Working alongside the PGA in the Midlands, Write Angle Media covered the British Par 3 Championships at Nailcote Hall, feeding stories into the regional press. We were also involved in securing decent photographic coverage – highlighted by this excellent picture of 2011 winner Andrew Sherborne.
Andrew Sherborne bagged the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship title after claiming eight birdies on a thrilling second day of the Nailcote Hall competition.
The 50-year-old from Bristol, finished three shots clear of European Tour ace Simon Wakefield to secure the £15,000 top prize.
Erewash Valley’s Mark Smith finished all square to share third place with another European Tour regular Seve Benson.
“I dropped shots on the last two holes but I wouldn’t want to swap the first 16 holes,” Sherborne explained after shooting four-under on the second day.
“I was only four behind and that’s nothing in any round of golf let alone here where the holes are so difficult. You can hit slightly too long, take a hard bounce and you have a double-bogey. I managed to avoid the double-bogeys today though.”
Sherborne, a regular on the Seniors Tour, admitted he has tackled the tricky Nailcote Hall holes before.
“I think I finished joint third one year and last the next – but that’s the sort of course it is.
“I’m now looking forward to going to Scotland to play in the Scottish Open next week and I will be back here next year to defend my title.”
Sherborne was presented with his prize by Tony Jacklin CBE, who was both hosting and competing in the event at the historic Warwickshire venue.
The competition looked to be heading to a thrilling finale after back-to-back birdies edged Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Wakefield to within a shot of the lead.
But with another birdie needed on the last to force a play-off, his tee shot careered off the far side of the green ensuring the 37-year-old finished with a bogey and second place.
Former US Seniors Open champion Larry Laoretti was also among the field along with European Seniors Tour legends Maurice Bembridge, Tommy Horton MBE and Carl Mason.
But the Seniors prize, awarded to the leading player aged over 60, went to Chorley’s Denis Durnian who finished on four-over.