The fourth Regional Qualifying Tournament for The Golf Club Secretary – 21st Open Championship was again close to the perfect day. We were at Royal Cinque Ports with the best bacon sandwiches yet and warm sunshine, only later interrupted by two very heavy showers. It was delightful to stand on the balcony and watch so many play the first in so many different ways?
All agreed that James Leah and his team (especially office bound Laura) at Deal could not have done more to make us welcome. Even the shortened course proved to be a winner with the scores (24 scores in the 30s), and the time taken reflecting a wise move, despite the benign (for Deal) conditions.
We would also like to thank the Members of Royal Cinque Ports for giving up so many of their Monday morning tee times. It is much appreciated by everyone who took part and we look forward to returning in years to come.
Our Supporters were also attracted to the seaside, with a full complement: Phil McInley from Eagle, whose GCS app will be unveiled in the next couple of weeks, Jamie Abbott intelligentgolf’s M/D, Mike Harris and Chris O’Hagan from Golf Monthly, our number one recruiter for the Championship Charlie Swann of TeeoffTimes/BRS and John Hayes of Marsh, whose photographic competition (don’t forget to enter your hole!) was much discussed. As always the Majestic Crystal prize table was much admired and we hope to ‘prize’ Philip away from his workbench in the not too distant future.
There were six qualifiers, in reverse order: Brian Lever (15) Beecles 33pts, showing he has lost none of his links skills, former winner Peter Walter (8) Tyrell’s Wood with 35pts, the same score as James Nairn (9) Crowborough Beacon and Scott Ballentine (12) Royal Worlington & Newmarket who had recovered from Ryder Cup jet lag and who had spent the week on the range. In fourth place was Charlie Swann (3) TeeoffTimes/BRS with 36pts, the same score as ‘new boy’ Adam Riddle (3) Royal Ashdown Forest. Also on 36pts was Ben Tawell (6) Newton Green who was runner-up (which has cost father Bob a week for the family at Camber Sands!)
The winner and for once receiving the winner’s prize as a belated wedding present and for his stunning score of 39pts was Chris O’Hagan (now a part time local…) of Golf Monthly, who, playing off a handicap of 3 scored, a superb 39pts.
Well played everyone and to those who qualified congratulations, see you at Rye in May, for those who didn’t Pennard next Monday or Seascale on 30th October, beckon?