BRANDHALL GOLD VASE - HOLLYWOOD GOLF CLUB - 1ST JULY 2015 - REPORT
On the hottest July day since records began, 18 club teams of 5 arrived at Hollywood Golf Club to compete for the 69th running of the Brandhall Gold Vase. The course was in excellent condition thanks to the work put in by Trevor Perry and his greens team, and stood up well to the exceptionally humid conditions.
Play started at 8.00am with the temperature already well in the 20's, and both the temperature and humidity were to continue to rise throughout the day, making playing conditions very uncomfortable. Many players were happy to find their way back into the club house for a well earned drink, with various tales to tell.
The format of the event (best 4 nett scores from the 5 players from each club) made it difficult to tell who was in front during the day, although the first player for the home club (Paul Evans) recorded an early 71 gross, nett 66 which was by far the best score in the first flight of players. As the day wore on it became clear that only a handful of clubs were in with a chance, including Redditch, Bransford, Moseley and The Vale. The Vale were greatly helped by a superb 67 gross from Ben Robinson, or 68 nett off plus one.
As players gathered in the club house waiting for the 5th team player from each club to post their score, it soon became clear that it would be a home win, with nett scores of 74 (John Mangan), 75 (Lee Elson) and 72 (Joe Ryan) to add to Paul Evans 66. The overall total of 287 (one under par) gave Hollywood a clear victory by 15 shots from Redditch.
Will Painter, WUGC President, was joined by Bernie Jeaneret, Hollywood Captain, at the prize presentation. Will thanked the club for hosting the event and producing a course in such superb condition. He asked Bernie to pass on the County's thanks to the green staff, catering staff and bar staff for helping the event run so smoothly. Thanks were also given to County Officials, Dave McDemott, Denis Hayes, and Jim Gray who acted as starters and recorders for the day, with help on recording from Brenda Smith. Referee for the day was Tony Edwards who managed to complete a 9 hour unaided stint.
Posted on 01/07/2015
by Stuart Pritchard