The 6th annual 2018 Brooks/Champions Challenge Trophy took place this year in the Portuguese resort of Vilamoura on the Vila Sol Golf Course.
As usual Brooks was represented by Simon Greig and Mark Fleming with Neill Birch and Steve Pilbeam playing for team Champions. Unseasonably windy and sometimes wet conditions made the early season golf a particular challenge with Mark losing 3 of the 6 balls he had bought for the entire round on just the 1st hole! With Champions taking the honours on the first hole, Brooks hit back on the next hole and the scores remained tight for the first 9 holes going into the back 9 level. Champions played the better golf on the home stretch and going into the 17th they were 1 up. Mark and Simon, first off the tee, both hit their best drives of the day to turn up the pressure but Steve and Neill dug deep and responded with 2 good drives. The hard fought match was sealed with a confident 4ft putt from Neill rattling into the back of the cup on the 17th for a 2 and 1 win. Champions were the champions having finally won the trophy after 6 attempts, which included 2 matches halved by Brooks on the 18th holes when all had looked lost. Smarting from defeat the Brooks boys are set on revenge 2019!