This year’s Campion Trophy Final was “The Clash of The Titans” between The President of the OSGS, Anthony Smith, playing off a handicap of 5 who has been a former Captain of our Halford Hewitt Team and has played in over 100 Halford Hewitt Matches.
Anthony’s opponent was Will Campion, playing off a handicap of 4, another former Captain of our Halford Hewitt Team and the eldest son of Ian Campion, our late OSGS President, who donated this Trophy in 2009.
The match was played at Royal Birkdale on Monday morning, 21stOctober, in glorious autumn sunshine with blue skies overhead and the course was in great condition, despite the recent rain, with the greens running really well. Many thanks to all at Royal Birkdale!
Anthony brought in his wife, Pauline, to be his Caddy and Will brought in his youngest son, Ben, to be his Caddy. The Match Referee was the Hon Sec – who thankfully didn’t have to refer to his Rule Book. The Final was played in a great spirit with some superb golf from both Salopians.
The 1st hole at Royal Birkdale is a Par 4, which is reckoned to be one of the toughest starts to any Open Championship course was halved, as were holes 2 and 3. Anthony went 1 up with a par 3 at the first short hole on the 4th. The 5thwas halved in par.
The 6thhole at Royal Birkdale is a par 5, stroke index 1, where Anthony was getting his only shot off Will. Anthony played a magnificent approach shot and held his putt for a birdie 4 net 3 winning the hole to go 2 up.
The 7this a par 3 where Will left his approach putt short but managed to hold a long put to match Anthony’s par and avoid going 3 down. Will won the eighth hole with a par and they both halved the 9thin 4 so Anthony was 1 up at the turn. Par is 35 and Anthony was out in 38.
Will won the 10thwith a single putt after Anthony put his drive in the rough. The match was now all-square. Will got his par 4 at the 11thto go 1 up. The 12th, 13th and 14th holes were all halved.
The 15thhole is a par 5, stroke index 2, of 499 yards in length. Both players played a driver and Will put his ball into the rough on the right and played a provisional ball. Anthony drove down the fairway. Sadly, we could not find Will’s first drive and with Anthony’s second shot further down the fairway Will played his provisional ball from the left hand rough and hit a superb shot onto the green in 4 shots. Anthony played a short iron up to the green. Will missed his putt for a par five and Anthony made par – so we were back to all square with three holes to play.
On the par 4 16thWill holed a single putt to birdie and win the hole going 1 up with two holes left to play. The 17this a par 5 508 yard hole which was playing into the wind. Both players played three shots to get onto the green.
Once again Will holed his putt down the green from about 10 feet and won the match 2 & 1. Anthony warmly congratulated Will on his victory and we later worked out that Will played round the whole course in 2 over par. Will put his win down to his single putts at the 7th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 16thand 17thholes – this said both players played some excellent golf and this was a fantastic match! Floreat Salopia!!!
1st Green – Will pushing his trolley & Anthony on the Green 9th Hole – walking down the fairway in glorious weather
16th Tee – Anthony & Will about to drive 16th Fairway – Anthony on the left and Will on the right with Ben (caddy)
Anthony & Will after his victory on the 17th Green Ben & Will Campion, Charles Hill, Pauline & Anthony Smith after the Match on the 18th Green
The Caddy & The Campion Champion 2019
Charles Hill – Hon Sec, Will Campion – The Campion Champion 2019, Antony Smith – The OSGS President – Our new OSGS Logo Balls for both players
Charles Hill, Hon Sec.