Cheltenham Racecourse Challenge Bowl


Adrian Kidd (pictured), from The Bristol Golf Club, won the third annual Cheltenham Racecourse Challenge Bowl played on Thursday evening (June 30th) and organised by the Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership ….. but only just!

It all came down to a countback with Kidd claiming the prize from Olly Coombes (Broadway). Both players returned a gross 36 for the nine specially designed holes which follow the famous Gold Cup track of Cheltenham Racecourse.

Kidd was thrilled with his success. “It is a fantastic event and tremendous fun,” he said. “The first tee, up there on the roof of the paddock stand, definitely makes your first shot quite an experience. I really enjoyed the experience and recommend it to everyone. I look forward to playing again next year!”

Although the racetrack is 'mown', for golfers it is much like playing in constant thick rough.

So it was all the more remarkable that the nett prize went to a slip of a girl from Minchinhampton New. Thirteen-year-old Victoria Wakeley-Jones, playing off a handicap of nine, recorded a 34 nett, one shot clear of Will Spears, from Naunton Downs. She is pictured here on the 1st tee with playing partners Bill Higgins (L) from Minchinhampton and Jerry Homan-Green from South Cerney.

The somewhat quirky event, open to club champions, men and women, from across the County, was the idea of the Racecourse's MD Edward Gillespie, who was delighted with the 2011 Challenge.

"It was a pleasure for us to host this event for the third year on a unique golf course that is open for play for just four hours each year. Golf is a wonderful sport to watch and play, and I enjoyed seeing some of Gloucestershire's finest in action dealing with challenges they would not face anywhere else," he said.

Despite the disappointing turnout of spectators, organiser Ian Watkins, from the Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership, was also happy.

“It brought together 34 Champions from the Ladies' & Men's game from across the county, to play on a world class sporting venue, highlighting the work of the County Golf Partnership. It was all free, and our raffle raised valuable funds for our Para-Golf project. It was a great night out that will some day become a very big event. A big thankyou goes to Edward Gillespie and the Racecourse!”



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