Frilford Heath once again welcomed the NAPGC finalists for our now customary finals weekend. The Green Course was used on all three days for all the Finals -shorter than the Red and Blue courses but nevertheless just as tricky. The greens were in superb condition and although the weather was changeable the promised thunderstorms didn’t materialise.The Hawtree mixed greensomes competition started the weekend off with three of the four teams participating having reached the 2016 final. Runners up last year Richmond Park were in a determined mood and their first pairing of John Cooper & Susan Smith scored a magnificent 44 points -the best score of the day. Rose Hill valiantly tried to close the gap but in the end fell 6 points short – the difference between their top score and that of Richmond Park. The battle was on for third and fourth place with Basildon (last years winners) beating Huntswood on count back. John Cooper & Susan Smith, Peter Osgood & Cheryl Woodhouse, Roger Rojas & Jayne Maxwell, Nigel Gaymond & Sheena Harrington
HAWTREE WINNERS 2017 RICHMOND PARK
John Cooper & Susan Smith, Peter Osgood & Cheryl Woodhouse,
Roger Rojas & Jayne Maxwell, Nigel Gaymond & Sheena Harrington
RUNNERS UP ROSE HILL
Andy Beard & Carole Harvey, Emmett McNamee & Karen Gillman,
Martin Smith & Kerry Frost, Steve Frost & Helen Clegg
The Siemens Bowl (formerly High Handicap) competition was next out on the course with Belhus Park, Rose Hill, Thorney Park and Tilgate Forest contesting this final.The format for the competition is better-ball pairs and the scoring all round was solid averaging around 38 points per pair. With one pair to come in from each team there were only four points between first and third place. The last pair from Rose Hill posted the best score of the day with 42 points meaning that the final Thorney Park pairing needed 41 points to win the title. To their great credit the final pair, Ian Carter and Martin St John managed that to give Thorney Park the championship with a team total of 157 points to the 156 points of Rose Hill.
SIEMENS BOWL WINNERS 2017 THORNEY PARK
Malcom Smith & Maurice Dymoff, Colin Moss & Alex Maltman,
Andy Watts & Liam Ryan , Ian Carter & Martin St John
RUNNERS UP ROSE HILL
Les Carter & Martin Cox, John Dixon & Mark Homans,
Steve Barnes & Aiden Killeen, Sanjay Mangoo & Mark Butcher
The second day of the Finals weekend saw the conclusion of the Clapham Common competition for men and the Whitewebbs competition for the Ladies. As for Saturday the weather remained good with just the odd shower. The men’s competition was played first – in 2016 the winning total was 222 with a best pair score of 43 points. This year Crookhill Park in their first NAPGC Team final for many years recorded 230. Their first pair scored 34 points and their subsequent pairs each improved as they came in. Their last pair Chris Trow and Ricky Chesters recording 44 points. Abbey Hill who were in their first Clapham final recorded 218 points finishing in second place beating Ruislip 99 to 95 on countback to win the Ellis Cup. Teams from Cheshunt, Birchwood Park and Basildon took the minor placings.
CLAPHAM COMMON WINNERS 2017 CROOKHILL PARK
Peter Cator & David Kirham, Michael Burke & Vincent Burns
Karl Freeman & Tony Leach, Robin Sedgeley & Shaun Wright
Simon Tyas & Neil MacMaster, Chris Trow & Ricky Chesters
ELLIS CUP WINNERS 2017 ABBEY HILL
Neil Lindop & Danny Maddox, Ben Massey & Dave Gimore,
Vincent Edwards & Martin Bentley, Mark Evans & Callum Cooper
David Willis & Alan Bennett, Shaun Creighton & Ian Dearn
A change in format for 2017 from matchplay to betterball meant that four Ladies teams were at Frilford for the Whitewebbs final – two from Easthampstead and one from each from Hainault and Wishaw. Julie Finegan & Fiona Stokes from Hainualt scored an incredible 46 points -indeed six out of the eight pairings scored 37 or more points! With the second Hainult pair scoring 39 points the other teams could not match them and the new Whitewebbs Trophy went to the Essex club. Last years winners Wishaw had to settle for the runners up spot this time around.
WHITEWEBBS WINNERS 2017 HAINAULT RUNNERS UP WISHAW
Julie Finegan,Fiona Stokes,Mel McLaren Julie Parrott Vicky Haden,Barbara Kelsey, Jayne Proud,Susan Franklin
On the third day of our “weekend” the Senior men had centre stage for their Mitchell -Thomson Final. Blustery and showery weather resulted in average scoring for the finalists from Basildon, Crookhill Park, Ruislip and Southsea. Ruislip’s team managed the conditions better than their rivals with two of their pairs matching the best score of the day which was the 39 points from Basildon. Ruislip’s remaining pairs scored steadily leaving them worthy winners ahead of Basildon. Southsea finished two points ahead of Crookhill Park to claim the third place.
MITCHELL-THOMSON WINNERS 2017 RUISLIP
Larry Hancock & John Sloper, Mark Barrett & Cederic Roberts
Bob Jeffery & Lee Rea, Gordon Thorne & Ray Thomas
RUNNERS UP BASILDON
George Eaton & Stephen Mountford, Derek Entwistle & Ron Covey
Alan Cable & Fred Hill, Graham Hammond & Paul Entwistle
The 3rd day of NAPGC Finals Weekend saw the culmination of the four Matchplay Finals including the two new weekday competitions. In the Ladies Betterball Matchplay we were treated to an exciting finish when Liz Merryman & Jill Tranter from Cannock Park Ladies came back from 2 down with 2 to play to eventually lose to Violeta Laraya & Diane Wallace from Haste Hill on the first extra hole. The new Toprock Bowl weekday Ladies Greensomes Matchplay was sportingly fought out by Rose Hook & Diana Hawkins from Rodway Hill and Ellen Fermie & Cat Gemmell from Moore Place A with Rodway Hill being the eventual eventual winners.
WINNERS LADIES BETTERBALL MATCHPLAY 2017
Violeta Laraya & Diane Wallace
WINNERS TOPROCK BOWL
LADIES GREENSOMES MATCHPLAY 2017
Rose Hook & Diana Hawkins
In the Men’s Team Matchplay returnees to the NAPGC Crookhill Park showed off their skills to beat Thorney Park A 2½ to ½ in a closely fought match.
WINNERS MEN’S TEAM MATCHPLAY 2017
The final match of the day saw the father & son pairing of Ray & Anthony Benson from Tilgate Forest beat Steve Meacham & Steve Cotterell from Cannock Park 4 & 3 in the new Men’s Weekday competition – The Toprock Salver.
WINNERS TOPROCK SALVER
Ray Benson & Anthony Benson
Thanks go to all the NAPGC representatives who attended the weekend and ensured that everything ran smoothly and to the EG referees Peter Andrews, Ian & Christine Bishop and Stuart Church along with Pat Clasby who made sure that they were on hand with any rulings that were needed. We now look foward to next year’s competitions with a return to Frilford Heath in 2018.