In March, the 2017 Birkdale Bucket was held again at the world famous Woodhall Spa Golf Course rated 8th in England and 79th in the World. The weather was clear and the course was in fantastic condition, with all the bunkers in use and some excellent changes.
The Old Pocklingtonians did really well on the Saturday having the top two individual scores, Mike Strong (66-76) 37pts and Tim Russell (68-78) 36pts which combined with Larry Lawson (70-77) 31pts and David Stephenson (77-81) 25pts put the team with 129 in second, frustratingly only one shot behind Uppingham. Steve St Quinton (64-74) and David Morgan (68-75) made up the Pocklington OP team out of a 54 man field with the other teams from Worksop, Wrekin, Gigglewick, Sedbergh, Oundle and Stowe.
The near miss on the Saturday spurred the team on to fill the first three places in the Sunday foursomes, Larry Lawson won with an amazing 42pts, newcomer David Stephenson an excellent second just ahead of Tim Russell in 3rd all winning very good cheques from the £4,400 auction pot.
The other OP golf events are the Grafton Morrish, scratch foursomes and suitable for single figure handicappers, which has a qualifier in May at Fixby Golf Club near Huddersfield and the Finals at Brancaster and Hunstanton in Norfolk during early September. There is also a Birkdale Bucket 60th dinner at Ilkley on Friday 9 June. The Bucket is in it’s 60th year and we need to try and get more OPs engaged for next year’s event, which is going to be on Saturday 17 March and Sunday 18 March 2018.
We are always looking for new participants for both events so please contact Mike Strong by email or phone (07766-11144) if you are interested in either event. Finally it is very important to attract younger players so for both students and younger players the event is subsidised.