The Gordon and Mary Forster Bowl Finals made a welcomed return to Cherwell Edge GC in Oxfordshire for the first NAPGC Finals of 2017. The course was in great condition and with the sun shining there was some very good individual scoring across both finals. The EG referee for the day was Stewart Church – fortunately apart from two rulings his day was relatively easy with no one getting into serious trouble.
Five Ladies teams had battled through the winter months to reach the Final and for two teams, Wimbledon and Belfairs, it was their first appearance in an NAPGC Final. Scoring in this three player stableford competition was generally high with a top score of 39 points achieved by Lyn Atherton (ELGC), Madge Corbitt (Wimbledon) and Jill Tranter (Cannock Park).The eventual winners were Easthampstead (Lyn Atherton 39, Sam Cook 37 and Karen Foan 33) with a total of 109 points who beat Richmond Park ( Lia Donath 37, Val Riziotis 36 and Susan Smith 33) by three points.
Easthampstead Winners of the Mary Forster Bowl 2017 Richmond Park Runners up.
There were nine teams competing in the Men's Gordon Forster Bowl Final. With three teams from Tilgate Forest and two from Ruislip there was the added attraction of some club bragging rights! The best individual score of the whole day came from Steve Meacham (H/cap 2) who came in with a very impressive 40 points. His team from Cannock Park were beaten by one point for runners up spot by the Tilgate Forest 4 Tops who scored a total of 138 points (Chris Hasell 34, Colin Stirling-Jones 31,Les Hasell 35 and Dave Beattie 38). However it was another Tilgate Forest team The Newbies (Jon Britchford 33, Neill Jonas 33, Ian Kirk 37 and Simon Spring 37) who took home the Gordon Forster Bowl with a combined score of 140 stableford points.
Gordon Forster Bowl Winners Tilgate Forest Newbies Runners up Tilgate Forest 4 Tops
If you would like your club to enter this winter competition and reach the 2018 Final then please look out for the entry forms in September or contact the organiser Les Hasell (firstname.lastname@example.org)