NICK CHERRIE reports on last week’s SJA Autumn Golf Day
Gerry Cox is fast making the Phil Sheldon Trophy his very own after winning it for the third time in five years.
The co-owner of Hayters, playing off a 22 handicap, posted a sensational Stableford score of 37pts at Muswell Hill Golf Club in north London.
That would normally be enough to take the honours by a mile . . . but not on this day.
Cox took the Phil Sheldon – named in honour of the late sports photographer and SJA committee – on countback.
His 21 points on the final nine holes was enough to pip SJA stalwart Paul Trow, who probably had abit of home advantage, as a Muswell Hill member.
Even then, 14 handicapper Trow only took second spot after beating photographer Hugh Routledge on the back six of their countback.
Charlie Randall also finished on 37 points, but was beaten to a podium finish with “just” 17pts on the back after opening with a superb 20pts.
What a scorcher of a day . . . and the weather wasn’t bad either!
Paul Buttle took the guest trophy with a fine 32pts.
On a final note, our thanks to Phil Sheldon’s widow Gill for presenting the prizes.
2016 SJA Autumn Golf Day results
1. Gerry Cox 37pts (on countback)
2. Paul Trow 37pts (on back six c/b)
3. Hugh Routledge 37pts (on c/b)
4. Charlie Randall 37pts
Guest trophy: Paul Buttle 32pts
Nearest the pin: Hugh Routledge
Longest drive: Paolo Minoli
- The SJA is the largest member organisation of sports media professionals in the world. Join us: Click here for more details
FORTHCOMING SJA EVENTS
- Thu Dec 15, 2016: SJA British Sports Awards, sponsored by The National Lottery
- Mon Feb 27, 2017: SJA British Sports Journalism Awards, sponsored by BT Sport