Siemens Bowl Champions 2020 – High Elms GC
A team competition open to men who are members of clubs affiliated to the NAPGC. A Club Team will comprise of eight players, four players must have playing handicaps of 19+. All pairs to play 18 holes Better Ball Stableford. Two pairs will play at home and two pairs will play away and the team score is the aggregate of the home and away points. All matches will be played from the appropriate medal tees.
Players are entitled to ninety percent (90%) of their playing handicap.
Teams will normally be placed in one of three Areas ( one in Midlands/North and two in the remainder of the country) with the Area winners meeting in the final.
REGIONAL FINAL Sunday 26 July 2020 Draws and Results
AREA 2 SOUTHSEA
SOUTHSEA (158) V TILGATE FOREST (140)
THE FIVE AREA WINNERS WHO WILL PLAY IN THE NATIONAL FINAL ARE:
- HIGH ELMS
- WYCOMBE HEIGHTS
- ROSE HILL
Final Start Sheet and Results
STAVERTON PARK GOLF CLUB – SATURDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER 2020
The Siemens Bowl was originally introduced as a high handicap team competition with 4 pairs per team of 19 or higher handicap. This stipulation has been relaxed in recent years to allow some players between 16 and 19 handicap and also to allow teams to keep players whose handicaps improve to below these limits. Normally this competition is played on a knockout basis in 4 areas with teams of 4 pairs playing betterball on an aggregate basis with 2 pairs at home and 2 pairs away. The winning team in each area progresses to the National Final. However, 2020 saw the ‘new normal’ with Covid-19 and the knockout stage was replaced by 5 area finals on Sunday 26th July at 5 venues with one team per club entering at their choice of venue. The winners from each area final went through to the National Final.
The National Final was played at Staverton Park on Saturday 5th September as part of the Super Finals weekend. Local rules were in force for coronavirus with relief in bunkers, no handling of flagsticks and no exchanging of scorecards. Apart from the unraked bunkers the course was in particularly good condition and we had good golfing weather.
The 5 qualifying teams were High Elms, Hoebridge, Rose Hill, Southsea, and Wycombe Heights. Played off the gold tees the course is about 6200 yards with a par and SSS of 71. The course is quite hilly with water to negotiate on quite a few holes and particularly on the finishing hole. The scoring was generally good with 2 pairs scoring 42 points and most of the others well over 30 points.
Over the course of the afternoon we discovered that, not allowed to handle scorecards, scores were best checked behind the 18th green with one pair from each team and Stuart Cella as referee thoroughly checking the scores which once agreed were entered by Stuart on an accumulating score 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. With one group to go Wycombe led with a total score of 152 points from Rose Hill on 151. Only High Elms in the final group could reasonably catch Wycombe and needed 38 points to win or 37 for a countback. That final card was checked quite a few times by both pairs and Stuart until it was finally agreed that the High Elms final pair indeed had 37 points and a win on countback from Wycombe Heights. The presentation was made in the bar area and photos taken for the website.
It was a good day all round and thanks must go to the golfers who kept up a good pace. Thanks also go to Stuart as referee for the day and score checker; Kathy Maloney on the check-in desk and laptop and Neil Jennings for his all-round involvement.