Russell wins 2012 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship

D J Russell claimed the £15,000 first prize as he tore the field apart at a Nailcote Hall

Russel Par 3

For four straight days, the Cromwell Course at Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire was bathed in glorious August sunshine as golfing legends, current tour stars and celebrities alike gathered in the Midlands for an action packed week of golfing excellence, drama and entertainment at the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship.

The superb field of players at this year's championship was spear-headed by Tony Jacklin CBE, Ian Woosnam OBE and Alison Nicholas MBE, making the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship undoubtedly the world's leading tournament for Par 3 golf.

Between them, the players that gathered at Nailcote Hall boasted an impressive eight Major titles and over 200 European Tour, European Senior Tour, PGA Tour, Champions Tour and Challenge Tour titles.

With blistering sunshine bathing the Cromwell Course, the competition heated up for a classic battle on Thursday, as record numbers of spectators arrived at the course to watch the stars.   When the leaders went out on Thursday afternoon, the stage was set for a classic climax and they certainly didn't disappoint. However it was a burst from two time winner on the European Tour D J Russell put him in pole position for the victory.

Russell was playing exceptional golf, especially at the finish, securing birdies at the 14th, 15th and 17th, to finish the round on -8, three shots clear of his nearest rival.

The win made Russell the oldest ever winner of the championship and his -8 winning total was the best winning score recorded in the championship's history at Nailcote Hall.

With drama, emotion, fun and amazing stories everywhere you looked, the 2012 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship was a truly amazing championship that will not quickly be forgotten by the thousands of spectators who attended it.

Now all that remains is for work to start on the 2013 championship, which will take place on August 6th-9th. For moor on the tournament go to

Thomas Patrick Clarke
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Tom Clarke joined Golf Monthly as a sub editor in 2009 being promoted to content editor in 2012 and then senior content editor in 2014, before becoming Sports Digital Editor for the Sport Vertical within Future in 2022. Tom currently looks after all the digital products that Golf Monthly produce including Strategy and Content Planning for the website and social media - Tom also assists the Cycling, Football, Rugby and Marine titles at Future. Tom plays off 16 and lists Augusta National (name drop), Old Head and Le Touessrok as the favourite courses he has played. Tom is an avid viewer of all golf content with a particularly in depth knowledge of the pro tour.