Enville GC – Monday, 6th November 2017

Despite a half hour delay to allow the bright autumn sunshine to banish the frost, our day at Enville was a delight from start to finish. A wonderful welcome from staff and members, a beautiful day, a delightful course in superb condition, sloe gin at halfway and even a Spitfire with a most worthy collection of qualifiers.

Our thanks to all at Enville, who made us most welcome. It is a special pleasure when one comes across members denied access to their perhaps chosen course for the morning, not only offering a warm welcome but reminding us of what a treat we had in store. Manager Heather Mulley and her team looked after us extremely well – the steak pie went down a treat; however, we will have something light and fluffy at North Hants for the ladies…

Philip hands over the spoils to Mike Verhelst

The man with the best score, a previous qualifier (a couple of times over) was Mike Verhelst (6) Bury St Edmunds with 35pts, again very well played.  Our apologies to David Owen (10) Poulton Park and Adam Riddle (3) Royal Ashdown Forest both on 34pts, who were denied their share of the spoils as serial past prize recipients being part of a Duckworth/Lewis type result.

Bob Tawell (23) Rushmere led the ‘new’ qualifiers with 34pts. Joining Bob at Formby next May will be: Ray Grant (9)Northwood 32pts, Steve Boustead (15) Manchester 31pts, Scott Ballentine (12) Royal Worlington &Newmarket 30pts, Frank Carter (9) Olton  and Keith Adderley (beautifully attired in purple) (14) Temple also on 30pts.


There were a number of ‘new bugs’ and guests getting a taste for the Championship. We very much hope that the Enville experience has whetted their appetites and that we shall see them all again. Jackie Howe of NGCAA was with us and has announced that she is back to playing after a long layoff and will be competing in the spring. It was very good to see Bob Hardy Vale of Llangollen, who had dismounted from his bike after several years of peddling and re-joined the party – welcome back!

A special mention for of one guest, Matt Patton of Golf Car UK, was in fact the runner-up on 34pts and should he join us again in the future, the ‘committee’ will regard his handicap of 18 with a little suspicion – 22pts on the back nine – outstanding!

envilleOur thanks to Supporters John Hayes of Marsh, Dean Poynter of Eagle, Paul Mainstone of Sawted –photographer and master bartender (Viv’s sloe gin has gained a few new converts!) and prize presenter in Chief Philip Vince of Majestic Crystal.

It has been an up and down autumn series in the ‘Race to Formby’ with Ophelia and Co. However, the 22nd Open Championship autumn series could not have ended on a higher note.

The 22nd Open Championship entry form


All good wishes.

Moor Park GC – Monday, 30th October 2017

The perfect crisp, cloudless autumn day greeted a select field at Moor Park for the fifth and penultimate 2017 Qualifying Tournament. Given our recent form it made the day even more pleasurable, as the day simply got better – which led to one or two overheating, having dressed for a chilly start. Pre-lunch drinks were taken on the terrace, which is much more like The GCS.

The West course at Moor Park is not an overly long course at 5883 yards, but it most certainly did not play short off the White Tees; with penal rough and some wickedly sloping greens, scoring was never easy. That said, it takes nothing away from our host, who, with a little local knowledge, showed a very clean pair of heels to the rest of the field, David Cook (14) came home with 41pts, a superb score on a wonderful day.

The winner at work, with Gary Oatham (Thorndon Park)

Runner up on 36pts on countback was Paul Smith (7) Faversham, pipping Chris Cuttler (5) down all the way from Dore & Totley to enjoy (and be amazed by) the Moor Park experience. David Owen (10) Poulton Park, the winner at Headingley and another long distance traveller came fourth on 32pts alongside another previous qualifying winner Matthew Bowman (13) Ely City. The final qualifying place went to Keith Fisher (15) Rowlands Castle ably assisted by ‘Head Girl’ Diana. We shall look forward to seeing them all at Formby next May. Ray Griffiths from Mullion was presented with the Longest Drive award… Cornwall to Hoylake, to ‘the Gogs’, to Moor Park – hopefully we will see Ray at North Hants, where he sure to qualify for the Final.

There were many near misses by some ‘tour’ regulars’. Patrick Dawson, who is recovering from a detached retina, came close also on 31pts, as did Ray Grant on 30pts and the 29s included Messrs Ruscoe, Barker, Gillett – better luck next time!?


A generous and amusing ‘thank you’ speech from the winner
(with Keith Fisher in the background…)

Our special thanks to David Cook our host for accommodating The GCS – Open on this occasion and to his loyal and extremely professional staff, especially Louise and Lee. Anyone who has been to the Mansion will need no reminding of what a very special place and experience Moor Park offers; anyone else should most certainly visit www.moorparkgc.co.uk

The happy snappers were out and about, more of those to come a little later… thanks to Paul Mainstone of Sawted whose tee time reminders by text have become a regular feature of the Championship. The very generous Philip Vince of Majestic Crystal for not only the prompt and excellent photos but the sustaining chocolate too. Phil McInley of Eagle and John Hayes of Marsh made up the Supporters Team. We were fortunate to be joined by regular contributors Robert Twydle of ace accountants and annual Golf Club Surveyors’ Hillier Hopkins and John Wilson of Peninsula – they of health and safety fame.

If you haven’t as yet had success in the Race to Formby – why not enter the final Regional Qualifying Tournament of 2017 at Enville next Monday? We can still accommodate a few more, despite an ever growing entry list, with tee times from 10.00 (if you are thinking of driving a distance)?

The 22nd Open Championship entry form

Gog Magog GC – Thursday, 26th October 2017

We came close to escaping the wretched stuff at Gog Magog but sadly it got just about everyone, not too heavy but a nuisance nonetheless. Everything else was in splendid order and one or two of the competitors commence play in shirt sleeves!

Rain, rain go away…

‘The Gogs’ is perfectly set up – two courses, wonderful expanded clubhouse and excellent practice facilities which was made good use of by many; it is easy when it’s all so convenient.

Ken with the Prize Master

The clear winner with 38pts was ‘tour’ regular Ken Woolford from Hanging Heaton (fast disappearing – having given up biscuits, losing as many pounds as he scored points!), playing off 16. Runner up was another tour stalwart, Dave Mabbott (8) Langley Park with 35pts. Third was Lorne Smith (8) Fine Golf and the last qualifying place went to Stephen Toon (11) Sunningdale with 33pts. Ian Pattinson (6) – he of TV Rules fame, scored 35pts, but is unable to play in the final. We look forward to seeing them at Formby next year, if not before. There were many close to qualifying calls. However, at just over half way, there are still plenty of opportunities to make the Final. Enville on November 6th, with a relatively late start of 10.00 still has places, whilst the spring venues of North Hants and Notts are already filling.

Please view full scores here.

Our thanks as ever to the Captain, Committee and members of Gog Magog for their generosity in allowing us to, once again, stage a qualifying event over their delightful course. Thanks too to James Fuller, our host, who had everything organised exactly as one would wish, and to John who was so cheerful and helpful all day with food and drink requests and to Fiona whose patience was tested prior to our eventual arrival.

Harry McInley of Eagle not only led the Supporters but he also managed a runners up spot with 36pts, very well played. Paul Mainstone of Sawted looked after the scoring aided with photography and chocolate distribution whilst John Hayes of Marsh enjoyed lunch a little more than his golf, please expect a call!phi of Majestic Crystal provided the smiles, chocolate and handed out the prizes. Thanks to them all.

The 22nd Open Championship entry form

Headingley GC – Thursday, 19th October 2017

We have seriously hacked off the golfing weather gods this autumn!

Headingley, in its 125th year, is a Club at the top of its game, from lounge to locker room, not to mention the best showers! However, despite starting a few minutes early, none of the competitors in the fourth round of the Race to Formby escaped an absolute soaking, several times over. It was a great pity as the course is delightful and improving day by day thanks to the green staff and the skills of tree specialist John Nicholson (see next month’s GCS).

The happy winner was David Owen (10) Poulton Park, a hardy annual qualifier, with a terrific score in the conditions, of 32pts. However, it was unnecessary to know at what stage of the round his underwear became waterlogged, but it did illustrate the difficulties faced by all. Runner-up was a ’new boy’ James Washington (9) Bradford and in third was our host Jon Hall (3) who had qualified at Hoylake earlier in the week. The remaining qualifying spot went to Kirkby Lonsdale’s David Towers (6).


Our thanks go to the Members for sensibly staying inside and allowing us to play uninterrupted and to Jon Hall and his team who made us most welcome, with great attention to detail. A tip top caterer with the best egg and bacon rolls to date… Despite the awful weather, one only had to listen to the chat over lunch to know that everyone was resigned and not at all unhappy. Lunch itself was excellent and greatly appreciated by all, especially those who hadn’t played so well!

On chocolate duty (we discovered that Quality Street don’t ‘travel’ well in the wet) and scoring was Paul Mainstone of Sawted; we were also joined by Roger Gillingwater of Marsh and the doughty Dean Poynter of Eagle.

Never mind. Onwards and upwards – after four events we now have 24 qualifiers for the Final at Formby.

For the Finalists – a reminder:
Accommodation for the Final will be at The Ramada Plaza, Southport PR9 0DZ, a luxury 4-star hotel set in the heart of the town’s modern waterfront development and one that has received The Golf Club Secretary seal of approval on several occasions in the past.
Contact: Nicky Goodwin, Reservations Manager – rm@ramadaplazasouthport.co.uk Hotel No: 01704 516220 Direct No: 01704 516233. Quoting – The Golf Club Secretary.

The 22nd Open Championship entry form

Royal Liverpool GC – Monday, 16th October 2017

This report is not about the weather at Hoylake yesterday. Who is Ophelia, what is she..? Nor the eerie Saharan sun, the lack of rain and the very stiff breeze… it is simply about the excellence of the links, Club and the quality of the competitors.

Mighty Winds… Mighty Champions

The links of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club offer a stern test at any time and off any tee, but thanks to the generosity of the Club in allowing a shotgun start everyone was in the allotted place when the mighty cannon boomed at 09.30. Play was brisk, everyone round in testing conditions in comfortably under four hours and with smiles galore. Well played.

Those that now move on to another wonderful links, Formby for the Final in May 2018 (details of the accommodation for the qualifiers at the foot of this mail) include the winner by a clear point the long distance golfer, Alan Creber (5) Launceston with 34pts. Runner-up on 33pts, was TV star from Newton Green Ben Tawell (6) and in third, although having already qualified at Burnham & Berrow was Adam Riddle (3) Royal Ashdown Forest on 32pts. At this point, one might be forgiven for thinking that it was exclusivly a low handicapper’s day – not necessarily so. Martin Ball (14) Eaglescliffe made it through to the Final with 31pts as did late entrant Dennis Wright (5) Penrith on the same score. Another long distance traveller Gareth Evans (6) West Cornwall qualified with 31pts and had the prospect of swapping stories with the winner all the way home! Playing again at Formby are… all those on 30pts, ‘new boy’ Tom Butler (11) Hickleton, our favourite Tweeter and sweet swinger, Dan Hacker (0) Straford on Avon, Greg Kemsley (5) Hassocks, barely awake after the trials of a tortuous trip to back from Spain, Jon Hall (3) Headingley and finally another ‘new boy’ Jim Davidson (11) Loudoun Gowf. Near misses on 29pts included our host Simon Newland (4)…

Please view full scores here.

If you weren’t at Hoylake you missed a treat. Our thanks as always go to the Club, Council and Members for their generosity in allowing us to stage another GCS event at this most historic of venues. Those visiting the Club for the first time were universally in awe of the displays of Club and Country memorabilia that line the Club’s hall.

Our thanks go to Simon, Louise, Sean, John and everyone else for their warm and very professional welcome; it is about attention to detail. All were impressed.

The Billy Cotton Band Show

The GCS Supporters were out in force. Dean Poynter of Eagle ‘qualified’ with 31pts. Paul Mainstone and Dave Myers of Sawted ensured that not only did you know which tee you were off but that the event was definitely going ahead… finally The GCS’s own (almost) Jezz Ellwood continued his good form with 31pts (third). Thanks too to Bob King of BRS/Teeofftimes and John Hayes of Marsh. Last but by no means least the ‘Head Girl’, Diana Fisher, without whom no would have known what was happening and wouldn’t have enjoyed Philip’s chocolate

IF you enjoyed it come and do it again. Space everywhere and the ‘Race to Formby’ is not yet half run…

The 22nd Open Championship entry form


Wildernesse GC – Thursday, 12th October 2017

A brilliantly sunny day, shirt sleeve order for many, for round two of The GCS – 22nd Open Championship at Wildernesse, produced excellent scoring even off the Whites.

The Race to Formby – round two

The winner was ‘new boy’ Steve Gledhill (10) West Kent with an excellent 38pts, on count back from host deputy secretary Tom Scott (9) Wildernesse. The 19th (Hillside) Open Champion (doesn’t time fly) Alan Davey (7) Pyecombe came third with 36pts. The fourth qualifying spot wen to Steve Armstrong (20) Mid Kent, back in good form with a new knee, on 35pts. Our congratulations on reaching the Final at Formby next May.

Please view full scores here.

We were blessed with proper GCS weather, a very warm welcome, delightful course and an exceptional lunch. Our thanks to Andrew Lawrence and Tom Scott our hosts and of course to the Captain, Committee and Members of the Club. With its re-developed clubhouse it is no wonder that Wildernesse is such a popular venue for members and visitors alike.

Thanks too to Paul Mainstone and Dave Myers (sorry about the jacket and tie Dave) of Sawted for looking after the scoring, Phil McInley of Eagle, Nick Eden of BRS/Teeofftimes and John Hayes of supporters Marsh.

Thanks to Majestic Crystal, this year’s prize table has already provoked much favourable comment, not least the Robinsons barley water! Philip recruited an able assistant, Tracey Hodson of Rochford Hundred, for chocolate dispensing – a boost as always.

Finally a very big thank you to Diana Fisher for her secretarial assistance and ensuring that everyone knew it was preferred lies…

Photos and full scores to follow on the website.

Plenty of space at both Gog Magog on 26th October and Moor Park on 30th October – join the race to Formby, let us know?

The 22nd Open Championship entry form


Burnham & Berrow GC – Monday, 2nd October 2017

At 3 a.m. the gale that battered the Dormy House at Burnham & Berrow was sufficient to wake your aged correspondent, even despite the excellence of a ‘birthday’ party night out with several of the contestants at the delightful La Vela in Burnham-on-Sea the previous evening. By the first tee time at 11.00 it was a little better, but I doubt that anyone got up in two at the 1st… The wind was still brutal and by 13.00 the promised rain arrived making conditions simply horrid.

The very worthy winner under these most testing of conditions with an amazing score of 21pts on the back nine alone, was previous Champion (15th Open Championship, Ganton – 2011 ) Matthew Bowman – Ely City, playing off 14… (who would have still won by 2pts if he’d played off 12!). Runner-up was John Hemphrey (5) recently retired secretary at Bearsted, with 33pts.Tim Aggett – Torquay, and one of the Championship’s most loyal supporters, with only a stroke to play with, came third with 32pts. The remaining qualifiers were another in the loyal travelling category, Mike Verhelst (6) – Bury St Edmunds was fourth on 31pts, Mark Evans (3) – Royal North Devon was also on 31pts, whilst Adam Riddle (3) – Royal Ashdown Forest came in with 29pts and the final qualifier, on count back, was Brian Lever (14) – Beccles with 28pts. Congratulations to the qualifiers for the Final at Formby in May 2018 (don’t forget to book your room at the Ramada Plaza) and indeed to everyone who took on the links from their full yardage and made it a true competition.

Please view full scores here.

Our thanks go to Burnham & Berrow’s managing secretary Karen Drake and her team who made us most welcome, especially Bar and Catering Manager Jack, who provided a most welcome carvery after the rigours of the round; not forgetting the Captain, Committee and Members for allowing us the luxury of playing their links, albeit in a near gale! We would love to return in a year when Climate Cooling was less evident.

Thanks too for support from Charlie Swann of BRS/Teeoftimes, Adrian Deakins representing Supporters Marsh, Phil McInley of Eagle (whose cards stood up wonderfully well in the conditions) and of course indefatigable chocolatier and prize provider, Philip Vince of Majestic Crystal– a most welcome site at any time, but particularly on the 9th tee, and this year’s prize table a very impressive and decorative site.

Finally, special thanks to Diana Fisher aka the Head Girl who looked after the ‘front of house’ arrangements superbly.

The 22nd Open Championship entry form


Berkhamsted GC – 10th April 2017

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’.

Hunstanton GC – 3rd April 2017

A splendid and memorable weekend in North Norfolk was blessed with fine weather and two excellent courses King’s Lynn and Hunstanton.

The Mixed Foursomes at King’s Lynn attracted a field of 12 couples from all parts of the UK: Ayrshire, County Durham and Hampshire to home turf.

The winners were Richard Jessop and Marilyn Barter, manager and the Lady President of the host Club, who receiving 15 strokes, amassed 37pts and won by a point from Scott Royal Worlington & Newmarket and Claire Ballentine. Our thanks go to all at King’s Lynn for their warm welcome and in particular House Manager Karl for organising such a delicious buffet lunch.

The following day saw a full field gather at Hunstanton on a day that started overcast but turned into wall to wall sunshine with a stiff breeze into the faces of the competitors on the back nine.

Martin Gillet (5) Hobbs Cross relished the links and the conditions and showed everyone a clean pair of heels to win with 39pts. Jonathan Gaunt (9), (who is single-handedly dealing with the HS2 route at least as far as Whittington Heath GC is concerned!), was runner up on count-back with 37pts from Adam Riddlle (3) Royal Ashdown Forest, a previous qualifier, as was David Cook (14) Moor Park in fourth, also on 37pts. The other qualifiers were David Holmes (12) Prestbury 36pts, Ken Goodwin (5) Prestwick 35pts, Jonathan Moore (4) Royal Cromer 35 pts and Neal Milton (4) Sheringham 34pts.

Our thanks go to William Coker the Captain of the Club (and acting everything!) and all the staff at Hunstanton, especially Jenny and George, for all their help. We were also very pleased to have Hunstanton’s incoming manager Ryan Pudney in the field, playing in his first GCS event.

Several of our invaluable Supporters made the trip to North Norfolk. Jamie Abbott MD of intelligentgolf (who had an excellent score), John Hayes of Marsh, Bob King of Teeofftimes/BRS, Tom Clarke of Golf Monthly, awaiting the start of the cricket season. Sadly we were without Philp Vinceof Majestic Crystal, away on family matters, which meant carry your own chocolate from the start, but the prizes were as well received as ever.

A word of thanks too to Ian Macleod Distillers and Alan Wardrop for their sporting support and the supply of Glengoyne single malt – very special! Visit www.glengoyne.com.

Our thanks to them all – for without them we wouldn’t have The Championship that we do.

Little Aston GC – 29th March 2017

At 7a.m. on 29th March the heavens were open for business over Little Aston, however – prayer mat at the ready – the clouds didn’t exactly roll back but they obliged and it wasn’t until the end of play that the rain returned.

Little Aston is in a truly awesome setting with understandably more security than most Clubs, given its distinguished location. The course was in excellent order, with many of the unwary competitors losing balls in the well stocked borders of the practice putting green whilst practicing putting downhill…

Our host for the day is a formidable golfer and so it proved as Iain Burns (2) Little Aston waltzed round in level par for 38pts – a very worthy winner.

A welcoming winner!
A welcoming winner!

Runner up was a ‘new boy’ to the Championship Paul Jelly (4) Cosby on 37pts. Tony Moon (17) Copt Heath, another first time participant, came third on 36pts. The same score was attained by the ever reliable Dean Poynter (10) Eagle. In fourth place was Ryan Evoy (8) Howley Hall on 35pts. There were three qualifiers on 34pts, Mark Haskell (4) Teignmouth, Marcus Lovelock (3) Henley and Martin Gillett (5) Hobbs Cross. The Final qualifier on 33pts was David Cook (14) Moor Park. Our congratulations to all of them for making it through to Rye for the Final in May. There is still space at Berkhamsted on April 10th and a possible eight places at Hunstanton next Monday? Email your entry to Michael@golfclubsec.co.uk

The day ran like clockwork, everyone on time, excellent bacon sandwiches, coffee (very good), course in enviable order and a delightful lunch to follow, even cream as well as custard on offer with the treacle tart (thank you).
Our thanks go to Iain, who was very gracious and welcoming in his acceptance speech, and his exemplary staff who could not have done more to make us feel welcome.

A great team of Supporters were with us both Tammy Hewins and MD Jamie Abbott of intelligentgolf, Chris O’Hagan flying the Golf Monthly flag and using up more pre-honeymoon brownie points…? Chris Knight and Bob King of Teeofftimes/BRS. Dean we have mentioned with his customary qualifying score. Roger Gillingwater flew the Marsh banner. And finally Mr Selfless, in wellies and with camera, spent his the birthday, in the service of others doling out chocolate whilst playing with his toys. Thank you Philip (Vince – Majestic Crystal) for giving us so much on your special day… and indeed thanks to all who make the Championship what it is – the BEST.


Walton Heath GC (Old) – 9th November 2016

“Great shame about today, at such a high profile event with so many playing, and to be foiled by the weather”

Renaissance GC

You can’t win them all and as we watched the putting green at Walton Heath gradually go under water it was obvious that playing a qualifying event was not an option. In 207 events since the Championship’s inception we have lost fewer than eight to the weather, but yesterday the prayer mat was facing west and not east, as President Elect Trump will also testify.

It was a poor reward for everyone, especially those who had travelled so far, Cornwall probably taking that ‘prize’ and Warwickshire being a particularly difficult drive from and to… whilst Herts was a relative doddle. A dozen or more stalwarts did play a few holes in order to work up an appetite for lunch – around 20 tucking into lunch for 80 our thanks to those who put in a sterling effort on that front! Throughout the wait the Walton Heath staff could not have done more to make us welcome and comfortable (both on and off the course) and our thanks go to Stuart Christie and his Deputy Caroline Edwards (get better soon) for their understanding and prompt ‘handling’ of all the problems, which has enabled us to re-schedule this Regional Qualifying Tournament for Tuesday, 28th March 2018.

Walton Heath GC (Old)
A dozen or more stalwarts did play a few holes in order to work up an appetite for lunch

We will automatically enter your name in the draw for Walton Heath (Old) on that date unless you advise that you cannot make it, in which case we will try and accommodate you somewhere else – Little Aston on the following day March 29th, Hunstanton on April 3rd (with the Mixed competiton at King’s Lynn the day before) and the ‘Last Chance Saloon’ at Berkhamsted on April 10th.

All was not entirely lost however. Our Supporters did a good job of ear bending and getting their message across; John Hayes of Marsh (the results of their photographic competition will be announced shortly), Phil and Harry McInley of Eagle, intelligentgolf’s m/d Jamie Abbott, Chris O’Hagan of Golf Monthly and of course the year’s debutante Philip Vince of Majestic Crystal all had a very worthwhile time with the patient competitors. It will also be good to have Charlie Swann of Teeofftimes/BRS back in the field for March. Paul Jones of Ian Macleod Distillers (Glengoyne amongst other brands) came to meet us and we hope to see more of him and his goodies in the months to come.

This marks the end of our autumn season for the 21st Open – thanks to all who have taken part and driven the miles, all good wishes for the remainder of 2016 and on into 2017!

Walton Heath Golf Club

Seascale GC – 31st October 2016

Shirt sleeve order on the last day of October and in West Cumbria too… whatever next!? Those who were not present at Seascale missed several rare treats. A cracking course in excellent condition, played in beautiful weather (although we didn’t quite get to see the Isle of Man or the full panorama of Lakeland mountains) produced some excellent scoring.


The winner, and who by his own admission drives the ball long and straight, was a perennial Finalist, David Owen (11) Paulton Park with 38pts, which could have been a good few more with a touch more local knowledge. Two previous qualifiers David Morgan (5) Gullane with 35pts and David Towers (7) Kirkby Lonsdale 34pts, came second and third, whilst Steve Boustead (17) Manchester, 34pts and Chris Spencer (6) North Berwick 31pts, two other regular Finalists, claimed their places at the Final at Rye next year. Our congratulations to them and thanks to all who came to Seascale. We were also joined by some local secretarial guests, whom we hope have seen sufficient to ensure that they join in on future occasions…?

Our thanks go to all at the Club for their very warm welcome – Club Captain Mike Cooper, industrious secretary Harry Paterson (who unearthed the White Tee Markers – much to the Davids’ delight!) and hard-working House Manger, Kirsty Johnson, not to mention the generosity of the members in allowing us to stage one of our Regional Qualifying Tournaments over such a beautiful and testing course. We look forward to returning in years to come.

Finally our Supporters, without whom the Championship simply wouldn’t happen. On this occasion we were joined by Bob King of Teeofftimes/BRS and the fully fit Eddie Comerford of Eagle, as well as the Majestic Crystal prize table

Seascale Golf Club

Seascale GC Results

David Owen (11) Poulton Park 38pts
David Morgan (5) Gullane 35pts
David Towers (7) Kirkby Lonsdale 34pts
Steve Boustead (17) Manchester 34pts
Chris Spencer (6) North Berwick 31pts
Bob King (12) Teeofftimes/BRS 31pts
Bill Douglas (6) St Bees 30pts
Jeremy Ellwood (5) Ellwood Golf 30pts
Martin Gillett (5) Hobbs Cross 29pts
Eddie Comerford (1) Eagle 29pts
Margaret Bebington (11) Carus Green 29pts
Alan Feltham (12) 28pts
Neill Ellice (13) Ipswich 27pts

Adrian Dawson (8) Woodcote Park
Michael Coffey (11) The GCS
Mo Brooker (12)
Geoffrey Bartle (18) Cockermouth