Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship 2018
Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship 2017 Review
The 84th Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship round-up: Richard O’Hanlon wins his second Pro-Am Championship, as Robbie Fowler and Max Evans win on their debuts
Another four days of thrilling golf came to a close at Nailcote Hall, as the curtain came down on the 2017 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship. With packed crowds, this year’s tournament was the biggest and best yet, reflected by the stars who graced the prestigious Cromwell Course.
The 2017 Championship got under way with Tuesday’s Celeb-Am, with heavy rain hitting the course early on Tuesday morning, leaving a slick, tricky course for the assembled players. Scottish rugby star Max Evans, did enough to take the Celeb-Am title, birdying the 110-yard sixth hole, and finishing his round with a score of 36 points, on level par. Harry Potter actors James and Oliver Phelps appeared, with Oliver on caddy duty, helping his brother to second place, with a score of 33 points in the process, while ex-England cricketer James Taylor managed 31 points for third spot on his debut at the Championship.
England’s most capped player Peter Shilton OBE, former Wales forward John Hartson and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Len Goodman also took to the course, but none could rival Evans’ earlier round. BBC TV presenters Naga Munchetty and Manish Bhasin, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan OBE, former Aston Villa and Bayern Munich striker Alan McInally and Westlife’s Brian McFadden and Boyzone’s Keith Duffy, also entertained the crowd.
The first day of play led to many of the star celebrity names turning out for the Charity Gala Ball at Nailcote Hall that evening, with comedian Dominic Holland hosting proceedings for the evening, and a live charity auction, with proceeds going towards Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. The audience were then brought to their feet as they were treated to an exclusive live performance from BoyzLife, comprising of McFadden and Duffy, with a medley of tunes such as ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘Mandy’, ‘Words’ and ‘Swear It All Over Again’, providing a fantastic accompaniment to the night.
With Wednesday came the start of the Professional Championship. After a rain delayed morning which resulted in the day’s play being reduced to 9 holes, 2010 champion Richard O’Hanlon was -3 for his nine holes, scoring three birdies at the 3rd, 4th and 8th holes to end Wednesday as the undisputed leader. 1991 Masters champion Ian Woosnam OBE, Irish star Mark Murphy and local qualifier Ashley Mason closely trailed him, going into Thursday’s decisive day. The likes of women’s golfing legend Dame Laura Davies, Australian Ladies European Tour winner Rebecca Artis and rising stars, Amy Boulden, Annabel Dimmock and Meghan MacLaren were all just a handful of shots back, on level par.
Upon conclusion of the day’s play, the Player’s Banquet took place, with Dominic Holland again on hosting duties. Tournament host Tony Jacklin CBE hosted a Q&A with Dame Laura Davies and Paul Lawrie OBE, before soprano sensation Faith Tucker wowed the audience with her renditions of classic songs. Entertainer Kev Orkian then had everyone in stitches with his award-winning routine going down a storm. Following a three-course meal, guests were invited to take part in a live charity auction, hosted by Team GB’s athletics star Derek Redmond, raising vital funds for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.
Come Thursday, O’Hanlon held his nerve across a tense final day to secure the victory and win his second Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship, and the accompanying €50,000 prize by two shots on -5, ahead of 2014 British Par 3 champion Eddie Pepperell and qualifier Mason on -3. There was a four-way tie for 4th place, with MacLaren turning in the best performance by a female player in the Championship’s history, alongside the country’s greatest amateur player, Gary Wolstenholme MBE, European Senior Tour star Andre Bossert and European Tour player Steven Tiley, with all finishing on -2.
O’Hanlon said: “I feel unbelievable! It was a rollercoaster and my emotions are still all over the place, to go from second last year to my second win now, I’m delighted.
“I’m a club and teaching pro, and this is European Tour money, this is out of this world!”
O’Hanlon thanked all involved, including title sponsors Farmfoods’ CEO Eric Herd who O’Hanlon described as “having changed his life”.
The Super Senior category was shared by Ian Woosnam and four-time Super Senior winner Carl Mason, with a score of +1. The Norma C Herd Silver Salver prize, awarded to the best ranking amateur, went to Michael Lawrie, son of 1999 Open winner Paul Lawrie OBE, with a score of +5. While the Team prize went to O’Hanlon and his amateur partner Tony Lymn, with a combined score of -13.
An emotional O’Hanlon received the trophy in-front of a packed grandstand, with a capacity crowd showing their appreciation towards the worthy winner, as well as the winners of the other categories.
The final day of the 2017 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship saw the celeb stars hit the Cromwell Course, concluding with former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler winning the final Celeb-Am. He claimed victory with a score of +3, clinching the title with a fantastic round which saw him hit three birdies.
Former 1992 F1 champion Nigel Mansell CBE, BBC news and sports host Dan Walker, Strictly Come Dancing star James Jordan, and Coronation Street star William Roache MBE all took to the Cromwell Course too on a glorious day of sunshine.
The fun of the Grand Finale Ball took place later on Friday night, with Olympic hero Derek Redmond hosting proceedings. Prize giving ceremonies took place, alongside a three-course dinner and quality entertainment.
Highlights of the 2017 Championship will be shown on on Sky Sports Golf during September. Next year's Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship will take place from Tuesday 7th- Friday 10th August 2018 at Nailcote Hall. If you are interested in playing or sponsoring next year’s event, please visit: www.britishpar3.com for more information, and to apply for free spectator tickets.
The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship would like to thank title sponsor Farmfoods and event partners Nailcote Hall, Champions (UK) plc, Browns Food Group, The Eagle Tour, ITV, The Birmingham Post, Total Motion, Glenmuir, Bentley Leicester, Inspirational Magazine, Finest Catch, Champions Celebrity, VPAR Live Golf, Liberty, Golf Punk and Champions After Dinner Speakers and chosen charity for the event Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. Returning media partner, Sky Sports have also supported the event with its usual excellent coverage.
Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship 2016 review
Mouland triumphs, Mansell shines, Ryder Cup legends reunite and packed crowds gather for a spectacular 2016 Championship!
This year, as usual, the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship at Nailcote Hall – organised by Champions (UK) plc and hosted by two-time Major winner Tony Jacklin CBE – was awash with celebrities, big names from the world of professional golf and entertainment fit for royalty.
The Championship began with the first of two Celeb-Ams, racing legend Nigel Mansell CBE and TV presenter Roy Walker who shared the title of leading celebrity after posting a round of +3 on the Cromwell Course. The pair were competing against the likes of former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton OBE, cricket superstar Jonny Bairstow, darts icon Eric Bristow MBE, Olympian Derek Redmond, football manager Dean Saunders, comedian Dominic Holland and Len Goodman from Strictly Come Dancing. On the same day the team prize was won by Farmfoods 1 on -12.
The second Celeb-Am title was won by the former Aston Villa European Cup-winning striker Peter Withe who snatched the prize on countback from Strictly Come Dancing star James Jordan after they both finished on +2. In the team competition, Team Jacklin left the rest of the field in their wake by finishing up on a staggering -14. Among the star names treading the fairways on the final day of the Championship were William Roache MBE, football manager Ron Atkinson, legendary Irish centre back Steve Staunton, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan OBE, TV presenter Max Rushden, England rugby hero Neil Back MBE, Sheffield United and Leeds United legend Tony Currie, Westlife’s Brian McFadden, the 1995 Open Championship runner-up Costantino Rocca, ex Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie and former striker for Bayern Munich and Celtic Alan McInally.
In the much coveted Pro-Am competition, European Senior Tour winner Mark Mouland walked away with the professional Championship title with a final score of -11, beating Richard O'Hanlon into second place on -5. As he accepted his trophy and €50,000 first prize from Tony Jacklin, Mouland thanked Nailcote Hall owner Rick Cressman and his grounds staff for producing an immaculate course.
“The course is the best I’ve seen it, without question,” Mouland said, adding that the greens in particular were “the best they’ve ever been”. Earlier on, Gary Wolstenholme MBE had also praised the course and said Cressman and his team had done “a fantastic job”.
Mouland’s win was all the more impressive because he was playing against a field that included such well-known professional golfers as Ian Woosnam OBE, Costantino Rocca, Edoardo Molinari, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Slattery, Paul Broadhurst and Michael Campbell, as well as Tony Jacklin. In his opening round, Mouland broke the course record with an extraordinary round of -10. The achievement was particularly notable for it happening within minutes of past champion Richard O’Hanlon equalling the course record with a stunning round of -8.
Carl Mason clocked up his fourth win in a row in the Super Seniors competition, with a score of +2 which won him a prize of €5,000.
In the Norma C Herd Silver Salver, Ricky Sturrock and Strictly Come Dancing favourite James Jordan won a Silver Salver each, both finishing on +1, well ahead of third place Steve Wright on +7.
In the team competition, Mike Harwood & Nigel Mansell/Peter Odemwingie (Mansell played the first round, Odemwingie the second) took the title ahead of Mark Mouland and his partner Ian Halliwell, beating them on the back nine in a tight battle that saw both teams finish on -12, just ahead of Woosnam & Scott on -11.
Other outstanding moments at the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship included three incredible hole-in-ones – one from Mason, one from Oliver Wilson and one from Rocca, with the Italian managing the feat on the first shot of his round. The event also included an unforgettable coming together of 11 former Ryder Cup legends at the front of Nailcote Hall which was photographed for posterity.
Entertainment was the name of the game at the tournament, with two glitzy balls hosted by Dominic Holland featuring superb performances by The Brothers of Soul and The Overtures. As always there were two magnificent charity auctions hosted by athletics legend Derek Redmond which raised substantial funds for chosen Championship charity Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.
As is tradition the Players’ Banquet was a huge success with musical entertainment by the stunning tenor Hercules Smith and classically trained Faith Tucker, followed by an uproarious performance from legendary comedian Bobby Davro. Earlier in the evening guests enjoyed a fascinating question-and-answer session with Tony Jacklin, Paul Broadhurst and Michael Campbell.
The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship would like to thank title sponsor Farmfoods and event partners and media partners: Nicky, Mattioli Woods, Sky Sports, Golf Monthly, Colorsport Inspirational Magazine, Total Motion, Finest Catch, Bentley Leicester, Champions Celebrity, The Eagle Tour, VPAR Live Golf Scoring, Champions After Dinner Speakers and chosen charity for the event Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.
Record crowds watch as Barry Lane wins 2015 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship
Once again, the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship at Nailcote Hall featured top golf, star names and first-class entertainment. European Senior Tour star Barry Lane held off former Open champion Paul Lawrie OBE to emerge victorious in the Pro-Am Championship with a score of -5, taking home the top prize of £25,000.
Hosted by two-time Major winner Tony Jacklin CBE, the Championship began with a day of Celeb-Am action with a host of stars out on course including Ashes-winning cricketer Jonny Bairstow, Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel MBE, former Westlife singer Brian McFadden, and Olympians Derek Redmond and Mark Foster.
Fresh from his Ashes triumph, Bairstow entertained fans with an exclusive Q&A session about England's incredible victory and the upcoming Test at The Oval. Sky Sports pundit Alan McInally won the first Celeb-Am day with a score of three-over-par, while the leading team was Social Golfer with a score of -9. The day concluded with a lavish welcome ball hosted by comedian Dominic Holland.
The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship is one of the few events in golf where male and female players compete side-by-side. Some of the great names who lined up for the Pro-Am included Tommy Horton MBE, Gary Wolstenholme MBE and Des Smyth, as well as Ladies European Tour stars Carly Booth, Alex Peters and Charley Hull.
A number of international golfers also came to test their ability against the challenging Cromwell Course including Miguel Ángel Martín, Santiago Luna, Marc-Antoine Farry, Franklyn Stephenson, Tony Johnstone, Tim Thelen, Larry Laoretti and Byron Casper.
As the sun shone on Nailcote Hall and record crowds poured through the gates, Barry Lane led after the first day, though short-game specialist Lawrie trailed by just three strokes. In the evening, all the players and guests were invited to a players’ ball which featured live entertainment from 15-year-old opera singer Faith Tucker and comedy pianist Kev Orkian.
Conditions were more challenging the following day, but that did not stop European Senior Tour star Gary Wolstenholme from equalling the course record with a blistering round of -8. Charley Hull also made an early charge in the final round, but in the end, it all came down to Lane and Lawrie. The pair battled it out right up to the final hole, but Lane held his nerve to defeat the former Open champion by a single stroke.
"The course was fantastic," said Lane "Paul didn't make it easy, especially towards the end but I was confident that I could hold on. It is a wonderful tournament and I'd love to come back to defend my title next year."
13-year-old Jack Drury won the Norma C Herd Silver Salver for leading amateur, Carl Mason took home the Super Senior prize for the leading competitor over 60, while Lane also won the prize for the best team with his playing partner David Nelson.
The Championship, organised by Champions (UK) plc, concluded with a second Celeb-Am tournament which featured the F1 pairing of Johnny Herbert and Damon Hill OBE, as well as Coronation Street star William Roache MBE, and most-capped England footballer Peter Shilton OBE. Once again, Alan McInally emerged victorious with a score of +5, while the leading team was Tiger Foods who finished on -8.
The final Charity Gala Ball – raising valuable funds for Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People – concluded proceedings in what was a truly first-class week of golfing action at Nailcote Hall. The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship will be back next year on the earlier dates of 26-29 July 2016.
After four days of outstanding entertainment that saw the course record broken and hole-in-ones galore, young European Tour star Eddie Pepperell secured the 2014 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship title after a tense play-off with TP Tour Qualifier Jak Hamblett. Both finished on scores of seven-under-par, before Pepperell chipped in on the third play-off to take home the cheque for £25,000 and cap off a superb performance. In a record-breaking year, spectators flocked to Nailcote Hall to watch golfing legends, top professionals and great celebrities compete at the country’s foremost Par 3 event.
Leading this year’s all-star cast of golfing professionals and hosting the event for the sixth year running was the most successful Ryder Cup Captain of all-time, Tony Jacklin CBE. Jacklin is the face of the Championship, and has been instrumental in raising the profile of the event and helping it to expand each year. He welcomed back another former winning Ryder Cup Captain Ian Woosnam OBE, as well as former Open Champion Paul Lawrie OBE, who made his debut at the Championship.
Organised by Champions (UK) plc, headline sponsors Farmfoods once again pledged a £100,000 prize fund to attract a field of elite players. As the Sky Sports cameras captured the action as it unfolded, a host of celebrities dusted off their golf clubs for the first Celeb-Am on Tuesday including: the great cricketing all-rounder, Sir Garfield Sobers; former Olympic swimmer, Mark Foster; comedian Jasper Carrott OBE; Strictly Come Dancing Judge, Len Goodman; and Ashes-winning cricketer, Matthew Hoggard MBE.
European Senior Tour star, Gary Wolstenholme MBE, emerged triumphant after the first day of action with an impressive round of four-under-par. Inspired by the performance of Wolstenholme, the Farmfoods 2 team were the winning team on the day with a combined total of -14. After the day's play concluded, Nailcote Hall hosted the first of three Gala Balls to raise money for Midlands' charity Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, and Jacklin welcomed all guests to the Championship with his inaugural welcome address. There was a delicious three-course meal and entertainment was provided by Tony Christie, who gave a rendition of his hit song ‘Is This the Way to Amarillo?’.
The Professional Championship began on Wednesday 6th August and was a closely-fought contest between golfing icons and current professionals. As well as Jacklin, Woosnam and Lawrie, the field featured Tommy Horton MBE, Gary Wolstenholme MBE, DJ Russell, Peter Baker, Paul Broadhurst and Eddie Pepperell. After the first day’s play, talented young golfer Jak Hamblett led by a single stroke with three past winners hot on his heels: Mark Mouland, Peter Baker and DJ Russell.
Always one of the highlights of the week, the Players' Ball, hosted by Geoff Miller OBE, took place on Wednesday evening and featured a Q&A session with Sir Garfield Sobers. The celebrated cricketer discussed his illustrious career which has seen him universally recognised as one of the greatest players of all-time for his skill and versatility.
Huge crowds gathered on Thursday for the conclusion of the Professional Championship and they were treated to an incredible golfing spectacle. With Hamblett leading at the start of play but yet to tee-off, Gary Wolstenholme and Paul Lawrie stormed into a joint lead of -6. Lawrie’s incredible round of -8 was a course record at Nailcote Hall and it is easy to see why he has the nickname ‘chippy’ for his immaculate short game!
As the day wore on, a battle for first place ensued before Hamblett eventually tied the lead with Eddie Pepperell to force a play-off. Aspiring young talent Pepperell eventually came through on top by chipping in on the third play-off hole. In his victory speech, he paid tribute to the sponsors, the quality of the event and his supporters.
The day also saw an incredible four holes-in-one for Gary Wolstenholme, Tommy Horton, DJ Russell and Raymond Russell to take the total for the championship to six, after Tom Reid and Gary Emerson achieved the feat on Wednesday. The leading team was David Nelson partnered with former Masters Champion Ian Woosnam OBE. Carl Mason won the prize for the Super Seniors contest winning £5,000 for the second year running, and Luke Turbutt won the Norma C Herd Silver Salver for leading amateur closely followed by Tom Charley and Sarah Herd in second and third respectively.
Friday was the final day of the Championship and the second Celeb-Am tournament. The celebrities teeing off included: Coronation Street star, William Roache MBE; Rugby World Cup winner, Neil Back MBE; most-capped England footballer, Peter Shilton OBE; BBC Presenter Dan Walker; and Layer Cake actor Jamie Foreman. This time, former Ryder Cup Vice-Captain Peter Baker was the winner to cap off an impressive four days on the Cromwell Course.
The final Charity Gala Ball concluded proceedings in what was a truly first-class week of golfing action at Nailcote Hall. The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship excelled itself once again and kept its place as one of the summer’s most enthralling outdoor events. Look out for the highlights programmes on Sky Sports and Challenge TV out soon.
It has now been confirmed that the 2015 Championship will take place on the 11th-14th August next year.
Tommy Fleetwood claimed the coveted 2013 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship title, taking home a cheque for £25,000 with a majestic performance at Nailcote Hall.
The crowds enjoyed four days of golfing excellence and celebrity fun as golfing legends, top professionals and stars from sport and entertainment gathered in Warwickshire for the annual event, celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, which continues to grow year on year.
Record numbers of spectators came to watch and enjoy the Championship action as it unfolded.Leading this year's all star cast of professionals were the most successful Ryder Cup Captain of all time Tony Jacklin CBE, Ryder Cup legend Sam Torrance OBE and once Masters winner Ian Woosnam OBE. The Sky Sports cameras were on hand to cover all of the action of what has become the world's leading par 3 championship.
The action began on Tuesday with the first Celeb Am tournament featuring star names including England cricketing legend Matthew Hoggard MBE, comedian Jasper Carrott OBE, Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman and goalkeeping legends Peter Shilton OBE and Peter Schmeichel MBE. The individual competition was won by 'Big Break' star, Irishman Mark Murphy who shot -3 under par to fend off the competition. The 'Social Golfer' took the spoils in the team event and there was a spectacular hole in one for James Weekes who was playing in the Glenmorangie team.
After a full day's golfing action Nailcote Hall hosted the first of three gala balls all raising money for Midlands's charity Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. There was superb entertainment from 'Groove Nation' and Tony Jacklin welcomed all guests to the championship with his inaugural welcome address.
The Professional Championship began on Wednesday 8th August and featured golfing icons and current professionals. The field included Tony Jacklin CBE, Sam Torrance OBE, Ian Woosnam OBE, Tommy Horton MBE, Gary Wolstenholme MBE, DJ Russell, Tommy Fleetwood, Robert Rock, Graeme Storm and Gary Boyd. 6-time European Tour winner Paul Broadhurst led after the first day, with a superb round of -6.
Always one of the highlights of the week, the Players' Ball took place on Wednesday evening and featured a Q&A session with event host Tony Jacklin and his fellow Ryder Cup friends Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam with former snooker star Willie Thorne asking the questions. The trio candidly discussed their careers and kept the audience engaged with fascinating stories from their illustrious careers. There was a delicious three-course meal and entertainment was provided by mind reader and illusionist Graham Jolley.
Huge crowds gathered on Thursday for the conclusion of the Professional Championship and they were treated to an incredible golfing spectacle. Paul Broadhurst was unable to maintain his lead until the end and was overtaken by 22-year-old European Tour hot prospect, Tommy Fleetwood. The thrilling conclusion saw Fleetwood bogey the final hole to finish on -4 but Broadhurst was unable to get the birdie he needed to level the scores and finished at -3.
Day three of the Championship saw three holes in one for Douglas Dawes, Luke Tarbott and Paul English.
The Super Seniors prize for leading player over 60 was won by Senior Tour player Carl Mason. At the other end of his career, the Norma C Herd prize for leading amateur was won by Craig Lawrie, son of Open Championship winner Paul Lawrie. The Ian Halliwell Cup for leading Pro Am team went to the team featuring European Tour regular Andrew Marshall and former Manchester United and Wales star Clayton Blackmore.
Friday was the final day of the Championship and the second Celeb Am tournament. The celebrities teeing off included: former Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson, former Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders, former Grand National winner Bob Champion and Scotland football manager Gordon Strachan. Once again, Mark Murphy emerged victorious in the individual event with a round of -2, showing himself to be a master of the Cromwell Course. In the team event the 'Callaghan Tire' (USA) team were victorious.
The final charity gala ball concluded proceedings in what was a truly stunning week of golfing action at Nailcote Hall. The rain stayed away and the stars shone as spectators were treated to a unique and once again first class event.
The 2012 edition of the championship once again welcomed a host of top professionals and celebrities to the beautifully maintained Nailcote Hall. A few of the all-star roster included Tony Jacklin CBE, Ian Woosnam OBE, Alison Nicholas MBE and Brian Barnes. Between them, the players that gathered at Nailcote Hall boasted an impressive eight Major titles and over 200 European Tour, European Senior Tour, PGA Tour, Champions Tour and Challenge Tour titles. Two-time European Tour winner D J Russell became the oldest ever winner of the title, with an impressive performance that saw him finish on -8, the best winning score in the championship’s history.
Crowds came in record numbers to watch the top golfers and celebrities competing in Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship 2011, hosted by former Ryder Cup Captain and double Major Champion, Tony Jacklin CBE who flew in from Florida with Larry Laoretti, the 1992 US Senior Open Champion. The array of professionals joining the Championship was the best the event has ever seen with past Ryder Cup stars Maurice Bembridge, Tommy Horton, Malcolm Gregson and Gordon J Brand, being supported by European Senior Tour players Carl Mason, Mark Mouland, Gary Wolstenholme MBE, Tony Johnstone, and Dennis Durnian in their hunt for the title. Andrew Sherborne ended up taking first place after an exhilarating tournament!
The 2010 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship celebrated Tony Jacklin's 40th anniversary of winning the US Open Championship in 1970. The winner of the championship was Richard O'Hanlon, who beat off competition from European Tour stars past and present, including Oliver Fisher, Andy Marshall, Graeme Storm and Mark Mouland.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Tony Jacklin's 1969 Open Championship, the 2009 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship was won by Steve Carter and featured heavily on television on Sky Sports.
The 75th Anniversay of the Numark British Par 3 Championship was celebrated in style at Nailcote Hall from the 4th-7th August. With Tony Jacklin CBE hosting and playing in all 4 days, the stars certainly came out in record numbers to join in the fun of the historic golf tournament. 2008 reached new heights in terms of exposure, and was headlined on the popular Setanta Golf channel. The hotly contested Pro-Am competition was won by European Tour legend Mark Mouland, with fellow European Tour professional, Lee Slettery picking up 2nd place.
The 2007 event broke new boundaries in terms of being the most high profile tournament to date. Television and media exposure reached new heights including coverage on Sky Sports and there was the highest turn-out in relation to spectator numbers, celebrity numbers and participation by European Tour professionals. However, it was down to Steve Cowle to take the coveted title of 2007 Numark British Par 3 Champion finishing 6 under par, 4 shots ahead of second placed Sam Walker. In doing so he became the first non-European Tour professional to win the title. Steve wasn't finished there though, he also won the Pro-Am team competition with his partner and former England Rugby Union International Tim Stimpson.
The 2006 Championship celebrated the 60th Anniversary in professional golf of two times Ryder Cup captain Bernard Hunt and the competition that followed was special indeed. With the strongest field ever, including 18 European Tour professionals such as Jarrod Moseley from Australia and Steve Scahill from New Zealand, the competition was fierce. After 36 holes rising European Tour Stars Tom Whitehouse and Shaun Webster tied at 7 under par and after a birdie 2 on the 7th hole Shaun Webster was crowned Champion.
2001 was a very special year celebrating the late Max Faulkner's 50th anniversary of winning the Open Championship and the Championship lived up to the special occasion in every way. Ultimately the title went to Midlands' star Robert Rock who won with a 4 under par score of 104, but only after a really exciting three man play off.
The 2000 event produced the first play-off when Jeremy Robinson, from the European Tour, defeated Brian Rimmer on the first extra hole after they had tied with a score of 4 under par.
In 1999 the championship was honoured by 1951 Open Champion Max Faulkner and twice Ryder Cup captain Bernard Hunt. A thrilling competition was ultimately won by European Tour star Carl Mason thanks in no small measure to a stunning course record of a 6 under par 21 in the third round.
It is fitting that a past Ryder Cup star Peter Baker should be the first winner in the new era. For those who delight in the finesse and art of shot making in golf, rather than the power driving of the modern age, the British Professional Short Course Championship is a welcome challenge of golfing skill.
The British Professional Short Course Championship has been steeped in the history of the game since it was first hosted at Torquay's Palace Hotel in 1933. The inaugural championship was graced by some of the all time great players, including many past Open Champions, Alex Herd, Alf Padgham, Ted Ray, JH Taylor and Harry Vardon.
Peter Alliss' father, Percy played in the event, as did Henry Cotton in later years and many other Ryder Cup players including Abe Mitchell, the personal tutor of Samuel Ryder, who is figured on top of the Ryder Cup Trophy.