It took 44 years
David Morgan - Monday, 23 June, 2008
Out on the course, and starting from the 1st, Peter Holt was playing Copt Heath's infamous start in par of 4,4,3. He then went 5 5 to drop three over.
Peter is very much a rejuvenated golfer having been off 5 a couple of year ago. The Captaincy of Coventry did him a power of good as he won the English Captain's tournament at the Isle of Purbeck and with another couple of startling rounds was back to three - the secret being a new putter and with grip left over right, plus a driver which has made him longer and straighter off the tee than he has ever been in a golfing career of more than 40 years.
That length and touch combined for two birdies in a row at the 7th and 8th but that was only +1 and two back off the lead held by Wallington.
'I should have the pre-play routine more often,' said Frank of a two birdie start on the back nine. One dropped shot followed in the next seven so Frank turned one under par and started on that very difficult 1st to 3rd.
The next four holes was a bit of a disaster - four bogies in a row. On the back-nine Peter was making three bogies in a row, so he was at +4 and could find only pars to finish with a 75.
Frank meanwhile hit the trees off the 6th tee barely 100 yards from the blocks. He could not find the ball and was literally going to his bag to find a new one, ready to play three off the tee, when his playing partners spotted the ball in front of the 4th green. A 9 iron over the trees, then an 8 iron to 15ft and when that putt went in the hole, he had a miracle par. The good feelings did not last as he made a hash of the par five 7th to go to +4 with Holt.
Two holes were left and Frank made par at the 8th, then drove under a tree at the 9th. he was well down so he could get a six iron and chip the ball towards the green. It ran and ran, eventually ending up just 2ft from the hole - for a winning birdie.
'My last (and only win - so far) was the Colts 35 years ago, ' said Holt, 'It was a good field (Peter McEvoy was playing) and I was tied with Andrew Carmen round Olton after a 70. He shot a 72 and thought I'd never repeat my score - I shot a 68.'
Peter was never sure of his winning, despite some high scoring from the best players in the field, and gracious when Frank arrived back at the scorers desk with his 74.
'In 44 years, I've won a few Opens, but never anything like this,' said Frank at the presentations, 'This has to be the best golfing day of my life - its such an honour.'
The trophies were presented by Copt Heath Captain Frank Noseworthy, including a new cup for the 60-64 best gross player presented by Past President Jim Dean, as a thank you for being involved in Warwickshire Golf, and especially the Union, for 52 wonderful years.
A big thank you Jim for your generosity!
Other trophy Winners -
Tony Barnie-Adshead (Nuneaton) - the Cyril Jewsbury Trophy for the O70s gross
Roger Davies (Ladbrook) - the Carl Bretherton Salver for the best gross 65-69
Ted Mason (Handsworth) - The Jim Dean Trophy for the 60-64s
Adrian Harrison (Copt Heath) - the Best gross for the Age Group 55-59
Third overall was Graham Barton (Robin Hood) with a 77
There is a selection of pictures of winners in the gallery to be found at
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As for other competitors - it was great to see John Mayell returning to competitive golf - he has earmarked 2020 for his next trophy win (The Cyril Jewsbury!)
And what of that interview candidate?
If Frank had played badly - he would have no chance of being selected. As it is, he probably has the job and a pay rise!