Once again, The Social Golfer online golf club and golf community gathered from all over the UK and with some players flying in from Africa for the 8th The Social Golfer OPEN 2018 (sponsored by Golf News and Golf Escapes).
First held in 2010, this year’s event was held at North Downs Golf Club in South London…
The Social Golfer OPEN Championship…
Despite the driest British Summer in 60 years, the heavens decided that it was 29th July that the dry spell was to end.
And didn’t we know about it!
However, this didn’t stop 64 golfers battling 30mph winds, squalling rain and, at times only 200 yards visibility.
The event is a great opportunity for TSG members to mingle and ‘be social’ with many of 5k strong UK members (10k+ worldwide) and compete for the much coveted Halliwell Cup donated by Stroke Survivor and British Inclusive Golf Ambassador, Ian Halliwell.
Furthermore, £5 from every entry fee was donated to British Inclusive Golf.
Golf News was very proud to be the Official Media Partner of the day, as the event included a number of golfing challenges and tests.
The Social Golfer OPEN Championship – The Day…
The day’s events comprised, an Individual 18-hole Stableford Competition (Men & Ladies).
A much enjoyed ‘Yellow Ball’ team event, run concurrently with the Straightest Drive and 2 x Nearest Pins.
The Golf News Guest Trophy, Charity Auction and Raffle also on offer.
This year, the event also hosted an indoor ‘Nearest Pin’ competition on North Downs golf simulator, with the winner receiving 2 nights half board at the Isla Canela Golf Hotel in Spain courtesy of Golf Escapes.
The Social Golfer OPEN Championship – The Winners…
This year’s Men’s winner was Peter Hammond (Hampshire) with 37 Pts and the Women’s winner was Anna Guss (West London & Poland) with 29 Pts. Full results as follows:
Men’s Trophy (Halliwell Cup) …
1st – Peter Hammond – 37 Pts (Won on countback)
2nd – Roger Hurcombe – 37 Pts (British Inclusive Golf)
3rd – Speedy Miller – 34 Pts
1st – Anna Guss – 29 Pts (Won on countback)
2nd – Judy Lilley – 29 Pts
Golf News Guest Trophy…
1st – Jay Penfold (British Inclusive Golf)
Other winners included…
- NP (3rd hole) – Michael Hanley
- NP(9th Hole) – Paul Langford
- NP in 2(11th hole) – Ian Smith
- Straightest Drive(18th hole) – Judy Lilley
- Nearest to the Sim Pin(sponsored by Golf Escapes) winning a 2-day golfing trip to Spain – Tony Moss
- Yellow Ball Team Winners– Ian Halliwell, Roger Hurcombe, Gary Wilson, Mark Reeves
- Trevor Sandford Trophy – Chip in Birdie – Steve Hunt
- Outstanding Contribution to TSG Award– Brigitte Lockwood
The Social Golfer OPEN Championship – The Charity…
As with all good golf society days, there is often a secondary purpose.
This year’s championship was no exception.
The Social Golfer have always been big advocates in supporting disability golf and this year the members raised over £1200 for British Inclusive Golf.
These monies will go towards helping young kids with autism and other mental and physical disabilities through the game of golf.
The Social Golfer OPEN Championship – What they said…
Speaking to Golf News after the event here’s what some of the attendees said about the day…
“On behalf of British Inclusive Golf, may I thank you and The Social Golfer community at the TSG 2018 Open, for the warm welcome we received and of course the considerable financial support through the funds raised on our behalf.”
“We are totally overwhelmed by the level of support! All our guys had a marvellous time despite the inclement weather and many new friendships were forged.” Ian Halliwell – Chairman – British Inclusive Golf
Ian Mullins, Event Director of The Social Golfer OPEN said “Being a golf day organiser can have its trials and tribulations but every year the atmosphere at our events just gets better and better. A big thanks to everyone at Golf News, Golf Escapes and Golf Deals Group for putting up over £1k’s worth of prizes. “
“We hope to grow the event even further in the next 12 months in the hope we can broaden the appeal of the day beyond just our members and guests but include more golfers from all over the world!”
By Ian Mullins