Merchant team victorious in Merman golf competition.

Published:  07 November, 2011

OXFORD: A twelve strong team of top merchant golfers has retained the prestigious Merman Trophy after a closely fought match against a select team of manufacturers.

Staged at the Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire on the 12th October, the two opposing teams played out the event under strict Ryder Cup-styled four-ball matchplay conditions. With all six matches completed the scores stood tied at 3-3 – the merchants emerging victorious by virtue of being the returning champions.

“As the first matches were concluded it looked as if we were heading for quite a beating,” explains manufacturer team captain, Steve Durdant-Hollamby of ACO Water Management. “3-1 down and staring defeat in the face there was tremendous pressure on our last two pairings. But our guys dug deep and showed their mettle. Broad and Worsfold turned in a magnificent performance overwhelming Moles and Parker 7 and 6 – the largest winning margin ever recorded in the competition’s history – leaving Tattam and Moulton to secure the tie in a nail-biting finish against Pepperrell and Davies.”

The original idea of BMN founding publisher, David Wilson, the annual Merman Trophy has been running for nearly two decades. Over this time the teams have always been closely matched – this 2011 victory puts the merchants just two wins ahead of the manufacturers.

In accordance with tradition the losing team will have to supply the shirts for next year’s competition. This year’s choices, selected by the manufacturers, gave rise to a certain level of disquiet on both teams according to merchant team captain, Martin Lee of Buildbase. “We weren’t overly happy stepping out onto the course looking like the cabin crew from a certain low-budget airline. But the manufacturers attempt to upset our game by putting us in lurid tangerine backfired as it just fuelled our competitive spirit. Their own choice of black and white appears to have misfired too as Brian Blanchard and Bill Worsfold are both staunch Sunderland supporters!”

2011 Merman Trophy Teams


  • Martin Lee - Buildbase
  • Phil Yates - E H Smith
  • Martin Lovell - GMGB
  • Mark Davies - LBS
  • John Beesley - Beesley & Flydes
  • Andrew Cope - Chandlers
  • Grant Richardson - Wolseley
  • Phil Norton - Buttles
  • Mark Bone - George Line
  • Ken Pepperrell - Seccombe Group
  • Darren Mobb - E H Smith
  • Tom Parker - Parkers


  • Steve Durdant-Hollamby - ACO
  • Brian Blanchard - Aliaxis
  • Keith Ellis - Castle Cement
  • Bill Worsfold - Bostik
  • Mike Tattam - Vencel
  • Ken McKeown - Stonemarket
  • Geoff Moulton - Stonemarket
  • Dave Anderson - Rixonway
  • Andrew Prosser - Rixonway
  • Mark Hughes - Polypipe
  • Ian Broad - Tarmac
  • Andy Williams - H+H Celcon

2011 Merman Trophy Scorecard

  • Hughes 18 / Williams 20
  • Lee 8 / Cope 16 1 up
  • Blanchard 15 / McKeown 11
  • Lovell 9 / Richardson 14 2 up
  • Hollamby 12 / Prosser 10 1 up
  • Beesley 8 / Yates 22
  • Ellis 10 / Anderson 17
  • Norton 11 / Bone 20 1 up
  • Broad 5 / Worsfold 16 7 up (dog licence)
  • Moles 14 / Parker 22
  • Tattam 7 / Moulton 19 2 up
  • Pepperrell 21 / Davies 14

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