A quartet from Blankney Golf Club in Lincolnshire won the latest qualifying tournament for England Golf’s new Club Team Championship and led six groups into the grand final.
The team of Rikki and Tony Czajkowski, Jonathan Audis and Caroline Mattock scored a total of 73 points on the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa Golf Club in Lincolnshire.
The other five qualifying teams are: Hickleton Golf Club, Yorkshire, 71 points; Gedney Hill Golf Club, Lincolnshire, 70; Elton Furze Golf Club, Cambridgeshire, 69; Melton Mowbray Golf Club, Leicestershire, 69; and Royal Cromer Golf Club, Norfolk 69.
They all go forward to the final at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire on Friday, 14 August, where they will play off against finalists from three other qualifying events. It will be a feature of the new Golf Week festival, staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.
The new competition invited clubs to enter teams of two men and two women with combined handicaps between 50 and 96. They play a stableford off three-quarters handicap, with the best two scores counting on each hole. The Blankney group’s handicaps ranged from 10 to 17.
“It’s marvellous,” said Rikki and she and her companions were confirmed as the winning team. “We’re absolutely chuffed, we had no idea we would win and it was exciting watching the leaderboard as the scores came in.
“It was a fabulous day and the course was wonderful. The fairways are beautiful and the greens are so true. It was a pleasure to play on the course,” added Rikki, who has twice been the ladies’ captain at Blankney.
This was the third of four qualifying events. Two have previously been held at Stoneham, Hampshire, and Fulford, York, and the fourth will take place at Coventry Golf Club on June 28.
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Caption: The Blankney team (from left) Tony Czajkowski, Caroline Mattock, Rikki Czajkowski and Jonathan Audis.