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England (East) Region

Goddard takes Trainees’ crown

13 Aug 19

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Luke Goddard (Hendon) went one better than a year ago as he claimed the Marstons Beer Company Trainees’ Championship at Bishop’s Stortford.

Goddard, 31, was tied-second behind his good friend James Watts in the same event in 2018.

But he returned to the scene 12 months later to fire rounds of 68 and 69 to end up at five-under-par – two shots clear of Ben Wyatt (The Rayleigh Club).

The foundations of his victory were based around his play on the par-5s. Through the two rounds he made birdie on five of the six long holes that he encountered,

There was the odd blemish on the card but the cool way he saved par from a bunker – sinking a mid-range putt in the process – on the last epitomised his resolve on the day.

Goddard said: “I played pretty solidly. apart from the odd sloppy bogey. But I played the par-5s nicely, so all in all it was a good day’s work.

“I was quite pleased to get up and down at the last from the bunker – it was plugged but I ended up holding a 12-footer for par. I wasn’t sure where I stood in the tournament, so I was glad to hole that.

“I finished second to James in this last year, so it’s nice to now get my name on the trophy.”

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