowe, whose beautiful painting of the 17th hole, now resides in the Ganton clubhouse and the prints of same now grace the homes and offices of the most of the finalists. It was a wonderful idea, beautiful executed and admired by all. Even the tie was judge to be acceptable, we must be slipping.

If anyone has been missed out I apologise! Roll on September and PLEASE don’t hang around, get your entries in for the 16th Open NOW!

See you in the autumn if not before.

Kind regards,

Michael

M.W.A.Coffey

The Golf Club Secretary