Gordon Bailey wins 2013 England Golf Captains Final
2013 England Golf Captains Final West Lancashire Golf Club, 3-4th October
The first days action at the England Golf Captains final held at West Lancashire Golf Club saw finalists with an early start have the best conditions to score well. As it transpired the best five scores returned came from the first dozen groups. Leading after round one was Gordon Bailey of Blackwell Golf Club posting a good score of 36 points in very testing conditions.
Four players Andrew Hurley (Toot Hill), Tom Rickerby (Lancaster), Ian Armstrong (West Berkshire), and Paul Dimond (The Wiltshire) were only 2 points back going into the second round, it was still all to play for.
The conditions on day two slightly improved but the course remained in challenging form. Marie Watson (Chesterfield) set the early pace returning a very well played 36 points, this was in fact to be the best second round score beating several others on count back. As the final few groups were approaching the home stretch it was apparent that there would be a tense finish. Alan Richardson of Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club, who had posted a first round score of 33 points birdied three holes on the front 9 to help card 36 points and set the club house lead of 69 with only two groups remaining on the course.
The lead quickly changed again following Tom Rickerby's second round score of 36 points. This added to a first round 34 put his total at 70 with only the final group to finish. It all came down to the final hole with overnight leader Gordon Bailey in contention to win the England Golf Captains tournament at his first attempt. An approach shot saw him find the greenside bunker with Gordon eventually carding a 5 on the last for 1 point and 35 overall. It was soon delight for Gordon as his final total of 71 points was enough to claim victory and win the 2013 England Golf Captains final.
Congratulations to Gordon!
1st Gordon Bailey (Blackwell Golf Club) 36 35 71
2nd Thomas Rickerby (Lancaster Golf Club) 34 36 70
3rd Alan Richardson (Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club) 33 36 69
Round 1 Best Score:
Ian Armstrong (West Berkshire Golf Club) 34
Round 2 Best Score:
Marie Watson (Chesterfield Golf Club) 36 (on count back
Posted on 14/10/2013
by Andrew Boyd