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Celebrities line up for tee off at Nailcote Hall

Solihull Editorial 7th Aug, 2014 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

LEGENDS of golf and the world of sport went head-to-head this week at the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship held at Nailcote Hall in Berkswell.

The championship is the leading Par 3 tournament in the UK and the professional competition is sandwiched in between to Celeberity/Amateur competitions which give members of the public the chance to play alongside their sporting heros.

Among the many famous names takking part in this year’s competition were golfing legend Tony Jacklin, former Acton Villa manager Ron Atkinson, Brummie comedian Jasper Carrott, Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman and former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel to name just a few.

Celebrity fun was due to give way on Wednesday and Thursday as the serious business of the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship title and a share of the £100,000 prize fund were up for grabs.

And then Friday will see the return of the celebrities to the tee, including the likes of Coronation Street actor William Roache MBE, Rugby World Cup winner Neil Back MBE, snooker’s Mr Maximum Willie Thorne, BBC presenter Dan Walker, most-capped England goalkeeper Peter Shilton OBE and ex-Olympic sprinter John Regis MBE.

Observer photographer Jon Mullis was on-hand to see some of the early rounds unfolding.

Former Aston Villa, West Brom and Coventry City manager

Ron Atkinson and Nailcote Hall owner Rick Cressman. 32.014.020.sol.jm1

Golfing legend Tony Jacklin signing autographs. 32.014.020.sol.jm2

Strictly Come Dancing head judge Len Goodman was hoping for no ‘sevens’ on the Par 3 course. 32.014.020.sol.jm6

Jasper Carrot teeing off on the 5th. 32.014.020.sol.jm10 and inset watching team mate Jim Ford putt. 32.014.020.sol.jm16

Is this the way to par a par 3? A chip out of the sand for singing legend Tony Christie. 32.014.020.sol.jm8

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