Marshall’s Scratch Knockout Victory Crowns Excellent Season For Birstall Golf Club

Graham Marshall’s victory in the Leicestershire & Rutland Golf Union Seniors Scratch Knockout crowned a fantastic season for Birstall Golf Club in local, regional and national events. His victory over Ian Moss (Luffenham Heath) in the final at Stapleford Park was the first time Marshall has won this particular event and follows his very credible 11th place finish in the English Seniors Amateur Championship at Coxmoor and Sherwood Forest Golf Clubs earlier this year.
In a number of Leicestershire & Rutland Golf Union (L&RGU) events Birstall teams and members have featured prominently. The First Team, captained by Chris Webb, won the L&RGU Scratch League following a very tight battle over the season with Cosby Golf Club. The final match of the season, against Cosby, went right down to the final hole of the final game and Jack Mayfield’s 2-up win secured a first league title for Birstall since 2013.
Birstall also won the L&RGU Under 35s Scratch Knockout competition, beating Whetstone in the final in September. Under the captaincy of Shaun Corby this was the first time the Under 35s team had won the competition since a run of 5 consecutive triumphs between 2008 and 2012.
Birstall Ladies also had a very successful season with the highlight being reaching the final of the Ladies County Fours. The team of Katie Underwood, Ama Uprichard, Clare Bailey and Chris Hyde came through some extremely tough matches on the way to losing a closely contested final to Kirby Muxloe at Glen Gorse GC.
Birstall’s Heroes team also came extremely close to reclaiming their league title – a defeat in the final game of the season to Kirby Muxloe meant they lost the league on points difference but the team can be really proud of another outstanding effort.
In county events Birstall players recorded a number of high finishes throughout the season with players regularly featuring in the top 10 of events such as the Spring Tournament, County Championship, Leicestershire Fox and County Open. Steve Sansome collected two gross prizes – one for the Leicester Mercury Cup and the other in partnership with Paul Frith at the John Cheatle Foursomes as well as losing a playoff for the Leicestershire Fox.
Steve, along with Jack Mayfield, Jack Merry, Chris Webb and Scott Wormleighton all played for the L&RGU First team and Steve, Chris, Jack and Stuart Marriott all featured in the L&RGU Second Team that won the Anglian League for the second year in succession. For the County Seniors, Graham Marshall was a regular choice and also finished 4th in the L&RGU Seniors Championship whilst Naz Kullar was 3rd in the Seniors Handicap Championship.
Finally the Craws Nest Tassie at Carnoustie has always been a popular and successful event for Birstall Golf Club over the years and following the Open Championship in July the course was in fantastic condition. Five Birstall players entered the event and all made it through to the Tassie scratch knockout competition or the Maulesbank handicap event. David Dalby reached the quarter finals of the Maulesbank whilst Steve Sansome got all the way through to the final before losing to a +2 handicap member. Steve set a record though in his quarter final match – he won on the 26th, the 8th extra hole, which was the longest a Tassie match had ever gone on.
Commenting on the season as a whole Men’s Club Captain Mick Newton said “ 2018 will be remembered as one of the most successful in Birstall’s long history. Our teams and individual players have done us proud and reflect the efforts across the club aimed at ensuring we continue to prosper going forward. It has been a pleasure to watch them and experience top class local golf. It is also particularly pleasing to see our members going further afield and achieving great success against quality opposition. We are extremely fortunate to have such a great mix of members representing our club with great distinction.”