Monday dawned cloudless if chilly, but by the time play commenced at 09.30 the dress code was under stress, from several layers to shorts!
Scoring was outstanding with Dean Poynter (10) of Eagle coming close to The GCS all-comers all time record with a magnificent 41pts. Dean, as a loyal supporter over many years, was presented with the first prize in recognition of his great score. Second was a previous Qualifying Tournament winner Steve Boustead (16 – not in the Final!?) Halifax West End, with 40pts. Another Regional Qualifying Tournament winner and life-time supporter of the Championship, Keith Fisher (15) Rowlands Castle, aided as ever by Diana, was third with 38pts. They have been installed as Championship favourites by Paddy Power.
The first of the ‘Last Chance Saloon’ qualifiers, was another veteran of the Championship, Martyn Senior (7) who for many years looked after a number of IT/website matters for The GCS, who had another wonderful, if shaded score, of 38pts. Past Champion and previous qualifier Neill Ellice (13) Ipswich, our most travelled competitor, came fourth with 34pts. Alan Feltham (13) Royal Southern YC, who has recently transferred from land to sea, was the second of the qualifiers, again with 34pts, the same score as another previous qualifier Martin Gillett (5) Hobbs Cross. On 32pts was Brian Lever (10) Great Yarmouth & Caister, another of the great travelling support; he too had qualified previously. Then, some way down the results list, came the remaining qualifiers, all on 31pts, Julie Ruscoe (13) Colchester, Lord Sidcup aka Steve Armstrong (20) Sidcup and tail end Christopher – Chris Spencer (5) North Berwick. They all thought it had been very worthwhile making the journey, our congratulations; they can now add Southport rock to that of Skegness. Our commiserations to those who made the journey but didn’t make it… get in early for the 20th Open?
Our thanks go to host Secretary, Graham Brader, whose father held the Seacroft secretarial post some fifteen years ago, for all his efforts and those of his most helpful staff, on our behalf. The catering staff served excellent bacon sandwiches (established as firm favourite now, over rolls!) and the most delicious and ginormous, fish and chips. Superb! Our thanks too to the Captain, Committee and members, including the two ladies who teed off immediately ahead of our start times, for their generosity in allowing us to take over Seacroft for most of the day….
Pace of play, wasn’t bad, with great credit going to the final fourball, which included a buggy borne Barry Gibbs – Insuractive, (making a welcome return to the Championship after a period in the wilderness and for ankle surgery), for more than keeping up with the three ball ahead.
Finally, thanks to all our supporters, without whom the Championship would simply not happen. Richard Barker of Teeofftimes.co.uk, who found Skegness a little further away than he thought! Paul (and Carole) Mainstone – Keystone, without whom the scoring, photography (you begin to understand what the Duchess of Cambridge has to put up with, when there are paparazzi on the 1st tee…) and assistant chocolate dispenser, would be a complete shambles. Dean who has deservedly had his mention. The ‘boys’ from Golf Monthly were so busy working on their Christmas special they couldn’t make the trip this time, but they were sorely missed and Seacroft would have climbed their rankings had they been in attendance. Last, but by no means least, Philip, whose prizes and chocolate have propped up the Championship since day one. Thank you! Competitors please support them, you know which side your bread is buttered…
There is ‘no show without Punch….’ But in our case there is definitely order and clam thanks entirely to Viv!
|41 pts (10)||Overall Winner||Away|
Halifax West End
|40 pts (16)||Overall Runner-Up||Away|
|38 pts (15)||Overall 3rd||Away|
Golf Club Secretary
|38 pts (07)||Overall 4th||Away|
|34 pts (13)||Overall 5th||Away|
|34 pts (13)||Overall 6th||Away|
|34 pts (05)||Overall 7th||Away|
Great Yarmouth & Caister
|32 pts (12)||Overall 8th||Away|
|31 pts (13)||Overall 9th||Away|