The Harry Champion Seniors Club Team Open Match Play Tournament 2016

Published: 12th July 2016

Having won the qualifying competition on June 27th the eight-man Senior team arrived at The Point on July 9th confident, optimistic and determined. Kenton Williams led the pre match Icelandic clapping, but had some difficulty in adjusting his pony tail in the style of Gareth Bale. His attempts at the singing of “Football’s Cymru home” were not well received. Captain Paul Godfrey had dismissed suggestions that his place might be under review, having been the only loser, with Kenton as partner, in the qualifying event.

The format was unusual in that each pair played against a pair from another club, and that points were awarded according to the extent of the win. Twenty-three teams had entered originally and these were reduced to twelve for the final.

The day proved ideal for golf with the condition of the course widely praised. Joe Cruse, in the County match, had eagled the first and proceeded to birdie six more holes. Sadly, our Seniors could not even dream of such quality, but they were successful in winning two matches and halving the third. Richard Parsons and Kevin Birkett wish that the result of their match should disappear from the golfing records. However, recriminations were far from polite.

On a weekend when Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey; when Lewis Hamilton won at Silverstone; when Portugal beat France; and Andy Murray won Wimbledon Men’s final, our Seniors might not have registered as a Global sporting success, but it did result in a very commendable third place.

  • Keith Hawke and John Radford won 6 and 4
  • Paul Godfrey and Kenton Williams won 3 and 2 (Kenton won a bottle of wine for nearest the pin)
  • Nigel Thomas and Derek Rushton halved
  • Kevin Birkett and Richard Parsons lost by 1 hole.

Merlin Senior Golfers won the event beating St Enodoc by just 2 points.