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Pepperell reigns supreme as records tumble at the 2014 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship

After four days of outstanding entertainment that saw the course record broken and hole-in-ones galore, young European Tour star Eddie Pepperell secured the 2014 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship title after a tense play-off with TP Tour Qualifier Jak Hamblett.


Eddie Pepperell, Farmfoods British Par 3 Champion 2104

Both finished on scores of seven-under-par, before Pepperell chipped in on the third play-off to take home the cheque for £25,000 and cap off a superb performance. In a record-breaking year, spectators flocked to Nailcote Hall to watch golfing legends, top professionals and great celebrities compete at the country’s foremost Par 3 event.

Leading this year’s all-star cast of golfing professionals and hosting the event for the sixth year running was the most successful Ryder Cup Captain of all-time, Tony Jacklin CBE. Jacklin is the face of the Championship, and has been instrumental in raising the profile of the event and helping it to expand each year. He welcomed back another former winning Ryder Cup Captain Ian Woosnam OBE, as well as former Open Champion Paul Lawrie OBE, who made his debut at the Championship.

Tony Jacklin CBE
Ian Woosnam OBE


Organised by Champions (UK) plc, headline sponsors Farmfoods once again pledged a £100,000 prize fund to attract a field of elite players. As the Sky Sports cameras captured the action as it unfolded, a host of celebrities dusted off their golf clubs for the first Celeb-Am on Tuesday including: the great cricketing all-rounder, Sir Garfield Sobers; former Olympic swimmer, Mark Foster; comedian Jasper Carrott OBE; Strictly Come Dancing Judge, Len Goodman; and Ashes-winning cricketer, Matthew Hoggard MBE.

Paul Lawrie OBE
Len Goodman
European Senior Tour star, Gary Wolstenholme MBE, emerged triumphant after the first day of action with an impressive round of four-under-par. Inspired by the performance of Wolstenholme, the Farmfoods 2 team were the winning team on the day with a combined total of -14. After the day's play concluded, Nailcote Hall hosted the first of three Gala Balls to raise money for Midlands' charity Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, and Jacklin welcomed all guests to the Championship with his inaugural welcome address. There was a delicious three-course meal and entertainment was provided by Tony Christie, who gave a rendition of his hit song ‘Is This the Way to Amarillo?’.

The Professional Championship began on Wednesday 6th August and was a closely-fought contest between golfing icons and current professionals. As well as Jacklin, Woosnam and Lawrie, the field featured Tommy Horton MBE, Gary Wolstenholme MBE, DJ Russell, Peter Baker, Paul Broadhurst and Eddie Pepperell. After the first day’s play, talented young golfer Jak Hamblett led by a single stroke with three past winners hot on his heels: Mark Mouland, Peter Baker and DJ Russell.

Always one of the highlights of the week, the Players' Ball, hosted by Geoff Miller OBE, took place on Wednesday evening and featured a Q&A session with Sir Garfield Sobers. The celebrated cricketer discussed his illustrious career which has seen him universally recognised as one of the greatest players of all-time for his skill and versatility.

Huge crowds gathered on Thursday for the conclusion of the Professional Championship and they were treated to an incredible golfing spectacle. With Hamblett leading at the start of play but yet to tee-off, Gary Wolstenholme and Paul Lawrie stormed into a joint lead of -6. Lawrie’s incredible round of -8 was a course record at Nailcote Hall and it is easy to see why he has the nickname ‘Chippy’ for his immaculate short game!

Huge crowds enjoyed the sunshine and spectacular golf,
with Jak Hamblett forcing a play-off.

As the day wore on, a battle for first place ensued before Hamblett eventually tied the lead with Eddie Pepperell to force a play-off. Aspiring young talent Pepperell eventually came through on top by chipping in on the third play-off hole. In his victory speech, he paid tribute to the sponsors, the quality of the event and his supporters.

The day also saw an incredible four holes-in-one for Gary Wolstenholme, Tommy Horton, DJ Russell and Raymond Russell to take the total for the championship to six, after Tom Reid and Gary Emerson achieved the feat on Wednesday. The leading team was David Nelson partnered with former Masters Champion Ian Woosnam OBE. Carl Mason won the prize for the Super Seniors contest winning £5,000 for the second year running, and Luke Turbutt won the Norma C Herd Silver Salver for leading amateur closely followed by Tom Charley and Sarah Herd in second and third respectively.

Tommy Horton was one of six players to score a hole-in-one. He was joined
by Gary Wolstenholme, Tom Reid, Gary Emmerson, Raymond Russell and
2012 champion DJ Russell.

Friday was the final day of the Championship and the second Celeb-Am tournament. The celebrities teeing off included: Coronation Street star, William Roache MBE; Rugby World Cup winner, Neil Back MBE; most-capped England footballer, Peter Shilton OBE; BBC Presenter Dan Walker; and Layer Cake actor Jamie Foreman. This time, former Ryder Cup Vice-Captain Peter Baker was the winner to cap off an impressive four days on the Cromwell Course.

The final Charity Gala Ball concluded proceedings in what was a truly first-class week of golfing action at Nailcote Hall. The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship excelled itself once again and kept its place as one of the summer’s most enthralling outdoor events. Look out for the highlights programmes on Sky Sports and Challenge TV out soon.

It has now been confirmed that the 2015 Championship will take place on the 11th-14th August next year.

The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship will be back at Nailcote Hall between
the 11th-14th August 2015. Put it in your diary now!

For further information about the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship 2014, call Champions (UK) plc on 08453 313031 or email blawrence@championsukplc.com

Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship 2014 Results

2014 PROFESSIONAL RESULT
Nailcote Hall Hotel, WarwickshirePar - 54
36 HoleTotalGBP
1.EddiePepperell10125000
2.Jak Hamblett10112500
3.Paul Lawrie1025125
3.Gary Wolstenholme1025125
5.Carl Mason1033000
6.Jamie Spence1041843
6.Raymond Russell1041843
6.Mark Mouland1041843
6.Peter Baker1041843
6.DJ Russell1041843
6.Andy Sullivan1041843
6.Tim Thelen1041843
13.Paul Broadhurst1051200
13.Matt Nixon1051200
13.Mike Harwood1051200
16.Philip Price1061000
16.Andrew Oldcorn1061000
18.Simon Lilly1071000
18.Gareth Wright1071000
20.Ian Woosnam108875
20.Andrew Marshall108875
22.Mark Booth109750
22.Andrew Sherborne109750
24.Tony Johnstone110750
24.Maurice Bembridge110750
24.Scott Drummond110750
27.Gary Emerson111500
27.Anthony Wall111500
27.Sam Walker111500
30.Tommy Horton112500
30.Lee Slattery112500
30.Gordon Brand Jnr112500
33.Charley Hull113458
33.Tom Reid113458
33.Nathan Treacher113458
33.Chris Rodgers113458
33.Stephen Bennett113458
33.Gordon J Brand113458
39.Des Smyth114375
39.Roger Chapman114375
39.Chris Russell114375
39.Duncan Elbury114375
43.Philip Golding115375
43.Gary Boyd115375
43.Nicholas Jenkins115375
46.Brian Barnes116312
46.Richard O’Hanlon116312
48.Mark Murphy118250
48.Malcolm Gregson118250
50.Larry Laoretti119250
51.Craig Lawrie123250
52.Warren Jacklin125250
53.Robert Rock128250
53.Ben Kruze128250
55.Tony Jacklin129250
56.Franklyn Stephenson130250

Play Off – Won by Eddie Pepperell 3 - 3 - 2
Jak Hamblett 3 - 3 - 3

Work starts on £1.25m upgrade to Nailcote Hall golf course

A new clubhouse and 10 more hotel bedrooms are being added to Nailcote Hall in Berkswell


Work has started on a £1.25 million scheme to improve a world-class par three golf course after it secured a funding boost.
A new clubhouse and 10 more hotel bedrooms are being added to Nailcote Hall in Berkswell, on the Solihull-Warwickshire border, which is home to the Farmfoods British Par Three Championship.
The investment was unlocked by £100,000 match-funding from the Birmingham Post Growth Fund, in partnership with Bournville College, and will see plans that have been 16 years in the making come to fruition.
Nailcote’s owner, Rick Cressman, said the enlarged and improved facilities will attract more golfers as well as corporate clients.
Mr Cressman said: “We will have a clubhouse which befits the best par three event in Europe.
“We have got 10 more bedrooms being built and a clubhouse for the golf course.
“With it being recognised as one of the best par three courses in the world we really need the whole facilities to be something that can be enjoyed by people coming to stay, play or visit.”
As well as the golf course, Nailcote already offers a 40-bedroom luxury hotel, conference facilities, tennis courts and a regular programme of live entertainment.
Mr Cressman said the other 40 bedrooms at the hotel had all been refurbished in the past 18 months ahead of the new investment.
He added: “That is something that we have been trying to make happen for 16 years, which has been very frustrating because it has been absolutely essential to the long-term success of the business to have this capacity in place.
“Thankfully the Regional Growth Fund has been a big help to us.
“It has assisted us to grow the club, create more jobs and add additional security for the people who work for us.”
The scheme will see five jobs created at Nailcote, which already employs 65 people.
The Birmingham Post Growth Fund distributes Regional Growth Fund money to companies across the region to stimulate investment and unlock job creation and is set to return later this summer after it was awarded a further £5 million.
Graeme Brown, regional head of business at Post publisher BPM Media, said the success of Nailcote Hall showed why the fund was so important in the region.
Mr Brown, who sits on the panel for the Birmingham Post Growth Fund, added: “Nailcote Hall is another example of exactly why the Post and our partners Bournville College invest so much time and effort in our growth fund. These plans have been more than a decade in the making, and it took a bit of investment to help get it up and running.
“It also shows that this is not just a Birmingham fund. When the fund re-opens later this summer we’ll be keen to hear from companies across Solihull and Coventry who are also looking to invest, unlock opportunities and create jobs.”

Nailcote Bride of the Year 2014

We are pleased to announce our Bride of the Year 2014 is Becky White of Nuneaton.



Becky along with her Bridegroom Jamie Long who reside in Nuneaton were picked from the invited eligible couples who have their wedding booked at our Bride of the Year event in February.

The prize of £5000 from the price of their wedding was donated by Nailcote Hall along with a wonderful prize of bridal hair on the wedding day from Fay Smith of Hair Hostess.


Other winners of runner up prizes were: Charlene Graham & Julian Taylor, Gemma Weston & Anthony Phillips, Laura Stewart & Paul Harris and Sarah Atkinson & Alan Amaria....


The team at Nailcote Hall wish them and all our Bride and Bridegrooms every happiness

Nailcote Hall in Golf News

Proprietor of Nailcote Hall and creator of the British Par 3 Championship Cromwell Course, Rick Cressman was recently interviewed by Golf News magazine. He talked about how he built such a fabulous course, why he believes Par 3 courses are an important addition to the golfing landscape and the ongoing success of the British Par 3 Championship.

Read the full article here.

Rick Cressman interview

Proprietor of Nailcote Hall, Rick Cressman was recently interviewed by Birmingham Living, giving his opinion on nimby politics, low ambitions, and why, despite that, he believes Birmingham is on the rise.

Read the full interview here.


Greatest golf shot of the year goes viral!

Matt Wheatcroft found himself in an impossible position at this years British Par 3 Championship at Nailcote Hall. With his ball just a foot away from a fence and with no way to make his swing things weren't looking good. So he decided to get creative, turning his back to the hole and swinging away from the green. He managed to bounce the ball off a fence post and have it land behind him, on the green, and within a foot of the hole.

Video of the shot was uploaded to YouTube this week and has had more than half a million views in only 3 days.

Take a look for yourself and see if it really is the shot of the year!

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