Some of Europes top golfers
will descend on Coventry this week to compete in one of the games most unusual
Former Ryder Cup players and captains will be in the field when the British Short
Course Championship begins at Nailcote Hall, Berkswell on Thursday.
The annual event is played on the hotels nine-hole course which consists
completely of Par 3s, and has attracted some of the top names from the European
Nailcote owner Richard Cressman believes that the field for the 1999 tournament will
ensure that the event is as good as ever.
"You can see the standard of player we are attracting to the event by the fact
that the defending champion Peter Baker is unable to play because he is competing with the
Worlds best players in the US Open in the same week.
"He qualified for that by finishing in the top 15 in the European Order of Merit
last year, and yet when he competed at Nailcote it was far from a stroll for him.
"This year we have former Ryder Cup players Gordon J Brand and Paul Broadhurst,
who of course is from Atherstone, twice Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Hunt, Gary Evans and
Mark Mouland who are all big names on the tour.
"David Carter will also be here and everybody saw what he could do last year when
he won the World Cup for England with Nick Faldo."
Cressman is delighted that such high-profile players agree to compete in the event, but
believes it offers them a change from the usual tour events.
"It is very different to a the grind of the European Tour. The professionals come
to Nailcote to enjoy themselves and relax, and because of that they play some splendid
"Because it is a par 3 course the excitement level of the tournament is great and
every shot is absolutely vital, and we have geared all our efforts to getting the course
in perfect condition for this tournament."
People wanting to watch the event - which is 36 holes played over Thurday 17 and Friday
18 of June - can go to Nailcote Lane and watch for £5, which includes a programme and car
parking on an adjacent field. Play begins at 9am on both days.