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Level 2 Rules Course Annoucned

Thursday 18th July 2024

Upcoming Level 2 Rules Course - 3rd & 4th October

Hampshire Golf, in collaboration with the R&A and England Golf, is excited to announce an upcoming Level 2 Rules Course. This comprehensive two-day event will be held on the 3rd and 4th of October.

The course is designed for those looking to deepen their understanding of the rules of golf, with expert instruction and practical insights provided by experienced professionals.

Event Details:

Dates: 3rd & 4th October

Location: Hampshire Golf HQ- Hockley GC

Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills. Secure your spot today!

For more information and to register, please click here.

Seniors County Qualifying Underway

Thursday 18th July 2024

Hampshire’s Seniors team travel up the A34 with little expectations of breaking their duck in never having qualified for the English Seniors County Championship.

L-R, Tim Gilbert, Phil Dedman, Dave Edmunds, Andy Bow, Richard Elmes and Martin Milne

This year’s Six-man for the Over 55s is the 20th anniversary of the competition being introduced on England Golf’s South Eastern Group calendar, but Hampshire have never finished better than third.

​​The event, which began back in 2005, has been played over 36 holes since 2009 and this year takes place at Heythrop Park.

Hampshire were fifth and third respectively in 2017 and 2018, but since 2019, they have been among the backmarkers with Sussex and more recently Surrey becoming the division’s dominant force.

The closest Hampshire have come to reaching the final was back in 2008 at Royal Wimbledon, when the event was played over 18 holes and they tied with Kent, who qualified six times in a row from 2005.

But with five of the six scores that counted leaving the two counties tied on 389, Kent went through by virtue of having a lower sixth score, which was just one lower.

Hampshire have also managed to finish third three times – in 2010, 2015 and most recently in 2021.

Captain Andy Palmer can no longer count on former English Seniors captain Alan Mew to add some star quality to the Hampshire side, which very much relies on two former first-team captains Andy Bow and Richard Elmes.

Both have led the county to the English County Finals while in charge of the Six-man Hampshire Men’s side – Bow did it back-to-back in 2007 and 2008 while Elmes managed the feat in 2013.

But crucially, neither were playing captains, and glory in the final eluded both the Stoneham members.

Bow in his time has won the Courage Trophy and the Hampshire Mid-Amateur Championship, while Elmes is a member of the exclusive club of just five players who have won both the Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Channel Islands Amateur Championship and the Hampshire Seniors title.

Elmes completed the double in the quickest time, by claiming the Over 55s title at Petersfield in 2017 – 15 years after landing the Sloane Stanley Challenge Cup by beating Meon Valley G&CC junior Sam Boyes in the final on his home course in Southampton.

This week’s team also features Hayling’s Tim Gilbert, who has won the Hampshire Seniors Championship in 2018 and 2024 and played at Royal Cinque Ports before moving west.

Gilbert pipped Mew to the Seniors title in a play off, in May, at Royal Winchester, with Bow a shot back in third place.

The trio of Dave Edmunds (Lee-on-the-Solent) Martin Milne and Phil Dedman (both Stoneham) make up the Hampshire sextet, who will hope to score well on the course at the grand looking Oxfordshire spa resort, between Banbury and Buckingham.

Former European Tour player, Mew won the English Mid-Amateur three times in the 1990s after returning to the amateur ranks, before a sojourn on the European Seniors Tour some 20 years ago.

Since giving up his Seniors Tour card, Mew – raised in Trinidad and Tobago – won the Irish Seniors title in 2019, and was given the English Seniors team captaincy having played for the national over 55s team.

Hampshire have had some success in the South East League, claiming the trophy after winning the final in 2017 when they beat Hertfordshire in the final.

They lost in their previous appearance in the final back in 2010 when former World No. 1 Grand Prix champion Nigel Mansell played for Hampshire, having been a member at Jersey’s La Moye after retiring from Formula One and Indy Car Racing in the USA.

Surrey will defend the crown they claimed at Heacham Manor 12 months ago with a team boasted by two-time English Seniors Amateur Champion Ian Attoe, and county first-team veterans David Boxall, Simon Crockett and Nigel Pimm, who have all captained their county’s men’s team in the past 30 years.

6-Man Qualifying Report

Wednesday 17th July 2024

The Hampshire Team came excruciatingly close to lifting the 6 man trophy and punching their ticket to County Finals.

Darren Walkley holding his finish, holing out for an eagle 2 on the last hole of the day

Report by Andrew Griffin

NOT even a spectacular hole-out by Liphook GC’s former EuroPro Tour player Darren Walkley could fire Hampshire to their first English County Finals in seven years, as Essex pipped them at the death in the South East Qualifier.

Darren, who played with Europe’s best prospects on the mini-tours – before quitting the pro game during the pandemic after five years in the paid ranks – striped his drive up the hill on the last.

In front of a growing crowd of players and county officials from the counties in contention – Walkley swept a sweetly struck 58-degree wedge, and watched as the ball bounced before tracking into the bottom of the cup.

Darren said: “I had 55 yards and was just trying to get it close to make a birdie. I knew it had a chance and that it would run out with a bit of break like a putt – so I tried to allow for that.”

The eagle two gave Walkley a second round 67 – five better than his morning effort, which had been Hampshire’s highest score in the first round, and therefore discarded with only the best five counting.

But cruelly, within a couple of minutes, the leaderboard was updated to show Essex’s England international Zach Chegwidden had come home in 68.

That four-under score gave Essex their first victory in the event since 2009 when they denied Hampshire a hat-trick of successive wins at Suffolk’s Aldeburgh.

Walkley, who missed the Six-man shootout a year ago, having lost the county championship final a month earlier – was back in the Six-man team for the first time since he won the 2015 Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Channel Islands Amateur Championship.

The full-time carpenter had briefly given his team-mates hopes of reeling in lunchtime leaders Berkshire, Bucks and Oxfordshire’s 16-under score in the morning round.

The wind had whipped up around Brighton’s Devil’s Dyke on the Sussex Downs, sending their scores soaring after lunch. B.B.&O. took 22 shots more, while Hampshire added a four-under total to their first round score to post a total of 708, only for Essex to shoot 706.

A wistful Walkley reflected: “It was great to finish by holing out like that in front of everyone, but it didn’t mean anything in the end, which was a shame.

“Perhaps if I had played better in the first round, things might have been different and we could have been going to the finals in September.”

Hampshire plugged away valiantly all day in search of their eighth win in the South East Qualifier since 2001, including three in a row from 2015-17, when they claimed the English County Championship crown for just the second time in their history – and the first since 1996 when a teenage Justin Rose was in the team.

Darren added: “Nobody goes out intending to hit bad golf shots so no one is to blame that we didn’t win. We have a great team spirit that took us to our first league title in 11 years last year.

“When we got the draw and I saw I was the last player out for us, I had a funny feeling that it would come down to me to try and get us over the line.”

Walkley, who made three birdies and three bogeys in his level-par 72, opened with three quick birdies as he plundered the Dyke’s unusual start, with three par-fives in the first four holes.

He made another birdie at the par-five 11th and got to four-under with a three at the 15th – only to give it straight back after failing to get up-and-down on the 16th, as he finished in a share of fifth overall out of the 66 players competing from the 11 counties in the South Eastern Group.

Saunders, who shot a three-under par 69 before lunch, with six birdies and a double-bogey, was four-under with four to play, having gone out in three-under.

But he dropped five shots to fall down the leaderboard from second to 12th thanks to his 73.

Young, who claims the unofficial record for most appearances in the Six-man, had also made a fast start in round two making three birdies in a row before reeling off 12 pars in a row in the worst of the wind, which suddenly dropped over the last few holes.

He eventually finished in a share of 12th, having got to four-under overall, finally posting two 71s, with Bramshaw’s Joe Buenfeld matching that score exactly, having also got to four-under before dropping three shots between the 13th and 17th.

Charlie Forster, Hampshire’s newest international cap, who will make his Great Britain and Ireland debut against Europe later this month, looked to have run out of steam a little with a second round 75, having led the way with a fine 69 before lunch.

La Moye’s Jo Hacker, who made his South East League debut against Sussex at The Dyke, three years ago after claiming his first county championship, finished over par for the day, carding rounds of 72 and 74.

The Jacksonville University graduate, who was based at Florida’s Sawgrass for four years, got off to fast start with three birdies in a row from the second in ideal scoring conditions.

Despite starting on the more difficult back nine after lunch, he got to the turn in one-over.

But he could not repeat his team-mates’ efforts, who had been 10-under for the first four holes on the front nine in round two, playing the first three par-fives in one-over.

On a tough day, Hampshire flew the flag proudly and came excruciatingly close to punching their ticket to County Finals but it wasn't to be this year. This makes it Hampshire's second runner up finish in 2 years and we're sure Toby Burden and his team will do all they can to make sure 2025 is our third time lucky!!

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