Published on : Friday, October 14, 2016
Telford Hotel & Golf Resort’s golf first team is the toast of the leading Shropshire resort after winning the prestigious Shropshire and Herefordshire County Scratch League title for the first time in its history.
The line-up of Gary Turner, James Showell, Jon Houlston and Kieran Nickless capped a memorable season by beating Burghill Valley GC 4.5-3.5 in the final at Lilleshall Hall GC.
The finale to the competition, which was played over 36 holes, was a closely-fought affair with Telford holding the upper hand over their Herefordshire opponents throughout.
Wins from Showell and Nickless helped secure a slender 2.5-1.5 advantage at the halfway stage and Telford managed to maintain their narrow lead in the second round, with Nickless sealing victory with a 5&4 win in the final match.
Nickless, golf supervisor at Telford Hotel & Golf Resort, said: “We knew it was going to be a close match and that was certainly the case. The guys from Burghill Valley pushed us all the way and it got pretty nerve-wracking in the afternoon session. I’m just so pleased that I was able to see us over the finishing line.
“It’s been an amazing season for us and it’s hard to believe that it was only three years ago that we were playing in the ‘B’ division of the competition. The team has come a long way in such a short space of time, and to be the first side from the resort to have won the title makes the victory extra special.”
Telford Hotel & Golf Resort is part of QHotels, the UK’s largest golf resort operator offering tournament and championship-standard courses in 10 unique resort locations across England and Scotland.
The resort’s wonderfully picturesque course measures 6,741 yards along tree-lined fairways, through open greens and over strategic water hazards. The course’s signature hole is the eighth, a 382-yard, par-four which requires the drive to be landed to perfection to miss two fairway bunkers, before negotiating a pond with a beautiful mature oak tree… all placed to make the approach shot that little bit more interesting.