At 7a.m. on 29th March the heavens were open for business over Little Aston, however – prayer mat at the ready – the clouds didn’t exactly roll back but they obliged and it wasn’t until the end of play that the rain returned.
Little Aston is in a truly awesome setting with understandably more security than most Clubs, given its distinguished location. The course was in excellent order, with many of the unwary competitors losing balls in the well stocked borders of the practice putting green whilst practicing putting downhill…
Our host for the day is a formidable golfer and so it proved as Iain Burns (2) Little Aston waltzed round in level par for 38pts – a very worthy winner.
Runner up was a ‘new boy’ to the Championship Paul Jelly (4) Cosby on 37pts. Tony Moon (17) Copt Heath, another first time participant, came third on 36pts. The same score was attained by the ever reliable Dean Poynter (10) Eagle. In fourth place was Ryan Evoy (8) Howley Hall on 35pts. There were three qualifiers on 34pts, Mark Haskell (4) Teignmouth, Marcus Lovelock (3) Henley and Martin Gillett (5) Hobbs Cross. The Final qualifier on 33pts was David Cook (14) Moor Park. Our congratulations to all of them for making it through to Rye for the Final in May. There is still space at Berkhamsted on April 10th and a possible eight places at Hunstanton next Monday? Email your entry to Michael@golfclubsec.co.uk
The day ran like clockwork, everyone on time, excellent bacon sandwiches, coffee (very good), course in enviable order and a delightful lunch to follow, even cream as well as custard on offer with the treacle tart (thank you).
Our thanks go to Iain, who was very gracious and welcoming in his acceptance speech, and his exemplary staff who could not have done more to make us feel welcome.
A great team of Supporters were with us both Tammy Hewins and MD Jamie Abbott of intelligentgolf, Chris O’Hagan flying the Golf Monthly flag and using up more pre-honeymoon brownie points…? Chris Knight and Bob King of Teeofftimes/BRS. Dean we have mentioned with his customary qualifying score. Roger Gillingwater flew the Marsh banner. And finally Mr Selfless, in wellies and with camera, spent his the birthday, in the service of others doling out chocolate whilst playing with his toys. Thank you Philip (Vince – Majestic Crystal) for giving us so much on your special day… and indeed thanks to all who make the Championship what it is – the BEST.
View pics of the day @ http://www.majesticcrystal.co.uk/little-aston
Entry Form: The 21st Open Championship