Twin-brothers Don and Bill Sutherland almost set a date with destiny and sparked some sibling rivalry when they found themselves competing in this year’s Accountancy Age Masters, run in association with business finance specialist NMB-Heller.
With a well-deserved stableford score of 38 at the Slaley Hall course in Hexham, Bill achieved first place in very wet conditions. Water underfoot was so bad players joked they might take a drop shot in the middle of the fairway as their balls were often submerged.
The weather proved the main factor in many players’ downfalls. There was no bounce on the course and tee shots often finished short, contributing to poor scores from many otherwise excellent players.
Denying the final the added spice of sibling rivalry, Bill’s twin Don failed to make the cut at the second of last week’s finals at Mere Golf & Country Club with a score of 27.
In this North West Regional Final, the famous ‘Last Four’ holes are some of the most talked about in UK golf, and players were forced to overcome the course’s gruelling hazards. The 16th hole proved most challenging, with one golfer calling it a ‘nightmare’.
North West winner Stewart Robertson scored an impressive 39 points to take the trophy and win his place in the national final. ‘I am delighted to have won. I hope this competition becomes a national fixture on every golfing accountants’ calendar,’ he said.
The next set of regional finals will take place on 23 June at Nizels, Hildenborough; 30 June at Hertfordshire’s Brocket Hall; and 8 July at Warwickshire Golf Club. The South West final was due to take place yesterday at St Pierre Park in Chepstow.
The national final will take place on 28 and 29 September at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, home of the British Masters tournament.
LEADER BOARD NORTH-EAST REGIONAL FINAL, SLALEY HALL, 9 JUNE 1st Overall Bill Sutherland 2nd Overall Craig Fotheringham 3rd Overall Paul Williams (14pts back 9) Qualifiers David Hunter (11pts back 9) Dave Allison (17pts back 9) John Benson (15pts back 9) Nearest pin Craig Fotheringham Longest drive Dave Allison Handicap Points scored Peter Green 14 21 Bob Elliott 8 31 Bill Sutherland 14 38 Paula Simpson 3 23 Craig Fotheringham 7 35 Dave Allison 4 31 Peter Broadley 18 23 Donald McLure 5 30 Brian Magnay 12 N/R David Harbron 14 24 John Benson 12 31 Paul Williams 8 32 Peter Bradbury 14 13 David Hunter 18 32 Peter Brown 11 24 NORTH-WEST REGIONAL FINAL, MERE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, 10 JUNE 1st Overall Stewart Robertson 2nd Overall Michael O'Hara 3rd Overall David Kimpton (19pts back 9) Qualifiers Ernest Thompson (16pts back 9) Chris Atrill (14pts back 9) Andrew Merrick Nearest pin Neil Highfield Longest drive David Madeley James Plumbely 11 19 Martin Rayner 17 25 Dale Thorpe 11 30 Donald George 10 23 James Ridings 11 31 David Kimpton 5 34 Ernest Thompson 11 34 David Madeley 8 28 Andrew Winstanley 12 24 Carl Cunnelly 11 30 Don Sutherland 18 27 Michael Roff 16 25 Ken Stafford 5 28 Chris Atrill 10 34 Brian Thomas 16 20 Stewart Robertson 12 39 Paul Hurst 14 20 Paul Fleming 7 27 Andrew Merrick 6 33 Lawrence Bayliss 16 27 Neil Highfield 11 26 Alan Hoe 21 26 Michael O'Hara 10 35
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