Quirk of fate sees Richard become champion

Richard Quirk has admitted his delight at winning the inaugural ‘Race to Woodhall Spa’ was matched only by his surprise at becoming champion.

The Hurlston Hall golfer earned the title of men’s handicap golfer of the year with a storming total of 42 Stableford points around the Bracken course at Woodhall Spa.

Playing off a handicap index of 15, the 60-year-old treated the finals as a chance to enjoy a short holiday in the Lincolnshire countryside.

Instead, he left the home of England Golf clutching the silver plate and crystal that was handed to the winner of the handicap event open to all male members of affiliated golf clubs in England.

Quirk reached the national final having won an open event at Lytham Green Drive which was used by the Lancashire club as a qualifier.

“I came down for two days golf and a mini break – as simple as that,” admitted the champion.

“To win anything is great – I’m a 60-year-old man and to win anything against all those young bucks is a bonus.

“It’s absolutely fantastic.

“I’d never been here before and loved the course – very testing with some pins I couldn’t hit and ended up in the water!

“But I was relaxed as I didn’t come down to win anything.”

Quirk finished three points ahead of Edwin Chiu from the Melbourne and The Mere’s Roger Bartlett. Chiu took runner up spot by virtue of a better back nine.

The first ever staging of the Race to Woodhall Spa proved to be a huge success with a pre-event dinner and a competition on a beautifully presented course.

Quirk added: “I’ll be going back to Hurlston Hall let everyone know about it, get my pictures taken and hopefully many more will have a go at it next year.”


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