National handicap tournaments in full swing

Golfer in skull outfit

England Golf’s national handicap tournaments are in full swing, with 29 club golfers sealing spots at the Senior Series final at Woodhall Spa later this year.

The eight-leg Senior Series is open to all English club golfers over the age of 50, with more than 270 golfers from 178 clubs lining up in the first three events this year, with handicaps ranging from 0.4 to 27.9, and clothing ranging from traditional to… eye-catching (see above!).

Home advantage paid off for Peter Mehigan at the opening event on the tricky Nicklaus Course at St Mellion Golf Club in Cornwall, as he shot 34 points to top the leaderboard.

It was tight at the top for the second leg at Royal Ashdown Forest in East Sussex two weeks later, with Andrew Walker ultimately finishing first on countback after seven golfers scored 36 points.

The third leg of the Senior Series was also decided on countback, with Stoneham’s Khalid Aslam finishing ahead of Buckingham golfer Robbie Macpherson after both players shot 40 points at Bath Golf Club in Somerset.

It’s not too late to book a space in this year’s Senior Series, with entries still open for the seventh leg of the event at Cleveland Golf Club on Wednesday 22 June.

Who knows? You could book yourself a spot in the national final and find yourself teeing it up on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, vying for the title of England Golf Senior Series champion!

Defending champion reaches Captains’ national final

Last year’s winner Ian Smith is among 32 golfers to have booked a place at the England Golf Captains’ Series final at the half-way stage of qualifiers.

The annual tournament series is contested by members of the England Golf Captains’ programme for past and present club and county captains, with the top finishers from each of the 10 legs qualifying for a 36-hole final at Woodhall Spa in August.

Stover GC’s Sarah Arnold won the first event of the year, scoring 34 points on the Nicklaus course at St Mellion, while Stapleford Abbotts golfer James Wale topped the leaderboard at Porters Park with 39 points.

Five golfers reached the 40-point mark at the next two legs, with Crondon Park’s Lee Stevenson finishing on top at Royal Ashdown Forest, and Baildon’s Geoff Illingworth claiming victory at Headingley, both players winning on countback after strong back 9s.

Finally, Bath golfer Dave Sumison put on a masterclass at last week’s fifth leg of the Series, scoring 42 points to finish a point ahead of last year’s champion Smith (Peterborough Milton).

Nearest the pin branding from Slingsby

Five lucky (and skilful) captains also won the ‘Nearest The Pin’ competitions at each event, each winning a bottle of Slingsby Gin for their efforts.

There are limited spaces available in the remaining events of the Captains’ Series. You can download an application form for England Golf Captains on our membership pages.