22nd Open Championship

Ladies and Gentlemen,

“Was this the best Final ever?”IF it wasn’t it was definitely up there. The weather played a part, as one competitor put it: “A quite brilliant day on a quite superb golf course with wall to wall sunshine thrown in! It doesn’t get any better than that!”

The pictures tell the story, even better than Philip’s report which covers just about everything… please click on the link(s) to view what happened (before placing your order):



The Golf Club Secretary – 22nd Open Championship - Final
he GCS – 22nd Open Champion David Morgan (Gullane)

The Sunday Foursomes at Hesketh were won with a splendid score of 36pts by the ‘perfect storm’ combination of Liam Burns (+3) from Eagle and Bob Tawell (23) Rushmere (“It was also nice for once to have the bragging rights on the way home for four hours!”).

The runners-up on 33pts were the indefatigable Jezz Ellwood (6) Ellwood Golf & Media and Stephen Toon (11) Sunningdale. It is fair to say that they all celebrated in some style.

The foursomes were followed by dinner at Formby. It was a State Banquet, with House Manager, Polly Prescott and her team presenting a wonderful repast. This was followed by three rounds of Heads and Tails and then the somewhat hurried Club Room Charity Challenge, a putt of some 20+ feet to a 15” ‘hole’ – the nine Table Champions (selected because their DOB fell closest to May 20th) failed to hole a single putt and the prize rolled over to the following day. Much money was raised for The Stroke Association.

Whilst the driver of the coach won the prize for grumpy old man of the year, the logistics worked very well. No one missed the return journey, although the Ramada Plaza’s bar came under sustained attack before 11 p.m.

The Final got off to a very prompt start and play kept up a reasonable pace. Those at the front set the pace in more ways than one. The winner was David Morgan (6) Gullane (at Last Chance Saloon qualifying at Southerness last month) with 34pts – a complete and clear winning performance.

Runner-up, thanks to ditching Sunday’s shorts, was the recently retired Tim Aggett (1) with 33pts on count back from Jonathan Moore (4) Royal Cromer and in fourth came our host Stuart Leech with 32pts, a very worthy performance, balancing local knowledge with everything else that was on his plate! See the attached PDF for the full results. Martyn Senior (5) a ‘local’ guest scored 36pts!


There are so many people to thank:

Martin Edge, our host at Hesketh and of course the Club’s Captain, Committee and Members for allowing us to use their fine course for our much enjoyed ‘warm up’; the Club’s House Manager, Karen Courtney and her team for their welcome and fine buffet lunch.

To Stuart Leech, Manager of Formby (only two points behind the winner) whose patience and understanding was limitless, with every request agreed to with the minimum of fuss (The Challenge!?) and whose staff showed everyone exactly how it should be done. To Captain, David A. Hughes, the Club Council and members who allowed us the privilege of playing through the pines and sometimes the fairways of their historic course.

The often forgotten greenkeeping teams at both Clubs who presented their finest assets in wonderful condition.

To the supporters, without whom the Championship, would not exist:

The Originals:
Messrs Keith Fisher, Keith Adderley, Philip Vince, MC and Paul Mainstone
all of whom took part in The GCS – 1st Open Championship at Hintlesham Hall 22 years ago!

Philip Vince of Majestic Crystal, despite suffering a very nasty migraine at Hesketh, came up trumps with the most wonderful selection of crystal prizes (yes, that is actually what he does… apart from keeping all of us smiling, fuelling us with chocolate and managing to take a picture or two).

Paul Mainstone of Sawted, got everyone to their tee time on time and then through Golf Genius produced the results of both events on his iPad spot on time, a modern miracle.

Liam Burns (previous mention) and Malcom Pennycott, ‘new boys’ to Finals, represented Eagle, whose cards, bags tags and pencils not to mention the re-branded GCS goodies were much admired.

Richard Dixon of BRS/Teeofftimes another ‘new boy’ whose 32pts comfortably got him into the top 10 and again whose contribution to the goodies was much appreciated.

John Hayes of Marsh, a Finals regular and whose contribution to the ‘Welcome Pack’ was generous!

Craig Higgs of Golf Genius another ‘new boy’ from Golf Genius, was not only most welcome but whose system(s) will shall be utilising for years to come.

Chris Ivess Mash, Matt Patton and Tim Read from Golf Car UK completed the picture and with a suitably supplied Golf Car came to the rescue of more than one competitor.

We thank them all and hope they enjoyed themselves.

Finally to Viv without whom The GCS – Open simply wouldn’t happen.

And so on to the 23rd Open – all have a brochure and entries will be expected! The Final at Ganton will be another great occasion, but YOU won’t be there unless you enter and qualify.

IF you have got this far PLEASE:

The R&A, together with all National Governing Bodies (NGBs), are promoting several initiatives to make our game more enjoyable and increase participation.  We would like YOUR contribution to help us understand how these initiatives are working in practice.

Please click on the link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TheGCS

It will take only a few minutes to complete and the undoubtedly very interesting results will be published in The GCS in June.
THANK YOU in advance for your participation.
The Golf Club Secretary