The 2018 Sheriff's Cup sponsored by PBI was held from the 4th to the 6th of June at a very challenging Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club.
The competition was hosted by Merseyside FRS Congratulations to Keith Woodhams for organising a very well run event.
Results can be found below, please note there are 6 pages to the results sheets. The SSS for course (yellow) = 72 the CSS for the singles event is: Plus 3 = CSS 75
Competition Report Written by Keith Woodhams, Organising Secretary 2018 Sheriff's Cup
This year's PBI Sheriffs Cup was hosted by Merseyside FRS Golf Society at the two-time Ryder Cup venue Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club.
The practice day on Monday gave an insight of what the 45 teams would expect in the following 2 days of competition: calm mornings followed by moderate winds in the afternoon on a very tough James Braid links course, which would produce worthy winners for both the nett and gross competitions for the South Yorkshire team consisting of; Grant Morrow, Lee Everton, Shane Toulson and Lee Schofield with a very creditable 435 nett 483 gross.
Those that went out early on Tuesday morning posted the scores in the pairs competition that would put them in good stead for the following days singles. Early contenders included Essex, Cornwall, South York’s., West York’s (1), Kent, Hereford and Worcester, Scotland East, and GMC (3). Those that found it tough on Tuesday afternoon would have the calm of the Wednesday morning to put in good singles scores as shown by James Benson (Cumbria) with a tremendous 74/69.
Following the days challenges of a challenging links course, it was a pleasure to see the camaraderie on the terrace on completion of everyone rounds spill over to the evening and to the presentation which was extremely well attended. Don Stirrup acting as MC distributed the subsidiary prizes, followed by the Captain of S&A Martin Bennet commenting on the organisation of the competition, professionalism of fire-fighters and the friendship shown during the few day’s competition.
Paul Walker (Chair) spoke to thank all competitors for their support for the golf section, to S&A for hosting the championship on such a wonderful golf course, to the organising team for arranging a flawless competition, and finally and by no means least; Paul on behalf of all fire service golfers gave thanks to Ian Callaghan, (Mr.PBI) who we are totally indebted to for his continued friendship and support, for sponsoring the most prestigious event in the FireSport UK Golf Section calendar....(Just not on a Links course).
On a personal note I would like to thank Geoff Owens (Staffs) for his tremendous and tireless hard work in sorting out the scoring system, Matt (Sec) and Mick (treasurer), National committee, for their continued help and support and all the other Golf section Sec’s and Golfers that gave me encouragement and support throughout.
And finally, to all the golfers who played over the three days for making the event a great success.
Keith Woodhams MFRS Golf Section
PBI - Sheriff's Cup Winners 2018 South Yorkshire
Ian Callaghan Managing Director PBI (right) presenting the trophy and prize for the overall nett winners (435) and trophy for the best gross (483) to the 2018 Sheriff's Cup Champions - South Yorkshire FRS (Shane Toulson, Grant Morrow, Lee Schofield and Lee Everton)
Overall Nett Winners: Paul Bains and Paul Hesford (Greater Manchester FRS) Day 1 - 68 Day 2 - 66 Total 134
There is some important information on handicapping and the requirements for competitors here Please can all secretaries make themselves familiar with these new rules. This information has been added to the 'Rules' section on the website.
I have also included the current CONGU guidance on the Unified Handicapping System (click on image), this guidance will be particularly useful to secretaries when reviewing and amending handicaps. I will send all secretaries an easy to follow guide that will enable you to create a Competition Scratch Score for each event.
I am extremely proud to be the Chairman of the Firesport UK Golf Section which is one of the most active sports sections within the UK fire and rescue sector. Providing all the core ingredients for optimum physical, mental health and wellbeing, golf brings people together and can help combat stress. Our national committee supported by regional secretaries organise, promote and host a series of national competitions on a year on year basis which always provide a tough test for golfers from across the country and from all handicap categories. These events would not be possible without our wonderful sponsors who generously support and participate in each national event, providing the opportunity to meet and socialise with fire and rescue service staff from across the UK. On behalf of the committee and all competitors I thank our sponsors for their generosity and continued commitment which is gratefully appreciated. I also wish to thank our competitors who compete at our national events representing their respective fire and rescue services. It is due to your commitment we are able to facilitate excellent events at wonderful golfing venues across the UK. Our website provides details of all national events and whatever your golfing ability I encourage you to seek the honour of representing your fire and rescue service or country at one of our national golfing events, where you will find the golf challenging with a welcome and camaraderie that will leave lasting fond memories and a desire to return to meet colleagues and sponsors at future events.”
Paul Walker Chairman Firesport UK Golf Section CFO Cornwall Fire, Rescue & Community Safety Service