amateur golf
amateur golf

7-9th APRIL 200

Whilst the Masters was being decided across the Atlantic the season unfolded in glorious weather conditions at Woodhall Spa Golf Club with the annual Central England Open Menís Foursomes.

The event requires the winners to come through six rounds of Foursomes golf in three days over the toughest inland course in England, the Hotchkin, ranked 29th in the world.

Phil Wardle (Garforth GC) and Andy King (Garforth GC) took the title beating Andrew Hession (Matlock GC) and Nigel Furniss (Woodhall Spa GC) in the final 6 and 4 in front of large and appreciative crowd. Wardle & King were too strong for Hession & Furniss covering 13 of the 14 holes played in level par in very testing conditions.The wind had changed and freshened on Sunday morning, blowing from the East it turned the first hole 361 yards from a 1 iron and 9 iron on Saturday into a drive and three wood on Sunday morning.

In the Semi-Finals Hession and Furniss defeated Jon Gaunt (Woodhall Spa GC) and Mike Lee (Woodhall Spa GC) by 2 holes. After a scrappy start the match turned into an intriguing battle. All square through 16 holes, Lee holed a 30 footer for an unlikely par for, Furniss then followed him from 20 feet for a birdie three to take the advantage down the 18th. Unfortunately Leeís tee was lost to the right and Hession and Furniss were through to their 4th Final in eleven years, having last one the title in 1990.

In the second Semi-Final Wardle and King defeated Robin Horseman (Waltham Windmill GC) and Geoff Hunter (Woodhall Spa) by 2 and 1 to reach their first final in four attempts.

As always the event was played in a friendly but competitive manner with all the participants thorough enjoying the weekends activity, especially the glorious sunshine that was in evidence for most of the three days.


A Hession (Matlock GC) &††J Gaunt (Woodhall Spa GC)†† Beat. M Lee (Woodhall Spa GC) & N Furniss (Woodhall Spa GC) 2 holes
P Wardle (Garfoth GC) &A King (Garforth GC) Beat R Horseman (Waltham Windmill GC) & G Hunter (Woodhall Spa GC) 2/1


P Wardle (Garfoth GC) &A King (Garforth GC) Beat A Hession (Matlock GC) &††J Gaunt (Woodhall Spa GC) 6/4