10 Aug 18
Glyn Krause and Richard Coleman proved there is no place like home in winning the PGA Super 60s Championship at Wollaton Park Golf Club.
Krause is a PGA Professional at the club, which is a three-wood or two distant from Nottingham city centre, while Coleman, his amateur partner in the better ball competition, is a member.
So inevitably they were the best supported of the 74 pairs competing for a portion of the £10,000 prize fund of which £1,250 went to the winner.
But just as they were not given an easy passage to victory thanks to the obduracy of defending champions John Hay and Rob Dennett as well as Brian McKee and David Carter, neither were their supporters.
They had to live on their nerves until the last shot of the tournament when Coleman held his to drain a six-foot putt to clinch victory.
Prior to that Coleman (above) had executed a tricky chip from off the green in what was an action replay of a scenario that had not gone well a fortnight beforehand.
“I was faced with the same shot then,” Coleman recalled, “and I put the ball in the bunker in front of me."
All of which suggests local knowledge did play a part in their victory
“I think it helped us on the greens somewhat,” admitted Krause.
"But Richard’s putting was so good it was like playing with Jordan Speith. I was just riding on his coat tails, I really was.
“My overall score today was better than yesterday but Richard played so well my contribution didn’t matter that much.
“In fairness, you’re more comfortable playing at home. You know the yardage and undulations.
“And Richard had been in that exact situation of the 18th a couple of weeks ago and he made a bit of a hash of it. This time he made a great up and down from a tough position having learnt from his experience.”
Reflecting on his tournament-winning putt, Coleman, who plays off 11, said: “We were told on the 18th tee that two teams were on 14-under and they would have beaten us on count back.
“So we knew one of us had to make a birdie. I thought the putt was dead straight, soI hit it straight and hoped for the best.”
In addition to Coleman’s coup de grace, the Wollaton Park duo were indebted to posting a seven-under-par round of 64 on day one.
Not only did that earn them a share of pole position with Peter Dolan and Chris Boden, it also gave them a crucial two-shot advantage over Hay and Dennett and McKee and Carter.
In the event, the defending champions pipped McKee and Carter on count back after both posted nine-under-par rounds of 62 to finish on 14-under.
However, the best round of the day and the tournament, 10-under, came from Scottish husband and wife pair Duncan and Lynne Williamson, the respective PGA pro and amateur from Kirkhill Golf Club near Glasgow.
Meanwhile, another Scot, retired PGA Professional Iain Clark (right above) and his amateur partner, Englishman Colin Day (left above) from Hagley Golf Club in Worcestershire, celebrated a memorable double.
Having won the Super 60s Championship at Forest Pines in 2007, the pair were victorious in the Superb 70s tournament which runs in tandem with the main event. Moreover, finishing on 11-under-par, they were just four shots behind the eventual champions.
The tournament, played on a course that, all competitors agreed, was is superb condition, also featured three holes-in-one on the second day.
Barrie Stevens, a PGA pro at Beau Desert in Staffordshire, aced the par-three eighth, as did amateur Jim Stabler from Scraptoft Golf Club.
The feat was also achieved on the par-three 126 yard second by Chester Jervis, a retired PGA pro who owned Colchester Golf Range.
Commenting on his achievement, he said: “This is my third hole-in-one. I was in my twenties when I had the other two I didn’t expect to have another one at my time of life. I’m 72 now.
“I used an eight-iron and over-clubbed slightly. My partner took a nine, I took an easy eight. It pitched on the front of the green and disappeared. I thought it had gone through the green. I didn’t see it go in. Amazing!
“It’s definitely the highlight of the week for me, especially as we have’t got a great score. Even so, I always enjoy this event. The greens have been superb and it’s been a lovely couple of days playing and meeting old friends. I hope we play here again.”
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