Patrick Carr (R 1966-71) (Worplesdon) had beaten such notables as James Shaw (R 1964-68) in the semi-final, Nicky Renton (O 2004-09) Allan Wright (O 1972-77) plus others on the way to the final.
Chris Bullock (M 1982-87) (Trentham) a previous Halford Hewitt player, had prevailed over our new Secretary, Charles Hill (SH1980-84) in the semi-final, as well as current H-H player Laurie Briggs (G 1996-2001) regular attendee Terence Dickinson (R 1962-66) as well as two others in the early rounds.
Chris was giving Patrick 7 shots, but as neither started particularly auspiciously, it didn’t seem to matter.
Patrick lost a ball at the first and third, and Chris lost one at the second, in Royal Birkdale’s punishing rough. On a very bright sunlit morning with a cold nor’easter breeze blowing, the course wasn’t going to take any prisoners!
For five holes the match to-ed and fro-ed, before Patrick nosed ahead at the difficult sixth hole, by dint of receiving a shot. Thereafter, Chris’s penchant for the left hand rough took its toll, whereas Patrick for the most part kept it out of the tangly rough.
Three up at the turn, at the par three 12th hole, he then played the shot of the round. The writer moved forward at this hole which was playing directly into the low bright sunshine to aid ‘ball spotting’. Neither player had any idea how close Patrick’s tee shot was. Straight at the flag, it pitched on the green about five yards short, rolled up narrowly missing the hole, and finished 12 inches directly behind the hole.
Despite one or two minor alarms, Patrick was still three up with three to play. At the 16th Chris hit a straight tee shot, but Patrick’s finished in the rough close to a manhole cover, which allowed him to drop the ball in a slightly more favourable position. His second found a greenside bunker, whilst Chris put his second shot ten feet from the hole. Patrick played a good bunker shot, but was still just outside Chris. Undeterred, he then promptly holed the putt, leaving Chris the ‘ten footer’ to stay in the match. Sadly for Chris it stayed out, and Patrick was the winner.
Our thanks go to Royal Birkdale, for allowing us on their hallowed ground, and to Barry Campion (M 1951-55) for watching the final, and presenting the trophy to Patrick.
The Photograph below shows L to R
Anthony Smith (I 1954-59) OSGS President and Match Referee, Patrick Carr 2018 Champion, Barry Campion and Chris Bullock (M 1982-87) 2018 Runner Up standing in front of the Royal Birkdale Club House
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