The Last Chance Saloon at Berkhamsted was played on a course in great condition for the time of year, having staged The Berkhamsted Trophy the day before. The weather too played its part, lovely sunshine but with a chilly wind for most of the morning. Play was brisk and scoring excellent.
Alan Feltham (12), who has followed the tour this year whilst ‘resting’, made the most of the opportunity and the conditions to score a magnificent 38pts to take top prize, a score matched by ‘new boy’ Nick Eden of Teeofftimes/BRS. The runner up was another very loyal follower and regular Finalist, Bob Tawell (22) Rushmere, qualifying yet again (and beating his son Ben!) with 36pts. Paul Smith (7) Faversham came third, on countback, a score matched by Mike Verhelst (7) Bury St Edmunds, who had already qualified. Ray Griffiths (12) Mullion – a ‘new boy’ all the way from Cornwall qualified with 35pts, as did Ian Chamberlain (7) Frinton and Mark Smith (0) Hampstead both on the same score. Congratulations to all of them and we trust that they make it to the Final in Rye on Monday, May 22nd.
Sadly our host Steve Derbyshire was unable to join us;, in the aftermath of a WAGR event, there is much admin to attend to. But matters were very well organised by his excellent team and the final qualifying tournament of the 21st Open went very smoothly, followed by a delicious lunch much needed and enjoyed by all. Our thanks to Berkhamsted, Club Members, Committee and staff for a very enjoyable day. We very much hope to return, yet again, in years to come.
The Supporters played their invaluable part, coming from all directions to join in. intelligentgolf’s MD Jamie Abbott (another good score), John Hayes from Marsh (another GCS PB) and of course Nick Eden of Teeofftimes/BRS (mentioned above). The Easter Bunny in the form of Philip Vince of Majestic Crystal, dispensed not only chocolate but seasonal eggs as well! Support them all where you can, they give us the BEST Championship!
On to Rye for the Sunday Foursomes and the 21st Final at Rye on Monday, 22nd May. A delightful new tie awaits the Finalists not to mention fun and serious ‘games’.