Reigning Accountancy Age Masters champion Ralph Brindle has crashed out of this year’s tournament after narrowly failing to make the cut in the South-East regional final play-off at Kent’s Nizels Golf Club.
Brindle, who shot his way to a stableford score of 37, just missed qualification in a competition where standards were unusually high. Brindle’s performance over the front six holes was to cost him dear, as Phil Giles took the last slot in the competition, sponsored by corporate finance specialist NMB~Heller.
In a remarkably rare occurrence, a Nizel’s representative was forced to consult the official rule book as the two players were tied throughout the back nine.
The scores were decided by a countback to the front six holes, where a point-differential was found.
Eventual winner Nick Moss, of PricewaterhouseCoopers, scored a magnificent 42 to take first place.
Many players said the picturesque course was difficult, but tremendous fun. Four holes on the course, which is set on high ground overlooking woodland, have prominent water features that golfers must negotiate. The 10th proved particularly difficult, with several players dropping points.
SOUTH-EAST REGIONAL FINAL, NIZELS GOLF CLUB, KENT, 23 JUNE 1st Overall Nick Moss 2nd Overall Nigel Hewson 3rd Overall Doug Stoker Qualifiers Jeremy Ward James Slinn Matthew Cock Rudolph Bissolotti Phil Giles Nearest pin Stephen Hill Longest drive Paul Wigham Handicap Points scored Dennis Preston 16 34 Stephen Hill 7 35 Chris Sowerby 13 28 Nick Moss 15 42 Philip Davis 14 36 Doug Green 14 36 Phil Giles 13 37 Robert Stubbs 13 34 Martin Hughes 6 27 Nigel Hewson 13 40 Brian Moleshead 13 36 Austin Barrett 14 33 Michael Kenny 12 34 John Snell 15 31 Crispin Manners 15 32 Chris Gant 16 23 Ralph Brindle 2 37 Kevin Powell 14 35 Chris Allen 14 22 Matthew Cock 7 38 Paul Wigham 11 32 Barrie Dunning 9 35 Harinder Sethi 17 33 Michael Whyke 17 Retired James Slinn 15 38 Rudolph Bissolotti 19 37 Mark Abrahams 21 31 Bryan Lawrie 8 31 Denis Maslin 16 35 Jeremy Ward 10 38 David Allen 19 32 Doug Stoker 11 39
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