Harris makes Mid Kent win number four



Winning his second event in two days, Jamie Harris (Nevill) shot a terrific five-under-par 65 to take the Mid Kent Pro-Am title by three shots.

Harris’s stellar performance enabled him to cruise past the three-under-par 68s of the following pack, comprising Steven Green (Micros Golf), James Ablett (Lee-on-the-Solent) and Benn Barham (King’s Hill) and earned him another cool £1,000.

One-over-par after two holes after three putting the second, Harris didn’t get the start he wanted, but a birdie charge followed on the third, fourth and fifth to get him right back in the hunt. Another birdie on the eighth saw him on three-under-par at the turn.

Harris nearly managed to undo all his good work with a double bogey on the 10th to drop back into the pack at one-under-par, but he bounced back with a stunning birdie three at the short 11th, and a birdie two at the 13th to get back to three-under.

Harris made his final move on the last three holes, making a terrific birdie two on the 16th and then a birdie four on the 17th, with a good par on the final hole to wrap things up.

Harris was delighted to make the most of his good form once more.

“It was the best I’ve putted all year,” he said, “but today that meant getting the approach putts close. The greens were unbelievably fast, apparently about 11 on the stimp meter according to their Captain, and with the strong wind and the sloping surfaces, putting was key to making a good score.”

He continued: “The wind was at least two clubs strong and blew at an angle on every hole, which with my fade made the holes where it was blowing from the left a bit tricky. But I drove well enough, and although it was really difficult to judge the second shots, I made them all count and managed to putt well.

“The double bogey was a shame, and it was simply because although I hit a good tee shot, I didn’t quite reach the dogleg. The next shot just clipped the last overhanging branch and ricocheted behind the tree, so that meant chipping out, a wedge to the green and two putts for a six.

“But now that I am playing a lot less than in the past, I’ve accepted that my golf will be a bit inconsistent and to make the most when it’s going well for me. Anyway, I’m certainly looking forward to the next few events!”

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