Having qualified via different routes, Longcliffe had representatives in no less than five out the seven possible finals. An impressive display of our competitive spirit.
On Monday 13th, Ricky and Rebecca Wood, Wayne Partridge and Shaun Taylor competed in the Travelbag Team Championship Final having made the grade at Stratford Park. Despite good course conditions on Frilford’s Blue course, the greens were slick and the team narrowly missed out on qualifying to play in Florida by six points.
Wednesday 15th saw the Senior Series Final take place on the Red course. A mixed singles competition, Jane Ackling finished 9th out of 120 competitors at Worksop in June to go qualify. On the day, supported by caddy husband Steve, Jane had a promising 19 points on the front 9 but ran out of steam and finished with a creditable 32 points. Jane was placed 23rd out of 61, 3rd best lady.
As the EG Medal winner for 2017, Rachel Miller qualified 9th at Burton on Trent in May in order to play in the Bridgestone Women’s Trophy Final on Thursday 16th. Conditions were wet early in the round but Rachel managed to secure a nett 77. Nett 75 qualified through to the next round which means the 4 putt on the 16th will probably haunt Rachel for a little while yet! Overall she was placed 18th in a field of 60.
On Friday 17th August, Blake Francis (also the EG Medal winner for 2017) competed in Bridgestone’s Men’s Trophy Final having qualified with an impressive round to finish top of the Midlands region. Also playing on Frilford’s Red course, Blake got off to a flying start but lost momentum on the tricky greens with some difficult pin positions. Blake finished a commendable 25th out of 60 finalists.
In the English Junior Champion Club Final, the team of Chris Mee, Oli Devonport and Will Adamek have previously been mentioned as the successes of the week. The three boys competed over 2 days to secure an outstanding 4th place overall. Great to see such achievement in the future of the club.
Overall, the feedback from all competitors has been echoed. A fantastic, well organised event at a highly recommended course. For most of this week, expenses and practice rounds were all paid for allowing for a fantastic out-of-county experience.
All of this year’s participants encourage everyone to keep track of the qualifying rounds in 2019 (englandgolf.org) and get involved. They certainly will be!
Well done and thank you to everyone involved last week – competitors, caddies, family. A truly successful week for Longcliffe.