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Incredible Golf, Great Celebrities, Huge Crowds
Tommy Fleetwood claimed the coveted 2013 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship title, taking home a cheque for £25,000 with a majestic performance at Nailcote Hall.
The crowds enjoyed four days of golfing excellence and celebrity fun as golfing legends, top professionals and stars from sport and entertainment gathered in Warwickshire for the annual event, celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, which continues to grow year on year.
Record numbers of spectators came to watch and enjoy the Championship
action as it unfolded. Leading this year’s all star cast of
professionals were the most successful Ryder Cup Captain of all time
Tony Jacklin CBE, Ryder Cup legend Sam Torrance OBE and once Masters
winner Ian Woosnam OBE. The Sky Sports cameras were on hand to cover all
of the action of what has become the world’s leading par 3
The action began on Tuesday with the first Celeb Am tournament featuring star names including England cricketing legend Matthew Hoggard MBE, comedian Jasper Carrott OBE, Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman and goalkeeping legends Peter Shilton OBE and Peter Schmeichel MBE. The individual competition was won by ‘Big Break’ star, Irishman Mark Murphy who shot -3 under par to fend off the competition. The ‘Social Golfer’ took the spoils in the team event and there was a spectacular hole in one for James Weekes who was playing in the Glenmorangie team.
After a full day’s golfing action Nailcote Hall hosted the first of three gala balls all raising money for Midlands’s charity Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. There was superb entertainment from ‘Groove Nation’ and Tony Jacklin welcomed all guests to the championship with his inaugural welcome address.
The Professional Championship began on Wednesday 8th August and featured golfing icons and current professionals. The field included Tony Jacklin CBE, Sam Torrance OBE, Ian Woosnam OBE, Tommy Horton MBE, Gary Wolstenholme MBE, DJ Russell, Tommy Fleetwood, Robert Rock, Graeme Storm and Gary Boyd. 6-time European Tour winner Paul Broadhurst led after the first day, with a superb round of -6.
Always one of the highlights of the week, the Players’ Ball took place on Wednesday evening and featured a Q&A session with event host Tony Jacklin and his fellow Ryder Cup friends Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam with former snooker star Willie Thorne asking the questions. The trio candidly discussed their careers and kept the audience engaged with fascinating stories from their illustrious careers. There was a delicious three-course meal and entertainment was provided by mind reader and illusionist Graham Jolley.
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.
Day three of the Championship saw three holes in one for Douglas Dawes, Luke Tarbott and Paul English.
The Super Seniors prize for leading player over 60 was won by Senior Tour player Carl Mason. At the other end of his career, the Norma C Herd prize for leading amateur was won by Craig Lawrie, son of Open Championship winner Paul Lawrie. The Ian Halliwell Cup for leading Pro Am team went to the team featuring European Tour regular Andrew Marshall and former Manchester United and Wales star Clayton Blackmore.
Friday was the final day of the Championship and the second Celeb Am tournament. The celebrities teeing off included: former Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson, former Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders, former Grand National winner Bob Champion and Scotland football manager Gordon Strachan. Once again, Mark Murphy emerged victorious in the individual event with a round of -2, showing himself to be a master of the Cromwell Course. In the team event the ‘Callaghan Tire’ (USA) team were victorious.
The final charity gala ball concluded proceedings in what was a truly stunning week of golfing action at Nailcote Hall. The rain stayed away and the stars shone as spectators were treated to a unique and once again first class event.
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