England (Midlands) Region
13 Jun 19
Matthew Fieldsend left three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan in his slipstream in winning Stratford Golf Club’s 125th Anniversary Pro-Am but he needed to set a course record to do it.
Sullivan finished fourth in the event with 37 points and it was Matt Cort, the 2018 English PGA Championship winner, who provided Fieldsend with his sternest opposition.
Not least on the back nine where the pair fought a bogey-free birdie battle.
They recorded 11 birdies between them, Fieldsend, the 2017 PGA Assistants Championship winner, accounting for five and Cort the remainder.
However, the foundations Fieldsend laid during the front nine proved decisive. One-under at the turn, the pro, who is attached to Drayton Park Golf Club, followed up by amassing 42 Stableford points.
That was one clear of his rival from Beedles Lake Golf Club, Leicestershire, who was one-over-par at the halfway stage.
In addition to claiming the £930 first prize, the most lucrative he has won on the domestic circuit since his triumph in the then Galvin Green-sponsored PGA Assistants Championship at Coxmoor, Fieldsend ensured his name was inscribed in the club’s record books..
His six-under-par round of 66 was the lowest recorded at Stratford since the 10th tee was relocated.