Medallion win for Weston

Weston Golf Club recently won the prestigious MacKenzie Medallion tournament, held at the host club’s course.

WESTON Golf Club recently won the prestigious MacKenzie Medallion tournament, held at the host club’s course.

Weston Golf Club was originally designed by Tom Dunn, but after World War One, an upgrade was required and the members had no hesitation inviting Dr Alister MacKenzie from Leeds, to submit his recommendations.

The result was a layout that made full use of the links-like terrain and has proved to be a fine example of MacKenzie’s expertise.

He built his reputation through his work on some 49 British courses, which led to his successful commissions in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, but especially the United States and the well-known course at Augusta, Georgia, home of the annual Masters tournament.

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The 49 British golf clubs he designed have got together to establish the MacKenzie Society and the annual national MacKenzie Medallion competition.

The event marked the club’s involvement with an elite group, including Alwoodley, Headingley, Lahinch, Sutton Coldfield, Teignmouth and Hadley Wood, to name but a few and allowed the club to demonstrate its course and facilities.

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The competition started in windy conditions with a shotgun start. The course was in excellent condition with fast greens having a stimpmeter reading of 10, which with the strong wind made putting difficult.

The home team of club captain Pete Allen, Dave Edwards and Jon James came first with a score of 70 points, followed by Nigel Menzies, Peter Chapman and David Bryce from South Moor Golf Club, Durham (68), with Jon Hall, Paul Fisher and Bob Ashley from Headingley Golf Club, Leeds, third (65).

Left to right (back): Richard Atherton (MacKenzie Society treasurer),

Headingley players, South Moor players. Front: John Poole (Weston president), Pete Allen and Jon James with the Medallion and signed flag.

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