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Tiley hangs on to clinch BP3 title

Steven Tiley has won this year’s Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship following a dramatic final day at Nailcote Hall. Tiley scored -6 on the Cromwell Course to clinch victory and the €50,000 prize that comes with it.

The Challenge Tour player, and former European Tour star, went into the final day as the overnight leader following a fantastic opening round in which he scored -3 to put himself in contention.

In the end it came down to a straight shootout between Tiley and EuroPro star Andrew Marshall. There was only one stroke in it with Marshall ruing the double bogey he scored on the 3rd.

European Tour star, Aaron Rai and 2013 Norma C Herd Silver Salver winner, Craig Lawrie, put themselves into contention, and they along with Tiley found themselves on the same score, and the prospect of a play-off, loomed large.

However, Lawrie fell away after bogeying on the 13th eventually finishing on -4 and when it looked like Rai could go on to triumph after scoring a magnificent hole-in-one, his round ended with a double bogey on the final hole in front of the grandstand, a hole he has struggled with all day.

Speaking of his first ever Farmfoods British Par 3 championship victory, he said: “It was great to play out there today, Andrew put in a fantastic performance to keep me on my toes. Also, my playing partner Craig Lawrie put in a great performance. It is always good to go into battle with people who are also playing well. I’d like to thank the event organisers Champions (UK) plc, a lot of things go on behind the scenes at tournaments to make them run smoothly and this event certainly runs smoothly. Also a big thank you to the event host, Tony Jacklin CBE, I’ve read his autobiography before and digged it out again last night for some inspiration. Also a big thank you to Rick and Sue Cressman, Nailcote Hall is a wonderful venue and it is always a wonderful place to play at.”

Italian golfing legend, Costantino Rocca, put in a great final round, and at one stage he looked like he was going to take the lead, before a bogey on the last saw him fall away with a score of -2, but he was pipped to the Super Senior title by Mark McNulty on -3.

Today also saw the event’s first hole-in-one take place courtesy of Staysure Tour star Gary Wolstenholme MBE. He also scored the lowest round of the week so far with a -6 on the day. The Norma C Herd Silver Salver which is awarded to the days best scoring amateur went to David Nelson who ended on +4 finishing  ahead of Monday’s junior qualifier Nick Matthews who ended on +10. There was also a team aspect of the day with Marshall and Sverdlow taking victory in this.

Tomorrow sees this year’s event come to its conclusion as the celebrities take to the course once more for the final Celeb-Am. The stars taking to the course tomorrow include BBC news and sport presenter, Dan Walker, Geordie Shore star Gary ‘Gaz’ Beadle, Coronation Street legend William Roache MBE, former Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman and badminton star Gail Emms MBE.

A whole host of sponsors are supporting this year’s event. Once again, the event’s title sponsor is nationwide supermarket Farmfoods, with leading brand agency Champions (UK) plc returning as event organisers. Other event partners include Nailcote Hall, Volvik, The Eagle Tour, Sky Sports Golf, Liberty Industries Group, Total Motion, Inspirational Magazine, Finest Catch, Sub70 Golf, Champions Celebrity Talent Agency, VPAR, Thomas Lyte, Champions After Dinner Speakers and Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

Stay up to date with all the latest from Nailcote Hall with our social channels, you can find us @BritishPar3 or stay tuned to the website http://britishpar3.com/

For more information about this year’s Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship, get in touch with Conor Davies at Champions (UK) plc on 08453 31 30 31 or email cdavies@championsukplc.com

 

 

Army Golf Association (West Midlands)

The Army Golf Association (AGA) was established in 1974 to include Officers and Soldiers serving in the Army, regular or retired. Reserves were introduced in 2011 and to date including the civilians based in Army establishments, the AGA has 1800 members.

The AGA (WM) society was started in 2016 and in its debut year plus last year’s events has built up its numbers to 98 golfers. It has an active following on Facebook and is looking to expand its calendar to include some match plays against other clubs and societies.

At present seven meetings per annum are held to include the season opener, spring, summer, autumn and winter meets plus a matchplay event (including a plate competition) and a team of six enter the AGA Inter-Regional event held nationally.

This year the season opener took place at Calderfields G&CC in March with the spring meeting recently held at Shifnal GC, and the summer meet will be at the Shropshire GC in July. The matchplay is in its early rounds with the finals to be held at Beau Desert later in the summer. The autumn and winter meetings are yet to be confirmed.

SSgt Aidi Bennett and Sgt Marcus Murcott are the secretaries for the AGA (WM) society and where possible would welcome some sponsorship and new members.

Contact details email: wmsec@armygolf.co.uk

 

 

 

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Pride of the Midlands


Coming soon – this autumn or spring 2019 –  MG will be bringing the rivalry and tension
of football supporting on to the golf course as we’re opening up Stonebridge GC for an event probably never seen before.

We’re looking for fans of 18 Midlands based football clubs to get together a fourball to compete against their traditional football rivals from the region in a loosely based stableford competition with more than a few quirks. Eventually we’ll crown a champion club, plus other team and individual winners too. All 18 tees on the Blythe and Hampton courses will be bedecked in one team’s colours as every football club will have a ‘home’ tee. Plus we’ll introduce something directly involving each club’s traditional local rival as well to increase the rivalry factor even further. There will be many other quirks and mini competitions held on the day too – this will be far from a normal golfing competition.

The basic details are as follows:

Registration – Bridge Suite plus Bacon Rolls/Coffee/Tea on arrival at 9.30 am

Shotgun start Blythe/Hampton courses 11 am

Late afternoon two course dinner

Prize presentation

Cost – £33 per player

We are looking for golfers to represent the following football clubs:

WBA – Wolves – Aston Villa – Birmingham City – Notts Forest – Notts County – Derby County – Burton – Leicester City – Coventry City – Shrewsbury Town – Walsall – Kidderminster Harriers – Northampton Town – Mansfield – Chesterfield – Stoke City – Port Vale

If you are a fan of one of these clubs or a society with strong allegiances to one of the above, we want to hear from you.

Dress code – All players are encouraged to wear football club polo shirts and also bring scarves, hats, pennants, flags etc to decorate their home tees.

Main prize – a fourball trip to Ireland courtesy of Club Choice Ireland

Further details to come but we’re taking applications to play in this event now. Please fill in the expression of interest form below and we’ll get back to you with confirmation of entry in due course.

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