The final NAPGC event of the year was held on 1st October on the Eden Course at St Andrews. The UK Public Course Championships started back in the spring with a club stableford competition. Seven regional finals for both men and women followed at various venues across the country enabling 93 players to come and play one of the St Andrews Links courses.With the Old Course being set up with grandstands, leader boards and TV towers for the Dunhill Links Championship the following week the whole of the area feels just that little bit more special. Practise rounds on the Saturday were played in sunny conditions with a light breeze. How different for the Sunday! Those teeing off at 7.30am escaped the worst weather but miraculously the forecasts changed mid morning and we were spared the heavy downpours and 40mph winds. Indeed by the end of the day the sun was out but with the winds starting to strengthen it was decided to hold the presentation of prizes inside the Eden Clubhouse. The Chairman of the NAPGC Colin Ballantyne presented the prizes to the winners having seen them all off earlier in the day on the first tee.
The overall nett winner for the men was Bill Sproul (Hoebridge) whose score of 45 points was easily the best score of the day. Jane Britton (Wimbledon Common) won the Ladies title with 40 points.
UKPCC NETT CHAMPIONS 2017 BILL SPROUL and JANE BRITTON
The UKPCC Gross Champion was Steve Green (Rose Hill) with 35 gross points with last years champion Steve Meacham having to settle for the runners up spot in 2017. In the Ladies competition Alex Cram (Easthampstead) won on count back with 24 points
UKPCC GROSS CHAMPIONS 2017 STEVE GREEN and ALEX CRAM
STEVE MEACHAM GROSS RUNNER UP
Thirty one players contested the Men's Division 1 title for handicaps up to 10. Fourth place was taken by Pete Harrison of Richmond Park, with Jack McPhail (St Helens) already a winner in the Junior championships earlier in the year, taking third.Two players shared the top score of 38 points with Phil Chester (Little Hay) beating Adam Lilley (Warley Woods) on count back.
DIVISION 1 WINNER PHIL CHESTER DIVISION 1 THIRD PLACE JACK McPHAIL
Some of the best scoring of the day came from the Men's Division 2 for handicaps 11-16, with twenty two players battling for the honours. Jerry Clarke (Little Hay) was the eventual winner here with 42 points from Stuart Bennett (Hoebridge) on 41 points. Ken Curtis (Brent Valley) took third place with a creditable 39 points.
DIVISION 2 WINNER JERRY CLARKE STUART BENNETT KEN CURTIS
With Bill Sproul having taken the overall title the winner of Men's Division 3 (17-28 handicap) was last year's nett champion Jon Britchford from Tilgate Forest with 34 points beating his team mate Haydon Comber by one point.
DIVISION 3 WINNER JON BRITCHFORD HAYDON COMBER
The Ladies Championship was in doubt right to the very end with the best scores of the day coming in with the last few groups. The Division 1 Champion was Andrea Keeble from Trent Park scoring 34 points from Hazel Rogers (Easthampstead) with 33 points. Anne Shackleton (36 h/cap) won Division 2 on count back from Catherine Hamilton-Plant both scoring an excellent 37 points.
DIVISION 1 DIVISION 2
ANDREA KEEBLE HAZEL ROGERS ANNE SHACKLETON CATHERINE HAMILTON-PLANT
Our thanks go as always to the R & A for letting us hold this marvelous event on the Eden Course and to all the staff there who are so very helpful and for whom nothing is too much trouble. Our referee for the second year was Alan Cowie who kept an eye on proceedings, finding the odd stray ball here and there and offering advice where needed. Above all the people who make this competition so great are the competitors. There are those who have been a part of this competiton for many years and there are others for whom this has been their first experience of the St Andrews links. Hopefully all will take part again next year. If you would like details of how your club can enter please contact the NAPGC Secretary for more details.
Full results can be seen on the UKPCC pages of the website