ONLY TWO TEAM BREAK THE 83 POINT MARK…………………
Southport is the golfing mecca of the North and after being under the microscope this year for the 2017 Open Championship it passed with flying colours.
We are often frequenting to the coast with such great venues in abundance and Southport & Ainsdale GC doesn’t disappoint. Justin Rose used the venue as his escape from the media and attention during Open week while “Little John” John Daly’s Son was seen smashing the balls down the fairway on our visit in summer, but with conditions fantastic and lightning fast greens it was the uncontrollable elements which reeked havoc with todays scoring.
As always the club is equipped to handle such a big crowd and Head Professional Jim Payne and team looked after the crowd of golfers coming in droves as Adrian and staff in the clubhouse kept the 9 & 18 Hole (for the big lads) breakfasts coming regular.
A huge thanks to today’s starter Alan also who did a great job and but on by the club.
The course was in fantastic condition and many of the visitors coming for the 1st time where in in awe of the layout and test at Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club – Thank you to the club for hosting and we look forward to returning in 2018.
Steve Sewell celebrated his birthday in style but the mentions need to go to Mike Worsely from Ashton in Makerfield who managed to ACE the Par 3 10th to boost his teams score as he holed out from the tee for the 1st time in his life and only the 3rd on the Tour following Leigh Smart at Pleasington (8th Hole) and Rob Hezel at West Lancashire (12th Hole)
CONGRATULATIONS WELL DONE!!!!!!!
Another Playoff decides this weeks Winners!
It’s taken 4 years but finally Earle gets over the line!
2 Teams tied on 43 points – As McGuiness birdies the last to tie but unfortunately just miss out!
3rd Place – Barton/Warner/O’Grady/Cook – 79 Points
The Huyton & Prescott crew where spear headed by regular Ste Warner but the most familiar name on the Scorecard was Joey Barton as he took a day off from his ‘Day Job” talking S…………….. Soccer on Talk Sport Radio.
Keen Golfer Barton was helped along as O’Grady smashed his drive onto the Par 4 – 4th to 8 feet then casually rolled in the Eagle 2 as the team got back on track from a slow start in the tricky cross wind as Barton went Birdie Birdie
At the turn in 39 points the guys made a stop start back nine kickstart as they finished with 16 points on the last three holes to catapult them into 3rd position alone from a cluster of players on 77 points
2nd Place – Adams/Ogden/Rigby/McGuiness – 83 Points – Card Playoff
The Team Event sensation’s Adams, Ogden & Rigby where accompanied by McGuiness of Prestbury golf club as the stern competitors created a team from all corners of the UK.
Another awesome effort from Vince Adams who has travelled up this week to play at S&A and Ganton (This Weekend) from Dorset to play again with Ogden & Rigby whom he teamed up with in this Summer’s Lakes Classic.
Racing to the turn in a sensational 44 points only bettered on the day by Barlow/Parkin/Furlong/Brougham who capitulated on the back 9 – but a slow back nine by the quartet was offered hope as 8 Handicapper Neil McGuiness finished with three gross pars on 15,16 & 17 before riffling in a birdie followed by a TIGER fist pump as the group hoped of claiming todays 1st prize – it wasn’t to be as a 40 points against 39 just pipped the guys as they tried to convince my it went hole by hole from the 18th.
1st Place – Earle/Earle/Parsonage/Livingstone – CHAMPIONS!
It’s been 4 years coming for the lads who have supported the tour far and wide often in the deepest of winter’s but today was their day as the Huyton and Prescott lads where just more proud in beating the opposition “Box of Toys” who finished in 3rd.
Tom Earle and Ben Parsonage tour regulars where accompanied by brother Ste and “Basher” Livingstone who had a Cereal Bar attached to his ball today to help find it in the “DEEP ROUGH”
But it was Livingstone doing the damage as he threaded his ball down each fairway notably from the 7th to 14th as the 18 Handicapper held the team together but a worst score of 3 points helped as the team kept things tight and with Earle and Parsonage holing out for Par 4’s on 18 enough to secure the spoils for the guys – whose win is a welcome one having waited so long and there spot in the 2018 Winner’s Invitational is now secure!
All prize winners have qualified for the Finch Tour – Order of Merit & Winners Invitational
The Order of Merit is now also taking shape – REMEMBER THIS YEARS ORDER OF MERIT WILL ONLY BE ASSEMBLED THROUGH THE SINGLES EVENTS
All winners and podium place finishers from the Pairs & Team Events will be invited back to the end of season Winners Invitational where some fantastic prizes will be on offer.
Next Team Events in 2017:
Prestatyn GC – Thursday 26th November 2017 – JUST 2 x Tee Times remaining – £25pp / £100 per team
Fairhaven GC – Tuesday 19th December 2017 – SPACES FILLING UP – £32.50pp
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Entires = £187.50 in the pot
13 x 2’s = £14.45 per two
*These have now been added to your Finch Golf Tour Account
1st Place – Earle/Earle/Parsonage/Livingston – 83 Points – £50 per person on FGT Account
2nd Place – Adams/Ogden/McGuiness/Rigby – 83 Points – Sunshine Showers Gilet – £40 RRP
3rd Place – Barton/Warner/O’Grady/Cook – FGT Scorecard – £20
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