This is first time that the Greencard Tour has been to this area of the UK. We were based in Chester, which is located on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales. It is one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain, with a number of medieval buildings. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza in the heart of the city, which allowed easy access to a great selection of restaurants and pubs.
The golf programme included four rounds, one on each of Curson Park, Conwy, Llangollen and Caldy.
Round 1: Keith Riley Races to a Lead
The first round was played at Curzon Park which is one of the oldest established golf clubs in the county of Cheshire. The club overlooks Chester racecourse, is less than a mile from the City Centre, and has fine views of the Welsh Hills. It is reasonably tight and accuracy is demanded from the tee.
Keith Riley certainly enjoyed the opening course and finished with a superb 38 points, one clear of both Sue Evans and Peter Roe. Jez Morgan and Tim Elliott ended the day on 35.
The following day we took the scenic drive to Conwy golf club for the second round. This challenging links golf course has a stunning location on the North Wales coastline. The weather forecast was not on our side, however, by the time we set off the clouds had cleared and we enjoyed a dry round on an excellent course.
Peter Roe continued his excellent form from the previous day with the best score of the group 37 points. Tony Marshall and Jez Morgan both ended the round with 35 and Neil McGarva was next with 34.
Four Points in it at Halfway
At the half way point, Peter Roe was in top spot with 74 points. Tony Marshall and Jez Morgan were lying in second place on 70. Keith Riley was one further back.
Round 3: Riley and Roe Battle for Top Spot
The third round was held at Llangollen Golf Club, it has been awarded Gold Status by the HSBC ranking system and is regarded as the top inland course in North Wales. It enjoys a beautiful setting on the valley floor beside the River Dee and is overlooked by the glorious Welsh hills.
Keith Riley found his form again with a superb 38 which was enough for him to go into the final round tied for the lead on 107 points with Peter Roe, after he had shot 33 in the third round. Both Tony Marshall and Sue Evans enjoyed excellent rounds finishing with 34. Tony was just three off the lead and Sue Evans was still very much in contention being just another four back.
Round 4: Testing Final Rounds at Superb Caldy
The final round was played at Caldy Golf Club, a superb course situated at the end of the Wirral Peninsula, alongside the River Dee. There are breathtaking views from the cliff top holes across the estuary towards Hilbre Islands and the coast of Wales.
Rain was forecast for the majority of the day but with the exception of a few showers we escaped without getting too damp! This wonderfully designed layout requires good course management to avoid the bunkers and rough.
Both Jez Morgan and Sue Evans started the round well and by the half way stage had already put 20 points on the board. By contrast both Tony Marshall and Peter Roe were struggling scoring 11 and 14 respectively. Keith Riley had managed to reach 15 points and so with just nine holes to play it was very tight at the top of the leaderboard.
Sue Evans Returns with Best Greencard Finish
Unfortunately for Tony Marshall things did not improve on the back nine and his challenge for the title was over. Sue tried her best to keep her early round form going and although she couldn’t quite match the opening holes, the 14 points on the back secured an excellent fourth place overall, her highest on the Greencard Tour. Keith Riley ended the day with 28 points and third place overall on 135.
Jez Morgan Qualifies for Finals
After a superb score of 36 points on the final round, second place was secured on countback by Jez Morgan. This also gave him sufficient Tour Points and for a well earned qualification to the Greencard Grand Finals in La Manga, later in the year.
Peter Roe Recovers with Superb Back Nine
Huge congratulations to Peter Roe, after not playing too well on the opening part of the round and with the chasing pack hot on his heels, he dug in and found the strength to put together a superb back nine of 20 points. His final round total of 34 gave him an overall score of 141 and victory by 9 shots from Jez Morgan.
Thank you to everyone who took part in this tournament. To find out how the result impacts our Tour Points and Order of Merit tables please click here.