Posted 3 May

Teamwork pays off for Banstead Downs and Brickendon Grange

The results are in for the two golf events that Open Solutions supported, the PGA Professional & Secretary Challenge in the PGA South and East regions. 39 teams competed on behalf of their clubs at Woodcote Park Golf Club and Hartsbourne Country Club on the 12th and 16th of April respectively.

In the PGA South region, the team of PGA Head Professional Stephen Plane and club manager Bob Marchbanks from Banstead Downs Golf Club are this year’s winners of the regional Teamwork Trophy.

21 teams played at Woodcote Park Golf Club and with two birdies in the last three holes, the Banstead Downs team edged out Littlehampton’s PGA Head Professional Lewis Parker and general manager Stuart McConachie on a count back, as both pairs had tied with cards of 6-under-par 66.

Plane thanked Golf Game Book run by Clarion Golf for the live scoring provided on the day, as team Banstead Downs could see exactly what was needed to catch the Littlehampton pair.

Besides the winners’ cheques for the professionals thanks to Open Solutions, there was also champagne and wine for the prize winners from wine merchants Ellis of Richmond to help with the obvious joie de vivre.

Clarion Golf also gave away two bottles of wine to each of the four winners of the Nearest the Pin competition, and Effingham Golf Club’s PGA Head Professional James Gunning was the lucky winner of the prize draw for a year’s subscription to, the leading online lesson booking and pro diary app.

Clapp and Short claim PGA East prize

The winning team for the PGA East region’s inaugural PGA Professional & Secretary Challenge was Andrew Clapp and club manager James Short from Brickendon Grange Golf Club in Hertfordshire.

Played at Hartsbourne Country Club, the pair shot a five-under-par 66 to win by one stroke from the home team of George Fleet (Hartsbourne Country Club) and Jeremy Bohn. Clapp and Short made five birdies between them and kept bogeys off their card.

The crunch hole was the 414-yard par-four 17th. While the home team of Fleet and Bohn had dropped a shot there, the eventual winners made a vital birdie on it that would prove decisive. A further stroke back saw the Old Fold Manor team of Glen Portelli and Callum Austin tie with the team from Sudbury Golf Club of James Wood and Guy Stacey.

18 pairs competed and the organisers felt the day was a great success. PGA East’s Regional manager Gordon Campbell said: “We were very pleased with our first staging of the PGA Professional & Secretary Challenge. We feel the day has great potential, especially as an opportunity to network and share best practice ideas. I’m confident the day will grow in 2019 and beyond.”

CEO Ed Beale delighted all the competitors when he announced that Open Solutions will be sponsoring the PGA Professional & Secretary Challenge again in 2019:

“The Teamwork Trophy has become a terrific and very popular event thanks to the initiative of Woodcote Park’s PGA Pro Wraith Grant and manager Adrian Dawson, so I’m very pleased to support their concept and The PGA again next year in both the South and East regions, and ideally other regions as well.”