England and Wales (South West) Region
06 Jun 19
Ashley Mansell came close to the magical 59 as he leapt into a four-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Total Triumph Classic at Oake Manor.
The Clevedon assistant finished his remarkable round on the 195-yard tenth hole but his tee shot flew into a greenside bunker. He failed to get up and down from five feet to drop his only shot of the day.
“I was thinking more of not posting ten under par rather than a 59,” he said. “The ball just lipped out. I’m not too upset although chances like this don’t come often.”
Mansell was delighted with his putting after an indifferent six weeks on the greens. His last impressive outing produced a seven-under-par at Trevose in th Asbri Cornish Festival.
He signed for halves of 31 and 30 and feels his chance of winning the first Marston’s Order of Merit tournament of the season is due.
He has been among the runners up for the past two seasons. He and Lydia Hall lost to Sion Bebb in a play off two years ago. He joined Toby Hunt, Richard O’Hanlon, Dan Carter in second to John Bickerton last year.
Nearest challenger Louis Boston (Chippenham) made four birdies and an eagle on the 17th in 65. Cennydd Mills (Mills Coaching) made four of his seven birdies on the front nine in 66 while Lee Thompson (Dudsbury) returned late to post the same score.
He is always a formidable opponent and set the ten-under course record last year. The rest look too far behind to challenge today.
But Mansell issued a word of warning. “I’m in a great position but the forecast is for very bad weather which could have an effect on the golf course,” he said.