On Monday 22 June, 44 GCMA members from across the country teed it up for our annual National Golf Meeting, held this year at Beau Desert GC.
Though many players were tackling the Staffordshire venue’s notorious greens for the first time, scoring was competitive and once back in the clubhouse, many players paid compliments to the course, which was in fantastic condition.
With Summer apparently on hold for the day, the early starters had to contend with chilly conditions, some showers and a stiff breeze, which continued to blow through all day. The sun broke through by lunchtime though, and some solid early scores were posted. Unfortunately for the rest of the field, last year’s GCMA Captain, John Smith, was having “a decent round”, and posted a 74 (nett 66) to win both The Founders Cup (nett) and Greenshield Memorial Trophy (gross)!
Louis Matamala, 2014 winner of the Greenshield Memorial Trophy, shot a very creditable gross 79 to try to retain the trophy, but managed only 3rd place behind John Cox who shot gross 76.
The winners on the day were:
NTP in 2: 9th John Cox Rye Hill GC
NTP 10th Keith Anderson Merthyr Tydfil GC
NTP 16th Clive Hadley Copt Heath GC
Greenshield Memorial Trophy:
1st John Smith Highwoods GC Gross 74
2nd John Cox Rye Hill GC Gross 76
3rd Louis Matamala Hertfordshire GU Gross 79
The Founders Cup:
1st John Smith Highwoods GC Net 66
2nd Geoff Butterfield Burnley GC Net 72
3rd Clive Hadley Copt Heath GC Net 73
4th Howard Till North Middlesex GC Net 75
Congratulations to all the winners and for the excellent event that was hosted by Steve Mainwaring and his team at Beau Desert GC, Cannock.
Thanks also go to Philip Holder of Club Systems who supported the day by running the competitions leaderboard and to On-Course Foundation’s Shay Vaugh and Mark Schorah who helped with the registration and starting.
By Mike Hyde