England (Midlands) Region
10 Jul 19
Simon Lilly’s quartet of birdies on the back nine proved decisive in his battle with Matt Cort to claim the £1,000 on offer to the winner of the annual Northants County Golf Club Charity Pro-Am.
Both were one-under-par at the turn and, with Cort dropping a shot at the par-four 10th and Lilly following suit at the short 12th, they were level approaching the final six holes.
Lilly, who represents De Vere Staverton Estate, responded by breaking the deadlock with back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14, another at 16 and signing off with a fourth at the 18th.
It all added up to a four-under-par round of 66 and a one-shot victory over his rival from Beedles Lake Golf Club, Leicestershire.
Cort, who earned £800, finished a shot clear of the trio level on two-under in third place: Whittington Heath Golf Club’s Daniel Whitby-Smith, James Whatley of Morley Hayes Golf and St Kew Golf Club’s Richard O’Hanlon.
They each collected £616 but the biggest cash winner of the day turned out to be Paul Jewell, a member at Ladbrook Park Golf Club, Warwickshire – the venue for the region’s next Order of Merit event.
Jewell, who was one of the three amateurs playing in the team led by O’Hanlon, had a hole-in-one at the par-three 15th and won the £5,000 on offer for an ace at any of the quartet of short holes.
It was not enough to secure victory in the 38-strong team competition, however. That resulted in a tie involving the line-ups led by Cort and Ladbrook Park’s Chris Freeman, thanks to two-ball better-ball scores of 14-under.