The Regional Qualifying Tournament for The GCS – 23rd Open at The Berkshire proved to be the Perfect Day. Wonderful Club, course, hospitality and above all else exceptionally good scoring.
It was a cloudless early morning and in spite of the inevitable accidents en route play got off to a prompt start
Prizes went to:
First, Greg Kemsley (5) Hassocks a previous qualifier at Worplesdon in the summer with a superb 40pts matched by Stuart Gillet (2) Goodwood, who had also qualified in the summer. Thanks to the generosity of Majestic Crystal and with so many category 1 players in the field, we added an extra prize for the best Gross Score, Stuart’s 70 beating Alex Woodward (+1) Hankley Common on countback with a back nine 36 to 38.
Despite a considerable number of very late call offs, there were nine qualifiers for next year’s Ganton Final:
Phil Bonsall (2) Piltdown 38pts, who received the second prize.
Alex Woodward (+1) Hankley Common 37pts, received the third prize.
Stephen Billings (4) Redlibbets 36pts, received the fourth prize.
Callum Austin (2) Old Fold Manor 35pts.
Murray Cook (7) Fulwell 35pts.
Adrian Dawson (9) 35pts, last week’s retirement suiting him well!
Jim Davidson (11) Loudoun Gowf 34pts and by far the longest traveller.
Darren Murphy (0) Harborne 34pts.
John Douglass (6) Liphook 33pts.
Congratulations to all of them and for those who came very close, there is always PILTDOWN next Monday, where there is an excellent chance of qualification! Enter now and be in the revised draw by the end of the week?
Very many thanks to The Berkshire ‘s‘new boy’ Michael Newland, Adrian Smith and the entire team both on and off the course. The members probably do know how fortunate they are and equally probably the jealousy of others! It is always a privilege and one that we both enjoy and appreciate; thank you and hopefully we will be able to return in a few years’ time.
The supporters, without whom the Championship wouldn’t exist, certainly not for 23 years, were unsurprisingly out in force. Liam Burns and Phil McInley (34pts – well played) of Eagle, whose cards always tell an interesting story. Craig Higgs and Paul Mainstone (helpful photographer) of Golf Genius whose scoring system proved to be unequalled giving us every stat we could wish for, gross scores included and who appreciated prompt scorecard delivery. Richard Dixon of BRS/Teeofftimes. Tim Read of Golf Car UK who kept the competitors watered throughout the round. David Miller (+3) head of Sport at Bluefin Sport and the second furthest traveller from Edinburgh, produced an excellent score of 33pts and finally engraver to the stars, Philip Vince of Majestic Crystal, who succumbed to a very nasty migraine, but battled back to see the crystal distribution…
Thanks to everyone, WE had a great day.
Take a chance and enter now… PILTDOWN, DELAMERE FOREST or SHERWOOD FOREST and make it to GANTON next May.