Fine weather at the last regional final of the Accountancy Age Masters 1999, in association with NMB Heller, ensured that competitors had to play to the highest standard to stand any chance of reaching the national final later this year.
Played at The Warwickshire club, which has hosted events including the PGA European Tour and the Motor City Classic, the course provided a challenge for golfers of all abilities in the Midlands Regional Final.
In the blistering sunshine of the hottest day this year, competitors required frequent drink stops.
The problem was exacerbated by the length of the course which, at 7,375 yards, was described by one golfer as a ‘hike’.
But the hot weather meant the fairways were perfect for long driving, and the top finishers were to take best advantage of the bounce.
The Warwickshire club is set out over four nine-hole courses and the Masters was played over the North and East courses, with the eighth hole of the East proving a popular test. Golfers faced a 168-yard shot over water and four bunkers before hitting the green.
The fourth hole of the North course – with a length of 604 yards – gave the fourballs the chance to show off their driving prowess, followed by a long walk up to the green where many players, to their dismay, discovered they had found the bunkers to the left of the pin.
The day required the competition adjudicators’ involvement again, after Peter Ormerod and Bill Jackson both achieved the best stableford score of the day with 33 points. The draw was finally decided by a countback to the back three holes with Ormerod finishing first.
Mark Scarett came third with 32 points. Three other players – Andrew Baxendine, Bill Moore and Richard de Dombal – qualified and will appear in the national final at the famous Forest of Arden course in September.
The day’s longest drive competition was won by David Chapman, while the nearest-the-pin prize was taken by Paul Macildowie.
LEADER BOARD MIDLANDS REGIONAL FINAL, THE WARWICKSHIRE, 8 JULY 1st Overall Peter Ormerod (5pts back 3) 2nd Overall Bill Jackson (4pts back 3) 3rd Overall Mark Scarett Qualifiers Andrew Baxendine (17pts back 9) Bill Moore (17pts back 9) Richard de Dombal (15pts back 9) Nearest pin Paul Macildowie Longest Drive David Chapman Handicap Points scored Andrew Baxendine 4 31 Steven Baxter 11 27 Mark Carter 11 30 David Chapman 4 31 Neil Crees 15 13 Matthew Crewe 7 28 Richard de Dombal 11 31 Carl Gregory 18 25 Bill Jackson 5 33 Andrew Knuckey 4 31 Richard Leatherland 13 25 Paul Macildowie 9 28 Richard McVeigh 15 26 Peter Meredith 16 22 Jon Miller 21 26 Bill Moore 7 31 Nick Newland 7 24 Mark Nickalls 19 27 Peter Ormerod 15 33 Andrew Pickup 12 27 Stephen Puckett 9 26 Arthur Rice 20 22 Alex Roberts 11 21 Mark Scarett 4 32 Michael Scawn 10 30 Kevin Shears 21 24 Ian Thomson 5 29 John Tiffen 11 25 Brian Turner 18 27 Kevin Walker 7 25 John Wheatley 12 28
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