A prestigious meet swings in to Little Hay

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LITTLE Hay played host to a stage of a national golf championship on Saturday.

The Home Counties West zonal final of the National Association of Public Golf Clubs Championship headed to Bovingdon, and players were treated to excellent hospitality at the club.

Despite this month’s downpours of heavy rain, the course was in superb condition and presented a stiff but fair challenge to more than 60 competitors – including eight from Little Hay.

Recent wet and warm weather had caused the rough to grow quickly, providing severe punishment for wayward balls, but the greens and fairways were well cut and even.

And there was success for the hosts as Little Hay club captain Martin Evans won the third division of the event – for players with a handicap between 13 and 20 – with a net score of 70.

Evans, along with Little Hay members Ben Hopkinson, Paul Williams and Alan Christie, progressed to the national finals of the Championship of England, to be held at the National Centre of Excellence for Golf at Woodhall Spa in September.

NAPGC organiser Colin Ballantyne praised the help which he had received from the management and staff of Little Hay Golf Complex and from Little Hay Golf Club, and said he looked forward to holding further NAPGC Championship events at Little Hay in the future.