The Lagonda Trophy
|Pos||Name||Club||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total|
|1||Liam Phipps||Olton Golf Club||70||69||66||67||272|
|T2||Danny Daniels||The Hertfordshire Golf Club||68||68||72||68||276|
|T2||Harrison Arnold||Castle Royle Golf & Country Club||71||71||66||68||276|
|T4||Harvey Byers||Walton Heath Golf Club||71||67||72||67||277|
|T4||Warren Bates||Heacham Manor Golf Club||63||71||74||69||277|
|T6||James Newton||Prestbury Golf Club||75||67||68||68||278|
|T6||Max Adams||Bury St Edmunds Golf Club||71||65||73||69||278|
|T6||Laurie Owen||Letchworth Golf Club||67||72||67||72||278|
|9||George Goddard||West Hove Golf Club||67||68||74||70||279|
|T10||Ryan Brooks||Whittington Heath Golf Club||76||64||71||69||280|
|T10||Dan Taplin||Chartham Park||72||67||71||70||280|
|T10||David Rudd||Longniddry Golf Club||67||71||71||71||280|
Sixty six competitors with handicaps ranging from scratch to plus 4 turned up on a wonderful sunny day at the Gog Magog Golf Club to compete in the 45th staging of this prestigious amateur event. It was the 30th occasion the event has been staged at the club since it was moved from the Camberley Heath GC in 1990.
The field included James Newton of the Prestbury GC who last week won the Irish Amateur Open title at County Sligo on Ireland’s West Coast.
Also playing was Liam Phipps form Olton GC in the West Midlands who last week led the qualifiers for the Brabazon Trophy by scoring 66 at the Hindhead GC in Surrey.
The Old Course was in good condition considering the drought of last year thanks to the hard work put in by Andrew Howarth and his team. Some of the fairways were still not back to their best, but the greens were true and of a decent pace to test the competitors.
The 1st round leader with a magnificent 63 was Warren Bates from the Heacham Manor Golf Club in Norfolk. He played the 5th to the 14th holes in an amazing 8 under par, which included a run of 6 consecutive birdies.
He held a 4 shot lead at this stage from 4 players on 67.
Bates kept the throttle down by birdieing the 1st three holes of his afternoon round and further birdies at 7 & 8 coupled with a bogey at the 4th took him to an amazing 11 under after only 26 holes.
Disaster struck at the 12th hole where his drive finished an agonisingly 4 inches out of bounds and his provisional ball also just out of bounds. Unfortunately, he finished the hole with a quadruple 8. He fought on bravely birdieing the last hole for a 71 and a total of 134 which led on day 1 by one shot.
Closely on his heels were George Goddard from West Hove GC with 135 (67 + 68) and four other players on 136 which included Max Adams from Bury St Edmunds who has recently joined the Gog Magog GC.
The cut came at 147 which included Gog Magog Club Champion Dominic Clemons on 141, Dave Quinney 146 and Nick Smits 147 both of the home club.
The beautiful weather continued on the second day and again this was reflected in some very good scoring.
Liam Phipps, the Tournament Chairman’s tip to win the event moved into serious contention and the lead by one shot with a fine 66 which included 4 birdies and no dropped shots. He led on 205 (70,69,66).
Laurie Owen from the Letchworth GC had 7 birdies in his round of 67 to follow his earlier scores of 67,72 to move just one shot behind Phipps.
These were closely followed 0n 208 by Arnold Harrison 71,71,66, Danny Daniels 68,68,72, and first day leader Warren Bates who slipped down with a 74 in his 3d round. All in all, there were 15 players within 6 shots of the lead and still in with a chance of victory.
“Live Scoring” had been in operation during the first 3 rounds and players and spectators could view how the tournament was progressing through their phones. I pads and laptops. The 4th round featured mobile scorers walking with the final 5 groups and recording their scores hole by hole, thus making it more exciting for spectators on the course and at home, or of course drinking in the clubhouse.
There was nothing in it after nine holes of the final round with Arnold Harrison of the Castle Royle Golf and Country Club and Danny Daniels of The Hertfordshire GC both getting within a shot of the leader Phipps who was out in level par 35. He had had a lucky break on the 5th hole where his tee shot rebounded from the pine trees back out into the open.
Harrison who was playing a few groups ahead of Phipps and Daniels had a mixed round of 6 birdies and 4 bogeys and a bogey on the 17th hole just about ended his chances of winning and he finished with a highly creditable score of 71,71,66,68 for a total of 276.
It was all nip and tuck behind with Phipps and Daniels until the Hertfordshire man bogeyed the 11th and 12th and Liam Phipps shortly after birdied the 12th hole. Phipps then moved into a 4 shot lead with a delightful eagle on the par 5 14th hole with a drive, mid iron and putt.
It was then all over bar the shouting as our winner calmly parred the remaining 4 holes for an eight under total of 272 (70,69,66,67).
Liam now joins the list of famous winners of the Lagonda Trophy which includes Ryder Cup players David Gilford, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Andy Sullivan. He was presented with the trophy, a replica of the Lagonda car, by Clive Smith and he also received a gold plated goblet as a memento of his victory.
Our thanks go to all the competitors for making our main event of the year so special.
To all of the club members who gave up their time to help run the tournament including the ball spotters, live scorers, recorders, referees, starters, office staff, professional staff, marshals, office staff, a huge thank you from the Tournament Chairman and also Clive Smith, the founder and sponsor of the Lagonda Trophy.