JHJ Barker Trophy Review

The JHJ Barker was presented by Mr W.A. Barker in memory of Lt John H.J. Barker, of the East Lancashire Regiment, who fell in action on the Gallipoli Peninsula in August 1915, aged just 22. S. Ogden was the first winner to lift the trophy in 1923 with a net 158 across the two rounds.

Wind on 96 years and Mick Heys found himself with the trophy high above his head but come Saturday it will time to start relinquishing the current crown to winners new…or will it?

The 2019 trophy saw [Sir] Mick storm out in round one with a superlative 64. Described as “phenomenal golf” by three-ball compatriot Jonny Rob, Mick seemed to have sealed the prize there and then with a three shot lead. Second placed Jonny Rob and Michael Murray were a tough test to keep and bay but despite a mini collapse (and heart attack no doubt) of 7 shots off the lead in round 2, Mick held on by a stroke to win his first major.

Roll on one year and much in Mick’s steady game hasn’t changed; another set of wedges, a new Tour Edge Teacup and the same love of Tetleys still has him as player not to be dismissed. His self imposed title of Sir will surely get to Canon status if he can repeat the win.

Roll back a season and you’ll find a few less faces at TGC. In a weird, yet wonderful, way the global Covid pandemic has seen our membership fortuitously boosted this year. We have some very talented new members and coming to the fore amongst those are brothers Bobby and Dan Fielden. Bobby has already scooped the Medal 1 prize and with a blend of driving power and iron precision these two are set to contend in competition for some time to come. With a huge backswing Bobby can drive long (veeeeery long) and flicking an 8 iron into the wind within 5ft of the pin on the 5th means there’s some fine iron play in the locker as well. When Dan isn’t doing trick shots by shanking the ball through the white triangle marker on that very same hole, a handicap of 10 sees a golfer with some real precision from tee to green and a calm temperament (on the outside at least) that is needed for a major such as this.

So disregarding the seemingly bare nature of the wins in the Fieldens’ profiles and knowing the steady experience of our current champion, we’re set for part one in a tale of experience. The new wave of members – with maybe a rogue handicap or two out there that John Whitham has not got to yet – are up against the tried and tested at TGC.

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