Friday, February 22, 2013


North Berwick's Neil Henderson, pictured above, graduated from Old Dominion University, Viriginia in May last year and has spent a good part of the winter at the family house near Orlando, Florida, practising at Orange County National GC which is a fantastic facility and has hosted a few events on pro mini tours round the area.

Neil, playing as an amateur, secured two third place finishes  and an eighth before playing a two-day event at Lake Jovita Country Club on the West Florida Tour this week.
He finishing 23rd overall with rounds of 75 and 72 for three-over-par 147 and won the leading amateur award.
Says his dad Ian in an E-mail to
"Imagine Neil's surprise when he looked up the draw to find a few familiar names playing: Nick O'Hern, Lee Janzen, Robert Damron, Robert Gamez, Rhys Davies and a few others! A great experience!"

For the record, American Nick Lindheim won the $2,000 first prize with scores of 66-67 for 11-under 133. 
He finished four shots ahead of Nick O'Hern (68-69) and Zack Byrd (67-70) who each earned $900.
Robert Gamez (70-71) and Lee Janzen (72-69) tied for fifth place on 141
Sean Jacklin, son of Tony whose name is linked with the Western Florida Tour, e.g. the Tony Jacklin Western Florida Tour, finishedT14 on 144 (73-71).
Neil Henderson had the satisfaction of finished three shots ahead of former Walker Cup player and past European Tour member, Welshman Rhys Davies who scored 79-71 for 150 and T29 position in a field of 42 players.    
Neil is playing in three  amateur events on the US Amateur circuit in Florida and South Carolina before returning to Scotland in mid-April for the start of the Scottish season.

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