BGA Challenge Trophy
The format of the Challenge Trophy was changed this year; after over 100 years. Why would you do that? Well the answer is, entries have fallen from a tournament that was run over 3 days to less than a hand full of pairs. Match play golf does not seem to very popular now so the BGA opted to try a 4 ball better ball format. Still pairs but the best ball from the pair will count. Now I know that all you golfers know that but there might be someone out there who is unaware of the format.
The Roxburghe Golf Club was kind enough to let us play the competition on their course and 14 pairs entered. The secret of 4 ball is not to have both players scoring the same on their good holes and much worse, both scoring the same on their bad holes.
The forecast was for rain later in the day and as it turned out, only 30 minutes or so of heavy rain fell, which was a lot less than places quite near. Scoring was hindered by players loosing balls; I think the record was a total of 6 by one disappointed golfer. Not as much disappointment as his playing partner. We also had a player, who searching for his ball on what he thought was firm ground, found that it was not firm at all and found himself up to the knees in water.
After all this excitement we ended up with tight finish with the Eoghan Waiby and David Nicol from the Woll Golf Club taking the trophy by 1 point from Ian Ford and Scott McEllrath with Paul Johnson and Graeme Tinlin a further point back.