Chipping Norton GC wins first Deere qualifier

A four man team from Chipping Norton Golf Club is heading for the famous Brabazon course at The Belfry, having won the first British regional qualifier in the inaugural 2002 John Deere Team Championship golf tournament.

The team - consisting of Club Secretary Simon Chislett, Club Captain/Chairman, Keith Willis, Greenkeeper, Steve Doyle, and Club Professional, Neil Rowlands - beat off the challenge of 14 other teams in the competition, which was organised by Peter Helps, Sales Manager at John Deere dealer Turner Groundscare of Bledlow, Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.
He was assisted on the day by John Deere representative Henry Bredin and BIGGA's Midland Regional Administrator Peter Larter. The winners finished on 20 under, two shots clear of the field. The competition is based on a modified scramble, with the professional playing his own ball throughout the 18 holes, and the other three players forming the scramble. The team then takes the lowest score at each hole of either the professional or the net scramble team. Chipping Norton GC made the most of a little local knowledge - the qualifier was held at the club's own course in Southcombe, Oxfordshire on April 25. The team now goes through to the Great Britain and Ireland national final at The Belfry on August 19, to play for a place in the world final at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA in November.