England (Midlands) Region
06 Jul 19
Ben Jenks left a sizeable posse of the region’s most accomplished players in his wake in winning the 14th Glazerite Trophy Pro-Am at Wellingborough Golf Club.
The 24-year-old PGA Assistant who is attached to Burton-on-Trent Golf Club posted a five-under-par round of 67 to claim the £500 winner’s cheque.
In doing so he finished three shots clear of a trio comprising Andy Willey, winner of the region’s first Order of Merit event, the Glazerite Trophy, 24 hours earlier, Simon Lilly and Michael Reed.
Jenks, who was first and second in the two PGA Midlands Trainees Strokeplay tournaments earlier in the season, served notice of what was in store by opening up with birdies at the par-four first and third holes.
Two more followed on the front nine but were cancelled out by bogeys en route to him reaching the turn in two-under.
Back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12 and 14 and 15 took his tally for the round to eight and such was his advantage over the 41 other PGA pros in the field that he could afford to bogey the last.
The pro-am was sponsored by Wellingborough-based Glazerite UK for the 14th successive year and the team competition, featuring trios of amateurs playing alongside a PGA pro, saw 168 players take part.
It was won by the quartet captained by David Atkins from the Marriott Forest of Arden. They posted a two-ball betterball score of 126 to finish four shots ahead of the trio of amateurs led by Halfpenny Green Golf Club’s Mark Sparrow.