Chapman won this event with George Will, Ken's father, in 1979 and is now only two matches away from completing the unique double of winning with both father and son.
Yet it was touch and go for most of the morning round before Chapman and Will beat the holders, Julie Hall, a former Curtis Cup player, and Helen Wadsworth, who plays on the women's European Tour, at the 24th hole. Chapman and Will might have won at the 18th, where the former's putt for a birdie three finished in the jaws of the hole. Will then had to sink a 12-foot putt at the 20th to keep the match alive, while Hall and Wadsworth, who received seven shots in the first 18 holes and two more in the next six, missed a chance of victory when they took three putts at the 23rd.
The match finally ended at the 24th where the men were on the green in two, and got their four, but the women found sand. Wadsworth came out to three feet, but Hall missed the putt to lose an absorbing match.
In the afternoon, Chapman and Will beat Gary Emerson, another European Tour player, and the Broadstone professional, Nigel Tokely, 3 and 2.
Emerson and Tokely three times led by one hole, but each time Chapman and Will levelled before winning four holes running and then halving their way to victory at the 16th.Reuse content