The second NAPGC Super Finals weekend (and a day!) moved to Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire for 2016. The venue was chosen for its central location and for the fact that it has three superb courses which meant that the NAPGC could have sole use of the Green Course for all its finals. The course was in very good condition and proved a good test for all the finalists. The Green course is relatively short at less than 6000 yards off the white tees and a par 69 but the scoring in all finals was testament to the difficulty of the course. The Hawtree Final for 2016 reverted to its former format of four area finalist’s competing for the title. The first scores in left Huntswood and Basildon tied for the lead with Wishaw and Richmond Park a few points off the pace. Huntswood were sole leaders after the second scores were in. However it all changed with the third pairings posting their scores. A magnificent 37 points by the Basildon pairing of Graham & Carole Hammond meant that they were in the lead with the outcome being decided by the final pairing between Richmond Park and Basildon. Richmond Parks’ final pairing of Veronica Mitchell and James Barker almost did it but their score of 39 points, the best of the day, meant that they came up just short leaving Basildon worthy winners on 131 points. Richmond Park were runners up with 130 points, Huntswood third with 125 points with Wishaw fourth on 116 points.
Hawtree Winners Baslidon Runners up Richmond Park
Following on from the Hawtree Trophy Final came the Siemens Bowl Final. Again four area finalists were competing for the title. Tilgate Forest and Wycombe Heights were the early leaders with scores of 40 and 41 points respectively. Tilgate Forest were the steadiest team with the last pairing of Colin Sterling –Jones and Nick Tonks scoring a mind blowing 45 points! It is no wonder that Tilgate Forest have now won the title three years in a row. They won the competition with 163 points with Rose Hill picking up the runners up spot with 153 points. Wycombe Heights finished third with 141 points and Basildon for this competition finishing fourth with 123 points
Tilgate Forest winners again Runners up Rose Hill
The day dawned bright and sunny for the Sunday Clapham Common Shield and Ellis Cup final. Following requests from clubs the competition returned to its traditional six pair format with the number of clubs entering being the same as 2015. Most pairs in this final were hopeful of achieving 36 points. Many did but the average over the 36 pairs was 35! Best score was 44 points by Gary Middleton and Alan Risby from Chingford. The pace of play was excellent with pairs coming in one after another with no gaps. The results could not have been better even if they had been scripted with Ruislip 11 points ahead of Basildon after two pairs. Basildon chipped away at the deficit and after five pair’s results their team was a point ahead and with the last match containing the sixth pair from Ruislip and Basildon it was all set for a cliff hanger finish. Basildon held their nerve to win with 222 points with Ruislip winning the Ellis Cup with 217 points.
Basildon winners of the Clapham Common Shield Ruislip winners of the Ellis Cup
The Ladies Whitewebbs Final was the second final of the day, contested between the teams from Wishaw and Abbey Hill. The Wishaw pairing won the first match in this match play competition 3&2.The second match went to the 18th hole with Abbey Hill needing to win it to force a sudden death play off. Unfortunately they were unable to prolong the match with Wishaw winning both matches to take the Whitewebbs Shield for 2016.
Wishaw winners of the Whitewebbs Shield Runners up Abbey Hill
Three competition finals were played on the Monday – the last day of our "weekend". First off were the inaugural Finals of the Men's and Ladies match play competitions.Having fought their way through 4 previous rounds from local level through to National Semi-finals, seeing off the other 29 teams along the way the Ladies final was contested by the Ladies of Wishaw GC & Easthampstead GC. A close battle ensued throughout the round culminating in a nail biting finish on the 18th green where the Easthampstead Ladies came out on top.
Ladies Matchplay Champions Easthampstead Wishaw Matchplay runners up.
The Men's Final was just as close. Contested by Rose Hill and Tilgate Forest, both of whom had fought through four previous rounds, the match saw Rose Hill take an early lead in all three matches. However Tilgate Forest mounted a comeback on the back 9 to eventually tie the match. This called for a sudden death playoff with Tilgate Forest eventually victorious after the first extra hole.
Tilgate Forest Matchplay Champions Rose Hill Matchplay runners up
The last Final of this Super Weekend was the Seniors Mitchell-Thomson Trophy. The four qualifying teams were Basildon, Queens Park, Rodway Hill and Ruislip with four pairs representing each club in a stableford greensomes team aggregate competition.Despite the rain all eight fourballs were round in very good time. Scoring in this final proved difficult with 36 points the highest score of the first eight pairs. The later scores were slightly better and with one round of scores to come, Queens Park led Ruislip by 2 points. The very last Ruislip pair managed 37 points to give them a total of 143 points to win the championship by 3 points from Queens Park. Rodway Hill were a close third. Basildon fared less well but did have a player taken ill in the first group out -he is now on the mend.
Ruislip winners of the Mitchell – Thompson Trophy
Thanks go to all the NAPGC representatives who attended the finals weekend and ensured that everything ran smoothly. Also a huge thank you also to Tony Zendle and Ian & Christine Bishop our EGU referees during the weekend. We look forward to returning to Frilford Heath in 2017.