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British Par 3 Championship Reports
The History of The British Par 3 Championship
The British Professional Short Course Championship has been steeped in the history of the game since it was first hosted at Torquay's Palace Hotel in 1933. The inaugural championship was graced by some of the all time great players, including many past Open Champions, Alex Herd, Alf Padgham, Ted Ray, JH Taylor and Harry Vardon.
Peter Alliss' father, Percy played in the event, as did Henry Cotton in later years and many other Ryder Cup players including Abe Mitchell, the personal tutor of Samuel Ryder, who is figured on top of the Ryder Cup Trophy.
Steven Tiley won the 2018 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship following a dramatic final day at Nailcote Hall. Tiley scored -6 on the Cromwell Course to clinch victory and the €50,000 prize that comes with it.
The Challenge Tour player, and former European Tour star, went into the final day as the overnight leader following a fantastic opening round in which he scored -3 to put himself in contention.
In the end it came down to a straight shootout between Tiley and EuroPro star Andrew Marshall. There was only one stroke in it with Marshall ruing the double bogey he scored on the 3rd.
European Tour star, Aaron Rai and 2013 Norma C Herd Silver Salver winner, Craig Lawrie, put themselves into contention, and they along with Tiley found themselves on the same score, and the prospect of a play-off, loomed large.
However, Lawrie fell away after bogeying on the 13th eventually finishing on -4 and when it looked like Rai could go on to triumph after scoring a magnificent hole-in-one, his round ended with a double bogey on the final hole in front of the grandstand, a hole he has struggled with all day.
2010 champion Richard O’Hanlon has won his second Farmfoods British
Par 3 Championship by two shots, after a tense final day of the Pro-Am
on the Cromwell Course.
The overnight leader kept his composure and nerves to retain his leadfrom the First Round and win, with an overall score of -5 under par across the two rounds. It was enough to take the victory and the €50,000 prize that comes with the honour, and he went one step further, having finished as runner-up in 2016.
When asked how he felt, O’Hanlon said: “Unbelievable! It was a rollercoaster if anything, my emotions are still all over the place, to go from second last year to my second win now, I’m delighted.
“I’m a club and teaching pro, and this is European Tour money, this is out of this world!”
The Super Senior category was shared by former 1991 Masters champion Ian Woosnam OBE and four-time winner Carl Mason, with a score of +1. The Norma C Herd Silver Salver prize, awarded to the best ranking amateur, went to Scot Michael Lawrie, with a score of +5, son of The Open winner Paul Lawrie OBE. While finally the Team prize went to O’Hanlon and his amateur partner Tony Lymn, with a combined score of -13.
A topsy-turvy final day saw the lead of the tournament constantly change hands, as the sunshine finally came out for this year’s edition of the Championship. Eddie Pepperell, a top 20 finisher at this year’s US Open and 2014 BP3 champion, was in inspired form, matching the leader with a score of -3.
Ashley Mason and O’Hanlon were battling with one another for the top berth, but O’Hanlon’s birdie at the 17th, effectively sealed his title. Mason dropped a shot back late on to eventually finish on -3, while Meghan MacLaren, daughter of European Senior Tour chairman David, also had a fine second round, finishing on -2. Gary Wolstenholme MBE, Steven Tiley and Andre Bossert, all scored -2, while The Open winner Paul Lawrie OBE came in tied eighth with Santiago Luna and Carl Mason, back on -1.
O’Hanlon added: “My long-term goal is to reach the European Senior Tour in three years time, it’s something I want to work towards.”
“I doesn’t get any better than playing with former Masters champion Ian Woosnam OBE in the final group for €50,000 and when it comes down to it, I can actually do it.”
An emotional O’Hanlon received the trophy in-front of a packed grandstand, with a capacity crowd showing their appreciation towards the worthy winner, as well as the winners of the other categories.
European Senior Tour winner Mark Mouland finished at the top of the scoreboard today as the Professional competition in the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship came to its conclusion. The first double winner of the tournament (also won in 2008), Mouland won with a score of-11, with 28 strokes out and only 25 on the back nine, scoring three Birdies. He finished ahead of Richard O'Hanlon on -5 and Mike Harwood on-4.
Mark Mouland – who broke the Cromwell course record yesterday with a round of -10 – is the son of Sid Mouland, who helped Nailcote Hall owner Rick Cressman to design the course and bring the Championship to this impressive venue. Mouland receives a cheque for €50,000 as the Championship prize fund was increased to €150,000 earlier in the year.
Before accepting his award from tournament host Tony Jacklin CBE, Mark said:
“It went right down to the wire, the gap between us was only two shots with three holes to play but I thought I might just do it when I hit the green on the 17th”.
Richard had hit it long and he dropped three shots while I picked up one so that made the difference.
But the score doesn’t reflect how close it was, it was really neck and neck for most of the round and it’s that excitement, that unpredictability that keeps us coming back for more.”
After two days of thrilling golf, Barry Lane held off the competition to emerge victorious at the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship 2015 at Nailcote Hall with a score of -5. Lane was the overnight leader on -6 and managed to maintain his advantage despite tough competition to take home the title.
Former Open Champion Paul Lawrie OBE, who shot the course record in last year's Championship, finished as runner-up after another strong round to finish on -4. The pair teed off together, testing each other in a fascinating encounter, but it was Lane who eventually came out on top.
"The course was fantastic," said Lane "Paul didn't make it easy,especially towards the end but I was confident that I could hold on. It was a wonderful tournament and I'd love to come back to defend my title next year."
Ladies European Tour star Charley Hull also made an early charge in the final round, but was unable to maintain her form to become the Championship's first female winner. Gary Wolstenholme MBE equalled the course record earlier in the day with a bogey-free round of -8 to finish in joint third with Andrew Sherborne and Andrew Marshall.
The Norma C Herd Silver Salver for leading amateur was taken home by 13-year-old Jack Drury with a score of +8. Carl Mason, who is the highest career money winner on the European Senior Tour, scooped the £5,000 Super Senior prize for the third year running, finishing on level par.
Mason is always a strong competitor at the Championship and won in 1999. The leading team prize was also won by Barry Lane with his playing partner David Nelson who finished on a joint score of -14.
After four days of outstanding entertainment that saw the course record broken and hole-in-ones galore, young European Tour star Eddie Pepperell secured the 2014 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship title after a tense play-off with TP Tour Qualifier Jak Hamblett. Both finished on scores of seven-under-par, before Pepperell chipped in on the third play-off to take home the cheque for £25,000 and cap off a superb performance.
After the first day’s play, talented young golfer, Hamblett led by a single stroke with three past winners hot on his heels: Mark Mouland, Peter Baker and DJ Russell. Huge crowds gathered on Thursday for the conclusion of the Professional Championship and they were treated to an incredible golfing spectacle. With Hamblett leading at the start of play but yet to tee-off, Gary Wolstenholme and Paul Lawrie stormed into a joint lead of -6. Lawrie’s incredible round of -8 was a course record at Nailcote Hall and it is easy to see why he has the nickname ‘Chippy’ for his immaculate short game!
As the day wore on, a battle for first place ensued before Hamblett eventually tied the lead with Eddie Pepperell to force a play-off. Aspiring young talent Pepperell eventually came through on top by chipping in on the third play-off hole. The day also saw an incredible four holes-in-one for Gary Wolstenholme, Tommy Horton, DJ Russell and Raymond Russell to take the total for the championship to six, after Tom Reid and Gary Emerson achieved the feat on Wednesday.
The leading team was David Nelson partnered with former Masters Champion Ian Woosnam OBE. Carl Mason won the prize for the Super Seniors contest winning £5,000 for the second year running, and Luke Turbutt won the Norma C Herd Silver Salver for leading amateur closely followed by Tom Charley and Sarah Herd in second and third respectively.
The Professional Championship featured golfing icons and current professionals including Tony Jacklin CBE, Sam Torrance OBE, Ian Woosnam OBE, Tommy Horton MBE, Gary Wolstenholme MBE, DJ Russell, Robert Rock, Graeme Storm and Gary Boyd but it was , Tommy Fleetwood who took home the title of 2013 British Par 3 Champion.
6-time European Tour winner Paul Broadhurst led after the first day, with a superb round of -6. Huge crowds gathered on Thursday for the conclusion of the Professional Championship and they were treated to an incredible golfing spectacle. Paul Broadhurst was unable to maintain his lead until the end and was overtaken by 22-year-old European Tour hot prospect, Tommy Fleetwood. The thrilling conclusion saw Fleetwood bogey the final hole to finish on -4 but Broadhurst was unable to get the birdie he needed to level the scores and finished at -3.
D J Russell
The win made Russell the oldest ever winner of the championship and his -8 winning total was the best winning score recorded in the championship’s history at Nailcote Hall, surpassing the efforts of Shaun P Webster and Carl Mason
When the leaders went out on Thursday afternoon, the stage was set for a classic climax and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Simon Lilly started well with a birdie at the first, and looked secure out in front for much of the round, but succumbed to a double bogey at the 11th and a bogey on the 12th, where the newly developed water feature sank his challenge. Meanwhile, a burst from two time winner on the European Tour D J Russell put him in pole position for the victory. Russell was playing exceptional golf, especially at the finish, securing birdies at the 14th, 15th and 17th, to finish the round on -8, three shots clear ofLilly on -5 and a further two shots clear of Gary Wolstenholme and Mark Murphy on -3.
The final round a saw couple of players playing well and one in particular Andrew Sherborne charging up the leaderboard. Starting at 1 over par he reached 5 under par with two holes to play. Then successive bogeys dropped him back to finish at 3 under par – but with the lead in the clubhouse.
Carl Mason and David Dixon had been slipping back during their rounds but Simon Wakefield and Seve Benson were pushing the new leader. Simon birdied the 35th hole to get to 2 under par and needed a birdie at the last to force a play-off! Under pressure his tee shot failed to find the green and a bogey 4 saw him finish at 1 under par for 2nd place, behind the champion – Andrew Sherborne.
Cornwall based, PGA Professional, Richard O’Hanlon triumphed after
drama at the last hole left Nailcote’s European Tour Pro’s Mark Mouland
and Andrew Marshall one shot shy of a 3 man play off.
With O’Hanlon in the club house at 6 under par, Mouland missed a 6 foot putt for par which would have put him in a play off. And Marshall, who needed a birdie to make a play off watched as his 20 foot putt stopped agonisingly an inch short of the hole. After the dramatic finish, O’Hanlon reflected on how fortunes in golf can change, “Last year after the first day’s play, I was in last place – and here I am now the British Par 3 Champion – It’s amazing!”
The 2009 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship was the most succesful to date. With Sky Sports on board the competition reached new, unprecedented levels of exposure. 2009 celebrated the 40th anniversary of Tony Jacklin's famous 'The Open' win and was again held at Nailcote Hall from 4th-7th August. After a gruelling couple of days the Pro-Am competition was eventually won by Steve Carter.
The 75th Anniversay of the Numark British Par 3 Championship was celebrated in style at Nailcote Hall from the 4th-7th August. With Tony Jacklin CBE hosting and playing in all 4 days, the stars certainly came out in record numbers to join in the fun of the historic golf tournament. 2008 reached new heights in terms of exposure, and was headlined on the popular Setanta Golf channel. The hotly contested Pro-Am competition was won by European Tour legend Mark Mouland, with fellow European Tour professional, Lee Slettery picking up 2nd place.
The 2007 event broke new boundaries in terms of being the most high profile tournament to date. Television and media exposure reached new heights including coverage on Sky Sports and there was the highest turn-out in relation to spectator numbers, celebrity numbers and participation by European Tour professionals. However, it was down to Steve Cowle to take the coveted title of 2007 Numark British Par 3 Champion finishing 6 under par, 4 shots ahead of second placed Sam Walker. In doing so he became the first non-European Tour professional to win the title. Steve wasn't finished there though, he also won the Pro-Am team competition with his partner and former England Rugby Union International Tim Stimpson.
The 2006 Championship celebrated the 60th Anniversary in professional golf of two times Ryder Cup captain Bernard Hunt and the competition that followed was special indeed. With the strongest field ever, including 18 European Tour professionals such as Jarrod Moseley from Australia and Steve Scahill from New Zealand, the competition was fierce. After 36 holes rising European Tour Stars Tom Whitehouse and Shaun Webster tied at 7 under par and after a birdie 2 on the 7th hole Shaun Webster was crowned Champion.
2001 was a very special year celebrating the late Max Faulkner's 50th anniversary of winning the Open Championship and the Championship lived up to the special occasion in every way.Ultimately the title went to Midlands' star Robert Rock who won with a 4 under par score of 104, but only after a really exciting three man play off.
The 2000 event produced the first play-off when Jeremy Robinson, from the European Tour, defeated Brian Rimmer on the first extra hole after they had tied with a score of 4 under par.
In 1999 the championship was honoured by 1951 Open Champion Max Faulknerand twice Ryder Cup captain Bernard Hunt. A thrilling competition was ultimately won by European Tour star Carl Mason thanks in no small measure to a stunning course record of a 6 under par 21 in the third round.
It is fitting that a past Ryder Cup star Peter Baker should be the first winner in the new era. For those who delight in the finesse and art of shot making in golf, rather than the power driving of the modern age, the British Professional Short Course Championship is a welcome challenge of golfing skill.
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