The penultimate regional final of the Accountancy Age Masters 1999 turned out to be the best attended of this year’s competition, sponsored by the corporate finance specialist NMB-Heller, as 51 golfers competed for places in the final.
Hosted at Hertfordshire’s Brocket Hall Golf Club, famous for its namesake and previous owner Lord Brocket who was imprisoned for fraud, the Home Counties final featured spectacular holes and fairways that made excellent use of the natural landscape in the stately home’s grounds. No fewer than four holes required competitors to play over the lake that bisects the club’s Melbourne Course.
The notorious 18th proved toughest of all. The green can only be reached by taking a trip on the Brocket Hall ferry and the hole deceived many of the competitors. Players not only dropped shots but lost their balls completely in the deep water, tempted by an inviting hole layout to attempt to carry the water with their second shot. Not many managed it.
Eventual winner Richard Edmondson took the top prize with a stableford score of 37. He was followed closely by Colin Howe, who scored 36 points including an impressive 19 on the tough back nine. Third place was taken by Arun Ganatra who also scored 36 but with 17 on the back nine.
Alex Guberman won the prize for getting nearest the pin on the ninth hole, while Bill Holmes blasted the ball furthest to take the prize for the longest drive of the day on the 11th hole.
LEADER BOARD HOME COUNTIES REGIONAL FINAL, BROCKET HALL, 30 JUNE 1st Overall Richard Edmondson 2nd Overall Colin Howe (19pts back 9) 3rd Overall Arun Ganatra (17pts back 9) Qualifiers Ian Jacobs Peter Mills Neil Sevitt Daniel Abraham Paul Boyle Richard Greenwood Michael Leigh Nearest pin Alex Guberman Longest drive Bill Holmes Handicap Points scored Martin Salvage 11 25 Colin Howe 5 36 Glen Nichol 19 22 Nick Stewart 13 29 Daniel Carroll 10 30 William Kane 6 28 Mark Couzins 9 29 Mahesh Patel 13 31 Daniel Abrahams 11 33 David Paris 10 22 Richard Greenwood 5 32 Phillip Chamberlain 21 18 Alan Muggridge 14 27 Henry Appiah 21 22 Brian Jones 11 28 Garrie Brandon-White 11 11 Neil Cook 18 29 Nicholas Armes 15 30 John Charlesworth 18 23 Neil Robins 11 25 Paul Boyle 14 33 John Scott 11 28 Leonard Montague 12 28 Alex Guberman 10 25 Ian Landau 11 29 Anne Clark 18 22 Jonathon Lyttleton 9 24 Simon Lavalle 12 27 Mark Wainwright 12 26 Douglas van Zijl 11 28 Peter Quinn 13 23 Arun Ganatra 19 36 Richard Edmondson 16 37 Michael Leigh 11 32 Nick Newland 7 27 Peter Mills 11 34 Peter Mitchell 8 24 Nagin Makan 18 24 Mark Piercy 10 30 Neil Sevitt 11 34 Laurie Linnell 9 28 Hugh Bolle-Jones 18 26 Richard Burton 10 29 Ian Jacobs 5 35 William Holmes 11 27 Tony Brown 20 29 Barry Conway 12 24 David Pumfrey 11 30 Stephen Payne 7 29 Geoff Elcome 14 28 Stan Chicksand 13 24
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