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.