We can look forward to a trip to France next month after storming through the field to win the English Men’s Champion Club tournament at Romford Golf Club in Essex.
We will now be England’s representatives at the European Men’s Club Trophy at Golf du Medoc on October 24-26 after claiming our national Club title for the second time in the last three years.
The victory also made up for the disappointment of narrowly missing out on defending the title last year when we finished runners-up to Castle Royal at Huddersfield.
Our team comprised of Alex Dixon, Phil Ridden and Andrew Minnikin. We started the final round on two over par 215 and seven shots off the pace set by Royal Lytham & St Annes but they shaved nine shots off that score in the second round with Dixon carding a four under par 67, Ridden shooting a 68 and Minnikin contributing a level par 71.
That was enough to see us claim a four-shot victory over Chelmsford Golf Club in Essex on five under par 421 with Northamptonshire County one shot further back on level par 426.
“We’re really overjoyed,” said our club captain Simon Coultas. “It didn’t look likely after yesterday but we battled away and in the end it proved to be enough.
“This tournament has been very good to us over the last three years,” he added. “We’ve got three or four really good county players at the club and that’s held us in good stead.
“Alex and Phil were in the team that won in 2017 so they know what it’s like to represent England in Europe. We’re looking forwards to it already.”
“I think playing early today probably helped us,” said Dixon. “We were able to post and score and then sit back and let the others try and catch us. I’d always rather do that than have to do the chasing.
“We finished third in the team event in France two years ago so it would be great if we could do better than that,” he added. “Phil and I know what it’s all about so we will be able to give Andrew so pointers.”