Hunstanton GC – 3rd April 2017

A splendid and memorable weekend in North Norfolk was blessed with fine weather and two excellent courses King’s Lynn and Hunstanton.

The Mixed Foursomes at King’s Lynn attracted a field of 12 couples from all parts of the UK: Ayrshire, County Durham and Hampshire to home turf.

The winners were Richard Jessop and Marilyn Barter, manager and the Lady President of the host Club, who receiving 15 strokes, amassed 37pts and won by a point from Scott Royal Worlington & Newmarket and Claire Ballentine. Our thanks go to all at King’s Lynn for their warm welcome and in particular House Manager Karl for organising such a delicious buffet lunch.

The following day saw a full field gather at Hunstanton on a day that started overcast but turned into wall to wall sunshine with a stiff breeze into the faces of the competitors on the back nine.

Martin Gillet (5) Hobbs Cross relished the links and the conditions and showed everyone a clean pair of heels to win with 39pts. Jonathan Gaunt (9), (who is single-handedly dealing with the HS2 route at least as far as Whittington Heath GC is concerned!), was runner up on count-back with 37pts from Adam Riddlle (3) Royal Ashdown Forest, a previous qualifier, as was David Cook (14) Moor Park in fourth, also on 37pts. The other qualifiers were David Holmes (12) Prestbury 36pts, Ken Goodwin (5) Prestwick 35pts, Jonathan Moore (4) Royal Cromer 35 pts and Neal Milton (4) Sheringham 34pts.

There is still space at Berkhamsted on April 10th. Email your entry to Michael@golfclubsec.co.uk. Thanks to job changes we have had two Final Qualifiers withdraw, which might just improve the odds at the ‘Last Chance Saloon’ from the current one qualifier for every four contenders!

Our thanks go to William Coker the Captain of the Club (and acting everything!) and all the staff at Hunstanton, especially Jenny and George, for all their help. We were also very pleased to have Hunstanton’s incoming manager Ryan Pudney in the field, playing in his first GCS event.

Several of our invaluable Supporters made the trip to North Norfolk. Jamie Abbott MD of intelligentgolf (who had an excellent score), John Hayes of Marsh, Bob King of Teeofftimes/BRS, Tom Clarke of Golf Monthly, awaiting the start of the cricket season. Sadly we were without Philp Vince of Majestic Crystal, away on family matters, which meant carry your own chocolate from the start, but the prizes were as well received as ever.

A word of thanks too to Ian Macleod Distillers and Alan Wardrop for their sporting support and the supply of Glengoyne single malt – very special! Visit www.glengoyne.com.

Our thanks to them all – for without them we wouldn’t have The Championship that we do.