10 September 2018

Mashie Niblicks to the fore as Revival Golf Challenge returns to The Downs

On Friday 7 September, The Downs course at Goodwood was transformed back to a bygone era, as players donned their finest tweeds and plus fours to take on the renowned Revival Golf Challenge.

Mashie Niblicks to the fore as Revival Golf Challenge returns to The Downs

Goodwood Revival Golf (copyright Sam Hanson)

Each participant was supplied with a full set of hickory shafted clubs provided by South of England Hickory Golf, comprising ‘Brassies,’ ‘Mid-Irons,’ ‘Mashies,’ ‘Mashie Niblicks,’ ‘Niblicks’ and ‘Spoons.’ A vintage-style golf bag completed the look.

After a shotgun start and 18 holes played in beautiful conditions, Paul Millard and Adam Sandieson proved last year’s victory was no fluke, amassing 40 points to take the win. The winning margin was a narrow one, as Max Jones and Sean Goring also scored 40, but lost out on countback. Stuart Hobbs and Pan Pantelli were hot on their heels with a score of 39.

With the emphasis of the competition being on fun as much as accurate play, prizes were also awarded to those who beat ‘James Braid’ in a closest to the pin competition and to the best dressed players. Cameron McGoldrick and Charles Sargeant were selected as the pairing leading the fashion stakes against tough competition.

EuroPro Tour player and Golf At Goodwood ambassador Marco Penge, who was playing alongside his girlfriend Sophie Lamb, said of the competition; “This is the third year I’ve played in it and Sophie’s first year and it’s been a great laugh. There’s a massive difference playing with hickory clubs compared with modern clubs. Sophie is known as one of the straightest drivers of the ball and even she found it hard to hit it straight. But it’s pretty cool to see how golf was played back in the day.”

Players were rewarded for their efforts with gin and tonics and a hog roast lunch on the course, before being transported to the Motor Circuit to enjoy the Revival action on track.

Golf construction experts MJ Abbott Ltd carried out extensive bunker reconstruction works to The Downs Course at Goodwood in 2015 and 2016.

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