Club Championship & Challenge Cup – 2016

A well presented course and glorious weather was greatly appreciated by all finalists as the Club Championship and Challenge Cup were competed for.

Club Championship

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-19-51-28Both 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.

Challenge Cup

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-19-53-14Both 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.

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