Mitchell -Thomson Trophy Champions 2020 – Basildon GC
The competition is open to men who have reached the age of 55 by 1 January in the year of competition and who are members of a club affiliated to the NAPGC. The maximum permitted handicap is 24 (playoff). There are four pairs per team playing aggregate stableford greensomes. In this midweek competition two pairs play at home and two pairs play away. The stroke allowance is as per CONGU recommendations – lower handicap x 0.6 plus higher handicap x 0.4. There are four Areas with the Area winners meeting in the National Final.
REGIONAL FINAL Monday 27th July Draws and Results
THE FOUR AREA WINNERS WHO WILL PLAY IN THE NATIONAL FINAL ARE:
- FARNHAM PARK
- BATCHWOOD HALL
- ROSE HILL B
Final Start Sheet and Results
STAVERTON PARK GOLF CLUB
The Mitchell-Thomson Trophy is a senior competition for players aged 55 or over with a handicap limit of 24. Normally there are 4 pairs per team playing a greensomes aggregate competition with 2 pairs at home and 2 pairs away on a knockout basis in 4 areas and the winning team in each area progressing to the National Final. However, 2020 saw the ‘new normal’ with Covid-19 and the knockout stage was replaced by area finals on Monday 27th July at 4 venues with clubs entering at their choice of area final venue. The winners from each area final went through to the National Final.
The National Final was played at Staverton Park on Monday 7th September as part of the Super Finals weekend. Local rules were in force for coronavirus with relief in bunkers, no handling of flagsticks and, importantly as it turned out, no exchanging of scorecards. Apart from the unraked bunkers the course was in particularly good condition with only light rain to trouble the players.
The 4 qualifying teams were Basildon, Batchwood Hall, Farnham Park ‘A’ and Rose Hill ‘B’.
Played off the gold tees the course is about 6200 yards with a par and SSS of 71. It’s quite hilly with water to negotiate on a quite a few holes. A good test then and although scoring was generally good only 2 pairs managed 40 points. The first Basildon pair of Alan Cable and Richard Duane scored this to get them off to a good start.
In previous finals over the weekend we had discovered that, not allowed to handle scorecards, scores were best checked behind the 18th green with one pair from each team and a scorer thoroughly checking the scores which once agreed were entered by the scorer on a team chart. The lack of clubhouse bar facilities meant that most players were gathered, socially distanced, round the 18th and well aware of the scores needed by the final groups. Basildon were first to complete with a good series of scores so that the last 2 pairs to finish needed in excess of 50 points to win or force a countback. The final pair from Farnham Park, Satinder Sandhu and Harjinder Dhardwar, managed 40 points but Basildon were clear winners with a total of 143 points. With the result established we had a rainy presentation by the 18th green with photos on the putting green afterwards and everyone immediately on their way home.
It was a good day all round and thanks must go to the 4 teams who kept up a good pace. Thanks also go to Les Hasell as starter for the day and to Kathy Maloney on the check-in desk and laptop.