Jack Cope produced some fireworks to claim the St Andrews Trophy over the weekend. Jack finished eight under par 280 along with Robin Williams and George Burns but won at the fourth extra hole (the 18th) after driving the green pin high to twenty feet . After an opening 73 on the Jubillee course which many regard as the most difficult of the six courses at the home of golf. Jack played the afternoon room in 70 on the Old to be one under at the cut and six adrift of Charlie Thornton. Another morning 70 and an afternoon 67 put Jack in the three man play off.
Speaking to the tournament organisers Jack said “I was committed to every shot I hit out there over those four holes. I probably played the best I played all week tee to green. I guess that was a nice time to really peak. I love the home of golf. I particularly like the Old Course, mainly because I normally score alright round there which helps. Just walking over that bridge, taking photos, thinking about all the players who have won here and played here. This is very special to me.”
Zac Annear already a club champion at three different clubs added his second title with superb golf over the weekend. Rounds of 72 and 68 were enough to pip overnight leader James Buckley 71-77 into second place by eight strokes. Going out in 32 on the front nine Zac took charge making four birdies and two eagles which included holing out from 100 yards at the 15th and complimented by a fly over of the Red Arrows. Zac dedicated his luck to his good friend Paul Morris who passed away recently. Kobe Wesson was third 76-73. The Nett competition saw 13 year old Charlie Pearce-Ward take the Lynwood Trophy with 64-72 nett, whilst John Ruff took the McTiffin Vase with Saturday’s 64 nett. Nigel Gravelle was in the mix until his old legs tired but still a good pair of 75s to be 4th, he had got back to one over after 27. Graham Hinkley took 5th spot with 73-78. The first four scores will compete in the Scratch Cup. In the Semi Finals: Zac Annear will play Nigel Gravelle whilst Kobe Wesson will take on James Buckley.
Nick Day (Henbury) won the 105th County Championship after an exciting play off with Jack Cope at the second extra hole. In the fourth round both were behind Joe Harvey (Kendleshire) who had a six stroke lead and led on eight under par after three rounds, 71, 69 and 68 but even carding a two under par 70 was not enough to win though he had a fifteen foot putt on the last to enter the playoff. Nick Day was ten under for his final round after 16 holes but three putted the final green to card just a 63. Jack Cope was one shot shy with a 64 in the play off Jack had a chance at the 14th (first extra hole) after driving 340 yards and pitching to ten feet but the putt just missed and then he three putted the second extra hole to hand the title to Nick Day who became the Gloucestershire County Champion for the sixth time, even more remarkable was he opened with a 78 in the first round before adding a 67, 69 and 63. Joe Harvey was third whilst Jake Phillips (Cotswold Hills) and Ed Butler (Lansdown) were the five players to beat par.
The Players Club almost made it a clean sweep, the team with Jack Cope,Ashley and Josh Millington won the Winterbotham Trophy and will represent the County in the finals at Knole Park in September. Josh Millington picked up the U18s prize while Jack Cope the U23.With nine members of the club competing out of 60 competitors eight made it through to the 36 hole cut with seven finishing in the top 18 it was the first time the club has staged the County Championship.
JACK IS CHAMP AT 21
We are very proud to announce 21 year Jack Cope has won the English Amateur Golf Championship defeating Callan Barrow (Royal Lytham & St Annes) 4 and 3 in the 36 hole final. Joe was round in -7 in the morning to lead 5 up. Barrow started the afternoon round with a birdie but never got better than being 4 behind until proceedings finish with Jack holing from 10 feet on the 33rd hole.
Jack qualified in second spot with two rounds of 69 as one of the 64 that made the match play stages. Joe Long who was also a member of The Players Club up until last year lead on -9 and it looked like it might be an all local final until Joe was pipped at the 5th extra hole in the Quarters. Jack defeated Barclay Brown (Hallamshire) in the semi finals 3 and 1. A four at the last would have seen him round in 65. In the Quarter finals Sam Broadhurst was edged out by one but the strangest round was perhaps against Harrison Ottley Woodd (Cotswold Hills), Cope was 3up when he lost the 14th hole to a birdie. At the 15th Harrison holed his second shot for an eagle 2 to draw back to one down. At the 16th Harrision again holed his second shot for an eagle 2 and this time from 115 yards, it looked like the match was squared but Jack followed him with a hole out from 98 yards and the hole was halved in matching eagles!
Jack was unlucky not win with the Jamega tour event held here at The Players Clubs just two weeks ago at -11 after 16 and knowing -12 was in the clubhouse, Jack was unlucky to take 5 at the 17th after seeing his tee shot pitch on the 300 yard 17th green and run into a tricky lie over the green and under a bush. Jack competes this week at Surrey Downs and then the ‘British’ Amateur Championship itself.
We wish him all the best.
We thought we would update you on our latest construction plans which we hope to implement from now and through the Autumn and Winter periods.
Codrington Course: Hole 2; we are extending the tee to the right of the path, we will drop the height of the winter tee by a couple of feet on the front of this side, until we review the tee length (we may add 20 yards to 185 yards) we will leave the bunkering decision for the front of the green. We will remove the gravel trench around the back of the green and replace this with a revetted bunker. Hole 16; we intend to rebuild the back tees into one large tee. We intend to rebuild the front bunker. Hole 1; We are going to extend the white tee back 20 yards. We are adding a third fairway bunker slightly left of the current pair. Hole 4; We are extending the right hand greenside bunker. Hole 9; We are extending the gorse and thorn from the left side by 40 yards. Hole 11; New greenside bunker front right. Hole 18: Extend white tee slightly left.
Stranahan Course: Hole 1; Removal of dogwood bush short left of the green. Hole 2; Clearance of hazard left of the hole. Hole 3; Grassing of bunker short left. Hole 4; Grassing of bunkers on left. Tee extension with 14th. Hole 8; New central bunker. Hole 9; New back tee. Hole 10; Raising of 10th tee. Hole 13; Filling of sunk drain trenches. Holes 15 & 16; Removal of dead or decaying Ash trees to the right of the holes and under clearance. Hole 18; Filling and completion of back left water hazard. New safer path to the right of the 2nd hole.
Gordon’s funeral will take place at St. Johns Church, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2BL on Monday 9th of September at 1pm. This will be followed by a celebration of his life at The White Horse in Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1RY.
The committal following the service is a strictly private affair and the family respectfully ask that its wishes with regard to this are understood.
Just 17 Oli Jenkins has had a great year and it might still get better as he closing in on a scratch handicap. The weekends 36 holer saw Oli take the Stranahan Trophy by three strokes from former winner Casey Bean who had carded a 64 to Oli’s two over par 70.
The morning scores saw two nett 59s, David Yeo and Joe McLean paired in the same threeball. Craig Welmers could have added his name to that list but took six at the par 3 18th for a nett 62. The main gross saw Bean lead by two strokes, his back nine of 29 picked up five strokes in the last seven holes. Luke Maddison and Freddie Titcombe on 66 with our own Kev Taylor on 67 with Jeremy Harvey were the five out of seventy eight players to beat the par 68 course. Alex Ault made an eagle two on the 7th but that faded into the background when Nick Davies holed from the tee at the 334 yard 14th.
In the afternoon the Codrington proved to be very tough with the Black tees in use. Casey Bean carded a 79 to post a tough five over par total of 143. Jenkins off towards the end of the field made great threes at nine and eleven before dropping shots at the tough 14th and 15th. With a two over par total of 140 and a 136 nett Oli took both the gross and nett prizes together with best afternoon nett.
1. Oli Jenkins (2) 70-70 (140) 2. Casey Bean (0) 64-79 (143) 3. Scott Pym (3) 3. Scott Pym 70-74 (144) 4. Tom Ruddle (0) 70-74 5. Freddie Titcombe 66-79 (145)
1. Oli Jenkins 68-68 (136) 2. Alex Ault 65-72 (137) 3. Scott Pym 67-71 (138) 4. Iain Quigley 71-69 (140) 5. Luke Maddison 62-79 (141)
In an exciting club championship Zac Annear took the top spot following Saturday’s 74 with a one under 71 in the final round. A five birdie blitz shock off the challenge of Oli Jenkins who was level with Annear with four holes to play but took 8 at the 15th. Sam Mendoza parred the course to finish at four over with Nick Perkins and Oli back a stroke further back.
The Lynwood Trophy also went to Zac who beat Oli on countback. The McTiffin plate (18 hole nett on day 1) went to Steve Evans whose nett 71 once again edged out Oli Jenkins on the cruel countback. The good news is his handicap has halved from 4 to 2 and he won the junior county championship by an impressive 13 strokes!.
Glen Moth picked up three wins in the season to come out tops in the Molly Grace, the clubs order of merit but it was a close thing in the end with Mike England giving him a good run up until the final event where glen saw his two point lead extended to nine.
In the knockouts Mike Jarvis defeated Nick Mason to win the senior title whilst the Singles was contested between Terry Parsons and Paul Gardiner, after the first 18 Terry looked like he had an easy job being six up but Paul battled back to the final green only to lose by a single hole.
Phil Perkins beat 11 year old Ashley Millington 5 & 4 in the Stranahan knockout whilst the double saw the ‘two Dans’ romp home 9 & 8 winners over Chris Terrington and Alan Tansley. Molly and Bendall were 7 up after the first stanza but lost first two holes of the second round, birdies and eagles were swapped but the match ended on the 28th.
The clubs first team are back in Division 1 after a successful campaign losing just one match and taking the title with 17 points. Twenty-five players were used by the first team and with our elite players playing international and national events only Mitch Waite managed one appearance.
The second team had a tough time but stayed up, hopefully next year World Cup interference will allow more players to select from. The thirds was a mixed bag with away wins and home defeats but they played with great spirit and the Millington brothers just got better and better, next year they will probably even play first team golf.
A big thanks tour our captains, Nigel Gravelle, Kevin Hodge and Ali Young, their vice captains its a lot of hard work gathering the teams and thanks to all 52 players who represented our club.