Warwickshire’s Chris Whitmore is England’s champion golf club captain, comfortably winning the title by three stableford points at Woodhall Spa Gof Club, Lincolnshire.
“It’s fantastic, I’ve never won a national title before,” said Whitmore, who is a member at Marston Lakes, but was the 2000/01 captain at Atherstone Golf Club.
He sealed his win in the final of the English Golf Captains’ tournament series on the par four 18th on the Hotchkin course. He explained: “I play it as a par five, but I managed to sink a 25ft putt for a four. It was very unexpected and it topped everything off. I wasn’t sure what would win today but to get a four for three points on the last was amazing.”
He insists that his win goes against his form. “I haven’t been playing particularly well. I’ve had a bad back and although I’ve recovered over the last couple of months, my golf had a dramatic improvement today!”
Whitmore, who plays off 16, is a regular in the series of England Golf Captains qualifying tournaments, enjoying them both for the competition and for the people he meets.
The runner-up was Simon Geddis (Styal) with 37 points while third place went to Neil Windle (Rotherham) who had 36 points. The final was played as part of England Golf Week, a five-day festival which celebrates the handicap game.