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revived tournament Nailcote invited me to play in a Super Seniors section with Charlie and his old Ryder Cup team-mate Max Faulkner. Charlie had won the Short Course championship when he was resident pro at The Palace Hotel, Torquay, setting a new course record. (Nailcote Hall’s Director of Golf, Sid Mouland, broke the tournament record at the Torquay course in 1963 and held it for ten years) I was unable to play due to my eye problems but Charlie showed that his renowned short game could still function in his late eighties. The winner, by a large margin, was a player who was soon to make a big impact in his rookie year on the Seniors Tour, Carl Mason. His 9-hole course record 21 is likely to be longstanding.

Nailcote Hall kindly invited me back each year, but sadly sufficient sponsorship was not forthcoming and the Championship lapsed again after the 2001 event, won by a member of the Midlands PGA, Robert Rock, who went on to make a name for himself in some European Tour events in 2003. That Short Course championship was a special occasion as Nailcote celebrated the 50th anniversary of Max Faulkner’s Open victory at Royal Portrush. I was pleased when he received long overdue recognition at the age of 85 when he was awarded the OBE in the 2002 honours list. Sadly my old friend Charlie Ward had passed away a few weeks before the Nailcote event. He was just short of ninety-years-old and we had been friends for nearly seventy years. Charlie’s ashes were scattered on his beloved ‘Little Aston’. (The tournament has since been revived again by Nailcote Hall's proprietor Rick Cressman and has gone from strength to strength, JMC,2010)