Golfers gather for annual Tom Checkley trophy contest at Ramsdale Park

Golfers gather for annual Tom Checkley trophy contest at Ramsdale Park

Ramsdale Park Golf Centre has welcomed 80 golfers for the 14th edition of the Tom Checkley memorial trophy, won by 10-handicapper, Ian Saunders.

The tournament, which is organised by Tom’s son Steven, has been staged annually at the public pay-and-play centre since Tom, once a regular golfer at Ramsdale Park – part of BGL Golf, the UK’s leading golf course owner and operator – died in 2001.

Played over the stunning 18-hole Seely Course, which offers spectacular views across the Nottinghamshire countryside, the champion romped to a comfortable three shot victory, scoring 44 Stableford points, ahead of runner-up, Beresford Bell.

Anthony Brant finished in third place just a shot behind on 40 points while the festively clad Lee Tuck earned the prize for nearest the pin on the par-three 11th hole. Elaine Mitchell, a 20-handicapper, topped the ladies section, scoring 35 points.

Nick Birch, Ramsdale Park Golf Centre General Manager, said: “Tom was a well-liked golfer here, and the fantastic turnout we’ve had for his memorial trophy year after year is testament to that.

“There is a packed diary of fixtures already down for 2014, but undoubtedly the return of this event will be a popular one again.”