The annual Gentlemen’s Open Competition for the Coronation Trophy took place on Saturday 4th June 2016 at Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club.
After being played as a Foursomes since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth 2nd, this annual prestigious Gentlemen’s competition has bowed to modern pressures and for the very first time was played using the Four-Ball, Better-Ball MEDAL format.
The Organising Committee deliberated long and hard before agreeing to implement the change this year on a purely experimental basis. The Club has always prided itself in maintaining the highest traditions of the game, so dropping a form of play which was once so popular and had its basis in the very origins of the game, was never going to find much favour with the stalwarts. Nevertheless as entries this year exceeded expectations with the tee-times being completely filled from 8.00 am to 3.30 pm (together with a substantial waiting list), the momentous decision would appear to have been vindicated and there is high expectation that the revised format will continue next year.
The trophy, donated by George Burr (Captain in 1952) was won by Trevor Sims (SWGC) and his playing partner Mick Abbott (Stoke Rochford), with a magnificent nett score of 62.
2nd place overall :-
Phil Norris & Robert Tigg (SWGC) with a nett score of 64
3rd place overall :-
Tim Meadows & Richard McLoughlin (SWGC) with a nett score of 65 (on countback over the last 3 holes).
Best gross score was achieved by Barry Dawson and Maurice Hume (SWGC) with a score of 70.
Thanks to all the hard preparatory work by Stanton's dedicated Green Staff, the course was in perfect condition with many regulars commenting possibly the best ever. The greens were running fast and true and with well over 2/3rds of the field achieving a Nett score of par or better, some decent golf was clearly being played. Feedback from the competitors has been very positive and all those involved in the organisation are to be congratulated and thanked for their contribution (no matter how large or small) to all the day's events.
Many thanks are also due to the 184 entrants from 22 different clubs who supported this year's Coronation Trophy.
Congratulations as well to all the prize winners - we hope to see you again next year.
Annotated full results (Nett and Gross) are available for downloading.