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Report on the Worcestershire Amateur Championships 2015


The Worcestershire Amateur Championship 8th & 9th June 2015 

Kings Norton’s advanced preparations


Two months prior to the event, the greens staff at Kings Norton, under the direction of Mick Reece, were already preparing for this championship. The Chairman of greens at Kings Norton, Shaun Thornhill, worked closely with the club staff and the County to bring the course to a superb standard for the event. All the players were full of praise for the quality of the greens and the way in which the course was set up. Over the two days, despite a chilly wind and firm ground conditions, the course rewarded accurate driving, precise shot making and skilful putting. During the competition, the hospitality shown by the bar and catering staff as well as the support from a host of members to 'ball spot' and generally support the event was first class. The County would like to pay high praise to all the staff and General Committee at Kings Norton Golf Club for their tremendous support in hosting such a successful event.

 

Courtesies offered
The County would also like to thank a number of clubs within the area for offering courtesies to Kings Norton members during the two days. This act of reciprocity is much appreciated and it is hoped that such support is replicated when other major events take place at a club within the locality. The clubs involved were:

Fulford, Drayton Park, Stourbridge, Great Barr, Evesham, Enville, Shirley, Hagley, Ladbrook, Moseley, Sandwell Park, Harborne, Druids Heath, Beau Desert, Lilley Brook, Hollywood, Moor Hall, Dudley, Drayton Park, North Warwickshire, Kidderminster, Olton, Aston Wood, Droitwich, Stourbridge, South Staffs, Redditch and Copt Heath.

The County Championships

On the first day, during the Team Championships, a hole in one was recorded by Dave Marshall (pictured below), from The Worcestershire,  on the 8th Red.

The eventual winners of the Tomson-James Cup for the team championship, who will go forward to represent the County in the National Finals were Redditch ‘A’. Namely: Matt Vigurs, James Robinson and Josh McMahon.

 

Matt Vigurs, James Robinson and Josh McMahon

The ‘B’ Team winners of the Jubilee Shield were the Moseley team of : Dan Downes, Ian Warner & Steve Rooney

 

Dan Downes and Ian Warner 

The Amateur Championship


 Oliver Walker  ( Bransford G.C.) The 2015 Worcestershire Amateur Champion

This year’s winner, Oliver Walker, ( Bransford G.C.) was a surprise winner from the start. The five handicapper scored a solid 73 gross in the first round, which was followed up with an excellent 72 in the afternoon posting a 145 total. Other players chased this score and it was Josh McMahon who came closest but needed birdies on the last three holes to tie, eventually finishing 2nd on 148. Ben Robinson (The Vale) recorded the best gross score of the day, a 70, and good afternoon rounds from Josh Bryan, Tom Godfrey and Graham Wallace were not quite enough to deny Oliver Walker the 2015 Amateur Championship.

The County offer their warmest congratulations to Oliver in winning this 109th running of the County Championship. He also won the Youth’s Championship and the Philip Padmore Trophy for the best Nett score. His refreshing attitude both on and off the course is a welcome ‘breath of fresh air’ and to have received a letter of thanks from him immediately following the event is gratefully received and Bransford Golf Club should be very proud to have such a worthy winner and fine young person amongst their members.

Oliver will now go forward to represent the County in the EG Champion of Champions Tournament on Sunday 14th September at Woodhall Spa.

Congratulations also go to Josh McMahon, pictured below ( Redditch G.C.) who won the G.D. Carr Cup for the lowest three round total and earns valuable world ranking points for his efforts.