Market Drayton

Matt and Phil take top player honours

The Club Scratch and Handicap Championships 2020 (Sunday July 12)

The golf course was in fantastic condition for this year’s Championships which this year returned to the traditional 36-holes-in-a-day format.

Matt... Club Champ once again...

The weather played its glorious part warm, bright with an extraordinary sky. There was a light breeze which more cooled than effected the ball flight. Pins were reasonably accessible though some of the customary tricky spots kept all on their toes, 54 members teed up and an unprecedented 33 played the second 18 after visiting the clubhouse for refreshment. Noticeably, many of the ‘athletes’ enjoyed a Doom Bar or so and Jo and Teresa’s new menu at half-time. The Mighty Ploughman’s was a favourite well ahead of isotonic drinks and protein bars.

Competition was to the fore with nine players within two shots after 18 holes in the handicap competition.

Round of the Day

Phil... another big win

The elite players purred and parred along. Matt Birch had a moment on the fifth when his drive was last seen heading over John Swynnerton’s bungalow on its way to Pell Wall. Dani Hoof settled his swing after the first few holes and had the round of the day with one under par 70, second 18 holes. It is good to see Simon Hughes in form with a 74 but the Champion Golfer for the Year is Matt Birch with a score of 145. Well played Matt.

In the Handicap competition Phil Hamer (10) and Ken Reilly (8) had a great tussle both on net 70 after 18. Phil squeezed past Ken with a creditable parring home from 13 to win with a net 142 with Ken second on 143.

That is very steady quality golf from both of you and well done Phil.

A massive congratulations to all who took part.

Best wishes,


Captain 2020.


Thanks to my playing partners, Martin Radcliffe, Simon and Jacob Orpe, the lad joining us for the second 18. Simon, off 24, treated us to a fantastic display of ball striking and an array of short game shots including some Mickelson-esque flop shots.

Lynn, chair of match and handicap, please keep your eye on him.

Martin has the Wood’s stinger to a tee though an errant second on 13 nearly silenced Jacob though unfazed he chased after the offending missile to retrieve it from midst the Elephant grass.

Great company many thanks

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