Hundreds arrive in town for golf festival

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THE 19th annual Bridlington Golf Festival was declared a resounding success by the hundreds of keen golfers who visited the town to compete in the 13 events held over Bridlington’s three courses.

Golf festival officials breathed a huge sigh of relief when the last putt dropped as the week was constantly under threat from heavy rain which thankfully seemed to come through the evening and on the whole unaffected the main tournament play during the day.

Officials owed a huge debt of thanks to all the greenkeepers at the three clubs for working round the clock to make the courses playable.

Over 2,500 competitive rounds of golf and somewhere in the region of a quarter of a million shots were played, which clearly highlights how big the event has become over the years.

During the week three prize presentations were held to present the many excellent prizes on offer to the fortunate winners.

The first took place on Monday when Flamborough Head hosted the popular Junior Championship.

Sixty young golfers from all over Yorkshire braved the cold and windy conditions and at the end of the day the lady captain at Flamborough Head Pat Thornton was on hand to present the prizes.

The highlight of the Junior Championship was a remarkable score of nett 61 by 11-year-old Bridlington Golf Club member Thomas Thornton.

He played the round of his life and dealt with the difficult conditions better than everyone else.

The second prize presentation of the week took place at Bridlington Golf Club on Wednesday evening where captain Mike Wilkinson warmly welcomed all the prize winners and alongside the lady captain Jean Shepherd presented the many prizes on offer.

The final prize presentation was held at Flamborough Head Golf Club on Saturday evening where captain Mick Cieslik and lady captain Pat Thornton were on hand to present the prizes.

During the prize presentation ceremonies thanks were expressed to the many volunteers and helpers who contributed towards making the event such a success, in particular the caterers, bar staff and green keeping staff.

Festival organiser Anthony Howarth told the Free Press: “The week was once again a resounding success in spite of the weather and so many people helped throughout the week.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank them on behalf of the Bridlington Golf Festival Committee.”

The highlight of the week-long event was a hole-in-one. The impressive feat took place at The Bridlington Links on Saturday when C Fallon from Perton Golf Club holed out on the 14th hole.

He said it was his first hole-in-one and he admitted that it was certainly his day as the previous hole he holed his third shot for an eagle three on the par-five 13th.

These two remarkable shots helped his team secure first place in the competition.

Officials and all the competitors were once again delighted to welcome their oldest competitor.

Vic Maynard, aged 92, from Welwyn Garden City made his annual pilgrimage to the East Coast to play all six days of the festival, a constant reminder that golf is a sport for all ages.

He said the festival is the highlight of his year. He also said he hopes to be coming for many more years to come.

Details of the 2013 Golf Festival are already in circulation and anybody who would like details can collect the 2013 brochures from any of the host golf clubs.

Details can also be found at www.bridlingtongolffestival.co.uk.

Officials would also like to thank East Yorkshire Events for their kind support of this year’s festival.

East Yorkshire Events organise and promote important sporting and corporate events in East Yorkshire and their full Calendar can be found at www.eyevents.co.uk.