Sunday, August 11, 2019

Lincolnshire pro wins two national PGA

tournaments in a week

Stephen Bennett, the head PGA Professional at Waltham
Windmill Golf Club, Lincolnshire, crowned a week to
remember by following up his victory in one national PGA
tournament with another.
Having won the Staysure Trophy in tandem with Waltham
Windmill member Martin Quickfall at the London Golf Club,
Bennett followed suit with a different partner in the PGA
Super 60s Championship at Leeds Golf Centre.
The tournament is contested by a PGA pro and amateur partner, both of whom must be 60
or over, and this time Bennett played alongside Eric Davis, another Waltham Windmill
Davis, a ten-handicapper, was a late call-up for the tournament and Bennett explained:
“My original partner dropped out because of injury a couple of days ago and Eric kindly
agreed to play.
“Which is just as well as his putting in the first round effectively kept us in the tournament.”
That red-hot putter, which fashioned a nett birdie on the par-four 18th, resulted in the pair
posting a three-under-par-round of 69 to be five shots off the lead.
With four duos on five-under and Tony Price and his amateur partner Derek Sanders leading
the chase for the £1,250 winner’s cheque on eight-under, the odds on Bennett claiming a
second tournament triumph in quick succession were long.
Their response was emphatic, however. A better-ball ten-under par round of 62 was the best
 posted in the tournament and, although their 13-under-par total of 131 was matched by PGA
 pro Paul Carrigill and his amateur partner from nearby Moortown Golf Club, David McCarthy,
they prevailed on countback.
This time Bennett, a former European Tour player, proved the pair’s trump card in a round
that featured eight birdies and an eagle at the par-five 15th.
Reflecting on his display, he said: “As well as winning the Staysure Trophy, I qualified for the
last two rounds of the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship last week.
“But I was disappointed because my short game was horrendous. But it was great today.
I played really nicely – I was about eight-under.”
Davis, meanwhile, was still trying to compute not only being catapulted into the final of a
ational competition but also ending up winning it.
“I did not know anything about this until four o’clock on Tuesday afternoon (the day before the tournament),” he recalled.
“I’d captained the club’s seniors for two years and when Steve rang the club up saying his
 partner was injured and could they find someone who was aged 60 or over to play, the
young lady running the pro shop thought of me.
“I had no hesitation in accepting although it’s the first time I’ve ever seen a pro hit a golf ball
 let alone have the pleasure of playing with one.”
Davis will have that pleasure again next year when he and Bennett defend their title, as will
Tom Melville, a PGA pro attached to Alyth Golf Club, Perthshire, and Jim Kinloch, his
amateur partner from Cardross Golf Club.
They won the Superb 70s, the tournament within a tournament for both members of the
 partnership aged 70 or over.
They also won on countback after their nearest rivals and compatriots, Elderslie Golf Club
PGA pro Richie Bowman and Jim Kinloch’s bother, Peter, signed off with a bogey and
double bogey.
Full scores can be accessed via this link:


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