The first Regional Qualifying Tournament for the 19th Open took place at Moortown and got off to a testing but thoroughly enjoyable start. There was a strong field for a breezy but mainly dry day on a long (6750 yards) and superbly presented course.
The winner was Yorkshire specialist (having now qualified in Yorkshire three times) David Owen (9) Poulton Park (Cheshire!) with a very creditable 31pts. Jezz Ellwood (5) was second with 30 pts and another Contributor, golf course architect Jonathan Gaunt (8) was third on countback with 29pts from Mick Thorpe (5) Dewsbury and Alan Davey (6) Pyecombe. The two remaining qualifiers for the Final at Hillside in May 2015, were Jim Scott (10) recently retired secretary of Mendip and the well travelled John Holmes (5) Crowborough Beacon both on 28pts.
Our congratulations to them all.
Our thanks not only go to all those from all parts of the country, Sussex to Scotland, who made the journey to Leeds, to play yet another superb course, but of course to the Members of the Club, Captain and Committee and host secretary Peter Rishworth for allowing us to stage another event at Moortown.
Peter’s staff were extremely welcoming and helpful, with the caterer producing exactly the heartening steak pie to replenish everyone’s depleted reserves – delicious.
A fine start then to this year’s Championship, which was made all the more pleasurable by the return to the ranks of our invaluable supporters by Paul Mainstone and Keystone Computing -the scoring is back to being on par! Our thanks too to supporters Duncan Rougvie of Teeofftimes, Mike Harris of Golf Monthly and of course Philip ‘Indiana’ Vince with yet another display of fine chocolates and crystal.
|31 pts (09)||Overall Winner||Away|
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|30 pts (05)||Overall Runner-Up||Away|
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|29 pts (08)||Overall Third||Away|
|29 pts (05)||Overall Fourth||Away|
|29 pts (06)||Overall Fifth||Away|
|28 pts (10)||Overall Sixth||Away|
|28 pts (05)||Overall Seventh||Away|
|28 pts (04)||Overall Eighth||Away|
|28 pts (11)||Overall Ninth||Away|
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