Press Release: Patterson and Greg Edwards bring home 4th CGS West Midlands Golf Cup for Banners Gate Community Church ~ Christian Golf Society | Church Golf | National Church Golf Cup in partnership with CVM

Press Release: Patterson and Greg Edwards bring home 4th CGS West Midlands Golf Cup for Banners Gate Community Church

A great day was had on Friday 22nd July at Sutton Coldfield Golf Club for the 4th Annual CGS West Midlands Golf Cup sponsored by Banners Gate Community Church and EB Brands UK. The day started with a bacon sandwich and coffee. The first shot being struck at . The weather started cloudy and warm (for me anyway) although we did get a slow moving shower of rain that lasted for about 5 holes. The format was better ball stableford played off 3/4 handicap

The winners were George Patterson and Greg Edwards representing Banners Gate Community Church who scored 43 points. This though does not tell the whole story.

15 pairs took part in the event which is our highest number of competitors in our 4 years of holding the golf day and every year has seen a growth in the numbers playing.

The first shots were struck by the eventual winners, the first straight down the middle, followed by his partner, also down the middle but 20 yards past him. One made a par 4, the other a birdie 3 to get off to a tidy start and lay down the gauntlet for the rest who were all watching. The sponsors golf brollies were well used during the 45 mins of rain and the balls were left littering the heather to no doubt be found by grateful members over the coming weeks.

After the front nine the eventual winners were only in 11th place with a score of 18 points with John Dadd and Paul Evans (also representing Banners Gate Community Church) having a storming front nine with 23 points but only one point clear of Alan Cobbald and Andy Watkinson (Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church) and Phil Yates and Keith Watts (Walsall Community Church).

However, on the back nine, which is traditionally the more difficult part of the course, George and Greg scored 25 points to take their total to 43 points which included a 30 foot putt on the 18th for a birdie (net eagle) for 4 points! Alan and Andy came back in 21 points also to finish on 43 points but came second on count back whilst the early leaders John and Paul finished with 20 points on the back nine also with a total of 43 points to finish third on count back. Phil and Keith faded on the back nine to finish fifth.

Graham Pratt from Banners Gate Community Church was the after dinner speaker and he spoke of winners and losers including Seve Ballesteros who was seen by many as a winner with treasure on earth from his golf winnings and sponsorship. However, following his unfortunate death, where was he now? Whereas Graham himself has had a difficult time for the past few years but knows that his treasure is in heaven because of Jesus Christ who has forgiven his sins.

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