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Colin Parson Champion - Major No 1 The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club
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’It’s A “FLAIR COP” - AS IMPERIOUS PARSON PREVAILS!

Being the birthplace of William Shakespeare, it should comes as no surprise that the converse at the highly acclaimed Warwickshire Golf Club was high in intellectual veracity with pronouncements all proclaiming insight to the road to success, silverware and much ado about something. Feverishly anticipated and eagerly awaited, The ACGA finally raised the curtain on a season which has all the hallmarks of being one of the most closely contested, fiercely fought confrontations in the history of the society. Flying in the face of all things Shakespearian, the time for talk was over, the time for posturing and pomposity was over, in these parts the pen has always been mightier than the sword but the question remained, who at the end of the weekend would be written off and who would be cut down to size.M-1-Colin P

Boasting some of the finest golfing facilities in the country, The Warwickshire Golf club set in 465 acres of flowing, picturesque countryside, played perfect host to the opening fixture in the 2014 ACGA golfing calendar – The Christian English sponsored “Weekender”. Having been commissioned for its architecture, ambitious American designer Karl Litten sought to build a golf course with a distinctive, different character which he hoped to include inland links, woodland, Americana and parkland. In achieving his compulsion, the golfing complex in all its splendour would come to brag two championship courses, many professional tournaments, a European Seniors Tour Event and the Midland PGA Final. With credentials aplenty the stage was set.


Having overseen such an eminently successful first year, Lady Captain Jacqui Harbour’s season opening speech would reiterate the conviction of the standing committee to exceed and surpass the successes of the previous year. With a packed audience which included distinguished partners, the Lady Captain re-emphasised the desire to reignite the ACGA, endorsed the importance of advancing and promoting the membership all within the cauldron of boisterous banter and fierce competition. And so it began.

According to golfing supremo and TV pundit Johnny Miller, it’s all about the foundations. Irrespective of course, competition or competence the formula for success must be built on the unyielding foundations of a solid, water tight first round. Perhaps some of the ACGA golfing fraternity have no time for words of wisdom from Johnny Miller, perhaps they have never even heard of Johnny Miller, judging by some of the scores on the first day, solid could easily be mistaken for squalid as shots were dropped and squandered with frivolous abandon.


With his archaeological exploits from Woodhall Spa still fresh in the memory, the hapless Chris Thomas set about digging a fresh grave from whence his title hopes would not re-emerge. Indeed, there were cries of “HOUSE” when Chris handed in his day one scorecard, such was the resemblance to that of a mecca bingo winning return.  With and no less than 10 crosses and 13 points, Chris was not going to win or get attacked by a vampire. “Eighteen with a bullet” was the cry for all those who shot themselves in the foot with a haul of just 18 points – including co sponsor Julian Octave who’s game apparently became increasingly unstitched, Leo Faure sprung a series of unexpected leaks and Really Suffered Loads and none other than money trading mogul Austin Simmonds who acted out his own version of the Wall Street crash with 8 points on back nine you couldn’t take seriously let alone to the bank.


Yet amid the tumult and turmoil, those with prudence and patience painstakingly positioned themselves for a title charge on the final day. Pre tournament favourite Richard ‘course record’ Payne was in touching distance having recorded a solid 34pts to leave himself one off the lead. Vice captain Keith ‘teeeeef’ Murray enjoyed a welcome return to form with a well constructed 33pts as did his brother in arms, champion of champion’s supremo and fellow committee member Cassius Browne. However, first day honours would ultimately belong to a golfer who has become the personification of steady, the quintessence of calm and the epitome of unflappable. Colin ‘The Sweeny’ Parsons combined experience and excellent course management to top the leader board with a fine return of 35pts. Apart from a rear blemish at the innocuous par 5 sixth, Parsons played serene golf to thoroughly deserve the half way lead. With the wolves gathering in close proximity, the question remained; down the stretch could they steal the prize and beat the bobby?


And so onto Sunday. And true to form, as the gloves came off to engage the battle, unfortunately for one or two of the front runners, so did the wheels of their title challenge. Take Vice Captain Keith Murray for example, he managed the perfect average – nine points on the first nine holes.  Perhaps when ‘Teeeef’ visits Las Vegas next, with slot machines aplenty he might have better use of the three 7’s he scored on the front nine.  Cassius Browne also saw his title challenge halted by an apathetic front nine. Although he would finish an extremely creditable 4th, Cassius will no doubt look back to a profligate first 5 holes where he could only manage 5 points. Having birdied 3 shot holes during his round, Osa Amenichi might well choke on his next burrito when he relives the stretch of holes between the 15thand the 17th. With a second major within touching distance, Osa lost his head and his sombrero with a series of golf swings which would have graced Babe Ruth – one point ensued and third place on the podium.


With very little periphery for error, the title was indeed decided by a slightest of margins. Richard ‘Course Record’ Payne continued in his rich vein of form but was eventually undone by an untimely double bogey at the par 4 twelfth, with a SI of 13 the blemish would ultimately cost him the title. However a highly commendable return of 32 points and a grand total of 66pts would secure the ubiquitous Bajan a well merited second place. However, bearing in mind that one of the most difficult feats to achieve in sport is to win from the front, unreserved respect and admiration should be bestowed on eventual champion Colin ‘The Sweeny’ Parsons. With his nearest rivals breathing down his neck Parson held his nerve and produced stellar golf to claim top spot and rewards aplenty. In the knowledge that a steady round would give him every opportunity, Parsons produced the golf he has over the years become synonymous with. Producing blemish free golf, he would record the 32points he required for a grand total of 67 points and victory by one point in one of the closest contests in recent memory. Congratulations go out to Parsons and the thoroughly professional manner in which he navigated his route to victory. Our congratulations also go out to Mrs Parsons who having accompanied her “baby”, proudly collected Colin’s copious winning on his behalf. We understand Mrs Parsons was last seen boarding a plane to the Bahamas.

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The Warwickshire - Weekender   11-12 April 2014

Place

Players

Hcp

Round 1

Round 2

Total

ORM   Points

Fr9

Bk9

Total

Bds

Fr9

Bk9

Total

Bds

1

Colin Parson

8

16

19

35

1

16

16

32

 

67

100

2

Richard Payne

5

18

16

34

 

16

16

32

 

66

90

3

Osa Amenchi

16

16

15

31

 

17

13

32

2

63

85

4

Cass Browne

11

14

19

33

 

14

15

29

 

62

80

5

Steve Garner

7

15

16

31

1

13

16

29

2

60

75

6

Tye Carter

0

13

15

28

 

15

14

29

1

57

70

7

Frank Skinner

12

12

14

26

 

10

20

30

1

56

65

8

Danny McLeod

13

14

14

28

1

14

14

28

 

56

60

9

Keith Murray

10

17

16

33

 

12

10

22

 

55

55

10

Dudley Stephenson

14

12

15

27

 

14

13

27

 

54

50

11

Trevor Lammy

11

17

14

31

 

12

11

23

 

54

G

12

Raf Roberts

14

11

13

24

 

21

8

29

 

53

40

13

Terry Morris

13

12

13

25

1

11

17

28

2

53

38

14

Gary Cameron

9

14

18

32

 

10

11

21

 

53

36

15

Randy Plowright

8

17

10

27

 

15

10

25

1

52

34

16

Wayne Cudjoe

10

8

16

24

 

14

13

27

 

51

32

17

Del Manderson

13

14

12

26

 

12

12

24

1

50

30

18

Ossie Roberts

9

14

11

25

 

11

11

22

 

47

28

19

Clyde Murray

13

13

15

28

1

10

9

19

 

47

26

20

Sophia Lodge

18

12

8

20

 

12

13

25

 

45

24

21

Cora Edwards

12

10

12

22

 

10

13

23

 

45

22

22

Mickey Griffin

18

13

16

29

 

9

7

16

 

45

20

23

Leon Brown

14

16

12

28

 

8

8

16

 

44

18

24

Mike Woodstock

17

12

17

29

 

7

8

15

 

44

16

25

Leo Faure

9

11

7

18

 

12

12

24

 

42

14

26

Jacqui Harbor

25

8

11

19

 

11

11

22

 

41

12

27

Bose Sreedharan

9

8

12

20

 

10

10

20

 

40

10

28

Austin Simmonds

10

10

8

18

 

14

8

22

 

40

9

29

Ricky Coward

18

12

10

22

 

10

8

18

 

40

8

30

Chris Thomas

10

7

6

13

 

13

13

26

 

39

7

31

Patrick Winkle

16

10

8

18

 

10

11

21

 

39

6

32

Greg Worrell

24

4

11

15

 

10

10

20

 

35

5

33

William Burnett

20

11

8

19

 

8

8

16

 

35

4

34

Andy Ferdinand

18

10

10

20

 

8

6

14

 

34

3

35

Julian Octave

24

11

7

18

 

7

6

13

 

31

G

36

Mayhe Bernard

16

4

11

15

 

7

8

15

 

30

2

37

Ernie Owusu

13

6

8

14

 

7

7

14

 

28

1

 

Average

13.16

11.9

12.5

24.46

5

11.6

11.2

22.92

10

47.3

1,175

Nearest   the Pin

TYE   CARTER

 

Longest   Drive

RICHARD   PAYNE

 

 

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