England (Midlands) Region
19 Aug 19
Cornwall-based Richard O’Hanlon made the long journey to play in Brocton Hall Golf Club’s 125th anniversary pro-am worthwhile by finishing joint first with Matt Cort.
Both posted three-under-par scores of 66 to earn £675 and were left to reflect on their contrasting fortunes on the 17th hole at the Staffordshire course.
The par-three 173-yard hole is well protected by bunkers at the front, stream to the left and a hedge that hugs the right-hand side of the green.
O’Hanlon, who is attached to St Kew Golf Club near Wadebridge, went into it on four-under and emerged with a bogey. Cort, by contrast, recorded a birdie to move from two to three-under.
Cort had teed off four hours and 10 minutes earlier than O’Hanlon and that both completed their rounds on a rain-plagued day made the efforts of personnel and volunteers from PGA Midlands and Brocton Hall to defy the weather worthwhile.
Commenting on the successful attempt to thwart Mother Nature, Brocton Hall’s head PGA Professional Nevil Bland said: “As the event organiser I had a worrying couple of days leading up to it.
“The forecast was biblical rain and wind and to have tournament director Matt Rowley’s experience and calming attitude was very welcome indeed!
“On the day the weather wasn't quite as bad as forecast until later on and we spent four hours squeegeeing the greens from the sixth hole onwards with PGA Midlands guys doing the bulk of the work along with our volunteers and my staff.
“They didn't stop for food all day and I can't say enough about how much value they brought to the day which was noticed and appreciated by everyone.”
Not least Cort (above), who represents Beedles Lake Golf Club in Leicestershire, and O’Hanlon who finished two shots clear of the 38-strong field from which just two others broke par.
Neil Wain, a PGA Assistant at The Belfry posted a one-under-par score of 68, as did Drayton Park Golf Club’s Matt Fieldsend.
Meanwhile the three amateurs led by Fieldsend’s clubmate Harrison Quirk finished tied first with Leamington County Golf Club’s Chris Thornton’s trio in the team competition. Both recorded two-ball better-ball scores of 13-under.
Full scores and results are accessible via this link:
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