England (South) Region
23 May 19
After a bumpy start, Golf at Goodwood’s Chris McDonnell got into his stride to shoot a four-under-par 67 and claim the Mackenzie Quaich Pro-Am at Effingham and a cool £750.
As the delighted winner commented: “It took me a few holes to get the pace of the greens, but then I settled in and played pretty well, nice and solid. The highlight was the driver and three iron to eight feet at the 8th and then holing the putt for eagle!”
He added: “I’ve got a busy season ahead and I’m really looking forward to playing in various Pro-Ams and the Order of Merit tournaments this year, and also seeing if I can make it into The PGA Cup again, so it’s great to get my season off to a good start.”
In a shot gun start at the 13th, McDonnell deuced his first hole but then bogeyed the next three before making a birdie at the 17th to get back to one-over-par. Birdies at the first, second and seventh got him to two-under and then an eagle at the eighth meant he was out in front, and pars to finish meant McDonnell stayed that way.
Defending champion, David Copsey (DCGS Poult Wood) had an up and down sort of round, making two bogeys and three birdies on his opening nine, and two more bogeys mixed with three more birdies on his back nine. A birdie at his last hole helped him into the runners up spot for a handy £600.
In the team event, Nick Olson’s team led his group to a one shot victory over Maria Tulley’s team , which included the Effingham Lady Captain, and the honour of taking their own miniature Mackenzie Quaich’s home.
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