Golf Pros Blog – 23rd June

Greetings from Gary    Thursday, 23 June 2011

Club Championships
Last Saturday, the Men’s Club Championship was played. The main Scratch event was played over 36 holes with the Nett competition over the standard 18. To John Parr’s delight, the much needed rain arrived, giving the course the water it was in desperate need of. Competitors may, however, have had a different view as the rain and strong winds made for a brutal day of golf. This was reflected in the CSS rising to 71. Shaun Hallinan with a fine net 66 battled the elements to win the overall Nett prize. Ben Stevens, nett 67, edged Tim Harris by a shot to win the Divison One prize with Mark Hawkesby coming third with a 69. Other notable scores were Stuart Shire and Geoff Pascoe, both with nett 68 – Stuart winning on a better back 9.  With the first round scoring bunched, it was all to play for to determine this year’s Club Champion. Ryan Pope rose to the top with a fantastic one under par 68 to take a two shot victory over Steve Buzza – after a second round level par 69. 3 shots further back, first round leader Tim Harris came in third place. Rory McIlroy’s incredible US Open performance must have been an inspiring influence, with both Steve Buzza and Ben Stevens having a two on our stroke index one – fifth hole in the second round! The 36 holes was also a qualifier for the Scratch Matchplay, with a score of 152 getting you into the top eight for this knockout competition.

Parker Trophy
On Sunday, Exeter played East Devon at Woodbury in the third round of the Parker Trophy. This Devon County Inter Club Scratch event was a tight affair with East Devon winning 2-1 after beating our top pair of Russell Mayne and Jack Pascoe in extra holes.
After a courageous comeback which extended the match into extra time, they were unfortunately beaten on the 19th. Devon first team regulars, James Dimond and Paul Newcombe, beat Ryan Pope and Ryan Mapp in a low scoring match with the back pair of Steve Buzza and Matt Worthington winning by 1 hole, thanks to four birdies in a row during the middle of their round.

PGA National Club Pros’ Championship
Last week, this Championship took place at the Belfry. Our very own Chris Gill was lying in second place going into the final round. In very windy and wet conditions on Friday, Chris carded a final round 75 to finish in tied fourth position – a very creditable performance! This result means that Chris has now been selected to play for the British Club Pros versus the United States to be played in California in September. Congratulations Chris!

Win Tickets To The Open!
This week, why not take your chance to win 1 of 25 pairs of tickets to this year’s Open Championship at Royal St Georges in July? Kindly sponsored by Nikon, simply click here to enter!

The Open Championship is the oldest for the four majors, and returning to the Royal St Georges after an 8 year absence.