Friday, August 22, 2014


Hampshire pair tame the course that Jack built
Mark Treleaven and Jonathan Barnes tamed the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at St Mellion today to set up a dramatic climax to the PGA Four-ball Championship.
The duo from Hampshire completed the second round of a course renowned for its difficulty and capacity to punish wayward shots in 61 – an astonishing 11-under-par.
Not only is that the best round of the £33,250 event by some distance, it sees them sharing pole position with defending champions Jason Levermore and Andrew Pestell on 14-under.
Levermore and Pestell, the overnight leaders, looked to have strengthened their chances of retaining the title by posting a six-under-par 66 for the second round in conditions Levermore described as more testing than on day one.
“It was trickier today,” he said. 

“The wind made it a bit harder and it was little bit cooler as well so the ball wasn’t going as far as it did yesterday.”
The manner in which Treleaven and Barnes performed, however, suggests a tempest would have been hard put to blow them off course, especially the former.
Treleaven, the head PGA Professional at Hayling Golf Club, accounted for five of the duo’s nine birdies and weighed in with an eagle at the par five seventh.
Having started on the tenth, the eagle came at the 16th hole of their round and was the highlight of a birdie-laden inward nine.

“We were four-under on the front nine,” said Treleaven. “But it really came together on the back nine. I shot seven-under on the back nine and, to be honest, I left a few shots out there on the front nine. It’s a tough course and you have to hit the ball straight, which I did.”
Treleaven and his partner, the head PGA Professional at Lee-on-The-Solent Golf Club, will be paired with Levermore and Pestell in the final round in what could be viewed as a duel for the £5,500 winner’s cheque.
However, with just five strokes spanning the top eight pairs the tournament remains anything but a two-cornered contest.
Nottinghamshire pair  Andrew Willey and Kevin Crossland, on 13-under, are the best placed of the challengers to the leading pair while St Mellion’s Ross Whitelock and Paul Hendriksen (Dinnaton) two strokes further back carry West Country hopes.

Par 144 (2x72)
130 Jason Levermore (Channels) and Andrew Pestell (Chelmsford) 64 66;
Mark Treleaven (Hayling) and Jonathan Barnes (Lee-on-The-Solent) 69 61
131 Andrew Willey (Bulwell Forest) and Kevin Crossland (Worksop) 66 65

133 Ross Whitelock (St Mellion) and Paul Hendriksen (Dinnaton) 67 66                              
134 James Whatley (Morley Hayes) and Ian Walley (Kedleston Park) 66 68

135 Dean Hibbert (Horsley Lodge) and Kevin Taylor (Brailsford) 68 67, James Jankowski (Essenden) and Michael Moore (Pinner Hill) 68 67, Grant Slater (Trevose) and Gary Lenaghan (Trevose) 68 67  


140 Ben Clayton and Craig Sutherland (Cherry Lodge) 70 70.   

144 David Broadfoot (Kirkcudbright) and Richard Clark (Direct Golf) 76 68, Ewan Macpherson (Auchterarder) and Sean Bissett (Kingsfield) 72 72, Alan Reid (West Lothian) and Darren Bragg (North London GA) 72 72.
154 Stewart Savage (Dalmuir) and Craig Everett (Caldwell) 75 79. 





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