A well presented course and glorious weather was greatly appreciated by all finalists as the Club Championship and Challenge Cup were competed for.
Both semi-finals began at 8:30 with 4th place qualifier John Sharpe taking on top qualifier Tom Rowland. A very close contest took place with Sharpe taking a 4&3 victory with 16 pars and 2 birdies to claim the first final spot. 3rd placed Alan Rigby and 2nd placed Simon Pay also contested a high class game which concluded with a 2&1 victory for Rigby.
The final began at 1:30pm refereed by Ray Feldwick. Rigby took an early lead thanks to par on 1 which was erased immediately by Sharpes birdie on 2. Rigby went two up winning 4 and 5 before Sharpe hit back at 7 with birdie to reduce the deficit. A Par at 8 reestablished Rigbys 2 up lead which he maintained up to 11 where Sharpe almost holed his tee shot to bring the score back to 1 down. The were all tied after 13 thanks to a brave par on 13 by Sharpe before Rigby again opened up a 2 hole lead winning the 14th and 15th and halving with a miraculous bogey on 16. For the second time in the day Rigby took 5 at 17 to setup a final hole shootout. Both players missed right with their tee shots and both left long putts after their chip shots. Sharpe went first and held his 7 footer to leave Rigby needing his 6 footer to claim the title. A nerveless stroke followed and with the ball disappearing in to the hole Alan Rigby claimed the title of Club Champion 2016.
Both John Cheesbrough and Charlie Fletcher have been dropping their handicap preceding the final, with Cheesbrough confirmed as receiving 7 shots in the match, refereed by Mike Burton. Fletcher exploded out of the blocks to take a 3 up lead after 3, courtesy of birdies at 2 and 3 cancelling out Chessbroughs shot advantage. A poor drive from Fletcher on 5 and a duff handed Cheesbrough a way back in after pitching just short of the green in two. Never underestimate Fletcher though, his third to 5 from 160 yards finished 10 feet from the hole and the putt was rolled in to give Fletcher an unexpected half and control of the game with 3 shot holes taken care of. Fletcher would go 5 up early in the back 9 thanks to some fine play and eventually won 5&3 after claiming victory on the 15th hole.
Well done to all finalists, it is a massive achievement getting just getting there, thanks to all those that came and supported and well done Club Champion Alan Rigby and Challenge Cup winner Charlie Fletcher.