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IPPA NEWS UPDATE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP ENGLAND 27-28 JULY 2013 This was the second year in which the English Open Championship was held at Haven’s links course in Allhallows-on Sea, located at the mouth of the River Thames in Kent. The area is renowned for its changeable winds; and the forecasts for Saturday were not good, with heavy rain and thunderstorms expected to bring an end to a long period of hot, dry weather. However, the storms passed by only on Saturday night, and players were able to enjoy warm and dry conditions on both days.

The winner John Deeble teeing of This year we had a very strong list of entrants probably the strongest field yet for an English Open Championship. The competition was contested by

players from seven countries – England, Spain, Holland, France, Ireland, Croatia and China; and it was especially pleasing to see players registered with IPPA and FIPPA national associations engaging in open competition. I hope the players at least agree that we did have ‘something to gain’ from this experience. There were a substantial number of high calibre players whom it was felt had a good chance of challenging for the championship - first and foremost, Steve, John and Jamie Deeble (who have dominated pitch and putt in England for many years). Indeed, Jamie was the defending champion, and Steve won the Open Championship England 2011. As always, their main competition came from the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, which had sent six of its highest ranked players to compete in the event – most notably, Juan Pedro Monjo (who had been close to winning each of the three previous championships), Juan Fernandez (the champion in 2010) and Spain’s number one ranked player Ivan Carles. However, this year there were many other potential winners. In addition to a number of other promising young English players coming into contention, there was the expectation of serious challenges from the Dutch national match play champion Alfred de Graaf and a resurgent Jean-Marie Malbranque of France (both ranked number two in their respective countries), together with other very experienced Dutch players, such as Bert Olthuis and Renze Hasper.

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but instead the players were faced with Allhallows’ trademark strong and gusty winds. Many players struggled to cope with this challenge, but not John Deeble, who began with a birdie and remained consistent throughout. Double bogeys from Monjo and Steve Deeble on the long and difficult uphill hole 3 then left the way clear for John Deeble to build a comfortable lead. If there was any doubt about the ultimate outcome, it was extinguished with another birdie from John Deeble on the penultimate hole, and he ended up winning by a comfortable four shot margin. The main championship had been won by Steve, Jamie and now John Deeble in the last three years. Despite the tricky, dry conditions, a large number of players recorded good scores after the first round, with England’s Kevin O’Brien and Steve Deeble sharing the lead on 4 under par. However, after the second round, O’Brien fell back a little, and Juan Pedro Monjo and John Deeble both came into contention with rounds of 51 and 52 respectively. This left the leading group for Sunday’s final round looking very familiar – Monjo sharing this honour with John and Steve Deeble with very little to separate them.

The Champions in each category. From left Jordan Deeble, Adam Richards, Gillian Quanjer, John Deeble and Steve Deeble The other prizewinners were Steve Deeble (second place), Adam Richards from England (third place), Gillian Quanjer from Holland (ladies champion), JeanMarie Malbranque from France (seniors champion) and Jordan Deeble (junior champion). The final round on Sunday provided an altogether different challenge. Gone was the threat of storms,

Nick Frommings

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