Ex county champ strikes for glory
PAUL GAREY is the 2014 Hobbis Trophy champion, after winning Moseley Golf Club’s prestigious scratch open.
The 2006 Worcestershire Amateur County champion carded a level-par aggregate of 140 in the 36-hole event to win by three shots from fellow Moseley member and 2011 Midland Closed champion Richard Sadler, as well as five-time Moseley club champion Chris Heeley, and two-time Worcestershire Amateur champion Josh Carpenter from Cleobury Mortimer.
Sam Hufton, a former national junior champion from Copt Heath, finished fifth.
“I’m over the moon,” said an ecstatic Garey afterwards. “The club itself proved once again to be one of the best in the Midlands with such a great field. To come out on top is fantastic. I’m delighted and look forward to defending the title next year.”
The tournament is named after Roy Hobbis, a stalwart of golf in the Midlands and a Moseley member since 1980. Hobbis has a playing record that will likely never be beaten, having represented Worcestershire in seven consecutive decades, as well as being appointed county president in 2000. He is one in a long line of notable Moseley members.
Indeed, the club has produced no fewer than ten international players in its 122-year history, including 2006 R&A captain and 1963 British Amateur champion Michael Lunt and, more recently, 1996 British Amateur runner-up Mike Reynard.
With a desire to honour Roy’s achievements in the game and create a Scratch Open reflecting its proud playing history, the inaugural Hobbis Trophy was staged in 2011.
In total, 52 of the best golfers in the Midlands convened at Moseley for this year’s event.