After the coldest night of the year for 17 years, it was no surprise at 7 a.m. to find the links of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club universally white with frost; (see The GCS, Vol. 14 No.10, Page 80 – October 2010) by 10 a.m. the warm autumnal sunshine had done its work and the competition commenced on time under cloudless skies. By noon, shirt sleeves were the order of the day. The links were in perfect condition and despite the greenstaff being unable to cut the greens because of the frost they still putted perfectly , although the pin position on the 8th evidenced that they had not lost their sense of humour!
Our host, secretary David Cromie (4) Royal Liverpool used his local knowledge to good effect and won comfortably with 36pts, two clear of runner up Dennis Wright (4) Penrith, who scored an impressive 21pts on the back nine. In third place came Mark Betteridge (8) Formby with 32pts and in fourth Alan Banks (17) Trentham with 31pts, another ‘new boy’ to the Championship. The remaining qualifiers were led home by Bob Tawell (20) Rushmere, who suffers the loss of two handicap strokes under the Championship rules, with 31pts on countback from Adrian Dawson (9) Woodcote Park. Constantly coached, Keith Fisher (14) Rowlands Castle, came in with 30pts as did David Hughes (7) Haydock Park. Our congratulations to the Hoylake qualifiers, it was a very special day for us all. As one competitor so aptly put it, ‘That really was a life treat’.
Our thanks go to David Cromie and all his staff on and off the links, especially Links Manager Craig Gilholm, for all their hard work and faultless service on our behalf. Thanks too to the Captain, Committee and Members who allowed us to, once again, share their marvellous course and clubhouse, and to view the Club’s history, a source of wonder and amazement to many of the competitors. We shall return… (Please?).
The supporters were out in force and like many of the competitors had travelled the length and breadth of the land to be with us. Stefanie and Paul Mainstone of Jonas/Clubminder, Philip Vince of Majestic Crystal, the ever qualifying Dean Poynter of Eagle, Alex Narey of Golf Monthly, along with the equally consistent Richard Dancy of Golf Locker Security and last but by no means least James Rogers of ispygolf.
We were also able to welcome Melvyn Goddard, the secretary of CONGU and a local resident as our guest.