Over the last few weeks all of the Knockout competitions have reached their conclusions. Read on to find out the results.
Champions Tankard (Scratch Singles Knockout)
Congratulations to Paul Barrow who beat Hamish Hall (both pictured above) in this year’s final. Both players played excellent golf in the morning with Paul taking a 4-up lead after 18 holes, shooting a gross 65 compared to Hamish’s 70. Hamish continued to play well in the afternoon but Paul’s experience and steady play made life very difficult for him reduce the deficit and Paul eventually won 4&3.
Captain’s Bowl (Handicap Single Knockout)
The Captain’s Bowl final was contested between Andy Quinn and Dave Dobson. The early holes were closely fought with Dave moving to 2 up after winning the 9th. The 10th was halved, Dave won the 11th and Andy the 12th before a stretch of five holes which probably ultimately determined the outcome of the match. Dave took advantage of some errors to take the next three holes but then gave chances at each of the 16th and 17th which were not taken. Playing the last hole of the morning with the lead at three might have been a different challenge but a ‘half in four’ saw Dave with the edge at the interval. A quick start in the afternoon saw Dave take the 1st and 2nd and with it gain some significant room for manoeuvre. The rest of the afternoon holes were traded to and fro but with Dave up by 7 at the turn it was surely a matter of time and the match ended with a half on the 12th. On the day Dave arguably won by making fewer mistakes, so often the way in match play, but nevertheless no shame for Andy in being runner up in another of the year’s most prestigious competitions, to go alongside his earlier victory in the Champion of Champions. A special note of thanks too to Dave Titcombe who added an extra touch of importance to the day by giving his time to referee the whole match.
Coronation Cup (Foursomes Knockout)
On Saturday 8th September, Dave Titcombe and Bruce Hyde-Linaker played Mick French and Mike Brennan in the Coronation Cup final. As far as the match is concerned, Dave said “It was probably one of the toughest matches I have ever played. We had to give Mick and Mike eight shots during the game but with Mike playing one of the best bunker shots I have seen at the 8th and going in, I knew it would be tough going. However, after 18 holes Dave and Bruce beat Mick and Mike 1 up. Thanks very much to Brian Knapp for refereeing the match.
John Rands Trophy (Over 60s Singles Knockout)
David took the lead at the third hole and never looked back from there. He played very well and fully deserved to win. Well done Dave and many thanks to Brian Knapp for the efficient way he refereed the match.
Webber Mixed Foursomes (Foursomes Knockout)
The prestigious Webber’s Mixed Foursomes knockout tournament was won this year by Mark Wharton and Sian Lewis, with Mick French kindly refereeing the match. It was a hard fought, exciting and eventful game. Sian and Mark clawed back Lesley Robinson and Mike Cahill’s four hole lead at the turn to narrowly win 1 up on the 18th. Maybe their determination stemmed from being narrowly beaten in the Webber’s final last year!
Ball Marker Plate (Singles Knockout for early round losers of The Captain’s Bowl)
Neil Buckingham proved to be too strong for Mike Lewis in the final of the Ball Marker Plate winning 7 & 5. Maybe the disparity in age may have had something to do with it but Neil played very well. He went ahead on the 2nd hole and Mike could never catch him.
By mutual agreement the two finalists played for the Papworth Plate on Friday 14th September. Colin McNulty and Pete Jackson had good golfing conditions for the match and it was enjoyed by both players. Colin went 1 up at the 2nd hole. However, this was the only time in the match that he was in front. Pete leveled the match on the 3rd and was 2 up at the turn. His birdie on the 14th put him 4 up with four to play. A bogey on the 15th for the pair, saw Pete home with a 5 & 3 win.