After shooting a 1 over 73 at Worksop Golf Club (the Brabazon Northern Qualifier) he had a nervous 6 hour wait to see if he had taken one of the 30 places available from the 132 man field!
Unfortunately, 13 players had tied on 73 with only 5 places remaining. After paring his 3 play-off holes he secured one of the 5 qualifying places. He will now tee it up at Walton Heath in the Brabazon Final on the 28th June to the 1st July.
Full results can be seen on the English Golf Union website. www.englandgolf.org
Ryan Wallace and Tom Ibbertson put up a great fight in the 2nd round of the 78th Sunningdale Foursomes
Wednesday 14th March – second round
Ryan Wallace & Tom Ibbertson lost on the 2nd play off hole at Sunningdale in the 78th Sunningdale Foursomes yesterday to Stiggy Hodgson (ex Walker Cup player and now professional) & James Stansbury in what was a close contest.
The Warwickshire Pair were 2 up after 8, but some wayward tee shots allowed the Sunningdale pair to come back into the match and got 1 up after 15.
Ryan & Tom won the 16th to draw level. On the 17th a very good bunker shot from Stiggy after a wayward tee shot from James kept the game level going to the 18th.
The 18th was halved in birdies and the match went down the 19th, again the 19th was halved in birdies and at the 20th, a par 3, both pairs hit the green; Ryan’s 15 foot putt lipped out leaving a 4 foot braking putt – James birdie put also lipped out leaving Stiggy a 3 footer. Tom’s putt for unfortunately lipped out again leaving Stiggy to holed out to win the match.
A great experience for the two Warwickshire players against quality opposition on their own course.
Well done to Ryan, and unlucky, meeting two players on their home course – always a difficult task.
Tuesday 13th March – first round
Ryan Wallace (Handsworth) & Tom Ibbertson (Coventry Hearsall G C) progressed to the last 64 of the 78th Sunningdale Foursomes with a 2 & 1 victory on the Old course over D Peel professional from Stockport Golf club & his son M Peel Cheshire county captain.
They tee off in the morning against Walker Cup player now professional Stiggy Hogson & his Partner James Stansbury both from Sunningdale on the New course.
Other notable players through are to the second round are Paul McGinley, David Gilford, Tony Johnstone, Ian Pyman , David Howell and local professional Warren Bladen.