The weather conditions at Burnham & Berrow again conspired to give this years competitiors a taste of links golf at its best. Despite the poor growing conditions earlier in the year, the course was again presented in magnificent condition. We were treated to a combination of sunshine and showers over both days, but there was always a fresh breeze to contend with, and we were treated to some excellent golf throughout. As each year passes, the competition attracts more and more high quality entrants, and we again needed to conduct a ballot to reduce the field to the maximum of 81 and ties. The cut came in with anyone with a handicap of 3.1 or above missing out.
At close of play, Douglas Cameron held a one shot advantage after shooting a level par of 71. Three players were on 72, with the remaining players all tightly bunched and ready to make their move on the second day.
No one was able to beat par on Day 2, the closest was Richard Darlington from Royal Ashdown Forest with a one over score of 72. The 2016 Champion, Northendens's David Nelson put the previous days disappointing score behind him with a very good score of 74, matched by clubmate Tim Christie.
Chart Hills Phil Bramall added a round of 74 to an opening 75 to go to the top of the leaderboard, a position he held until the last cards of the day arrived. Douglas Cameron slipped back, Keith Morris played consistently to record a score of 75, but the attention was on Trevor Foster. A score of 77 on the day put him tied for the lead, and a play off was needed to determine the winner.
After 4 extra holes, it was Trevor who came out on top as a very exciting tournament came to a conclusion.
In accepting the trophy from the Burnham & Berrrow Captain, Mark Woods, Trevor spoke warmly about all of the competitiors, notably Phil, but of course recording his appreciation of his playing partners. He paid special tribute to all the staff, both on and off the course, but paying a particular tribute to the Bar and Catering Team led by Sean and Jack Palmer. The warmth of the hospitality and the qualiity of the fare on offer was second to none he said - a testament that was endorsed by all of the players during the course of the competition.
Can this competition get any better? We hope so, and we were particularly pleased to hear feedback and suggestions for the future. We look forward to welcoming you to Burnham & Berrow for the playing of the 2019 Championship.