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Marlborough Golf Club Championship sees new course record

Club Captain Bryan Arthur presents championship trophy to Jez TomlinsonClub Captain Bryan Arthur presents championship trophy to Jez TomlinsonThe recent Club Championship at Marlborough Golf Club saw Jez Tomlinson set a new course record of 64 on the Saturday of the competition. His round included eagles at the ninth, twelfth and thirteen.

He followed this with a 74 on the Sunday giving him a two-round total of 138 and a clear win.

Some distance back on 150 was 16 year-old Jamie Amor, brother of Ben Amor who recently won the England Under-18 Boys Championship.

Don Seaman was third on 152. The day also saw David Lewis, fresh from almost winning the County Seniors Championship, hit a hole in one on the eighth.

For the Ladies, Karen Gosling again ruled supreme with a gross total of 155, twelve shots clear of her nearest rival Natasha Chapman.

The Championship weekend raised £1125 for various charities and was greatly helped by the sponsorship of Callaway and Fullers. 

 

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Golf: Ben Amor’s triumph in international not enough for an England victory

Ben Amor, Marlborough Golf Club’s Junior Captain, was in fine form last week at Forest Pines in Lincolnshire for the 2013 Boys Home International.

Chosen to represent England for the first time, he was competing in a round-robin tournament for England Boys against Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

After his earlier success in taking the England under 18 Boys’ title, he continued his winning ways with victory in his three foursome matches followed by victories in all three of his singles matches.

Partnered with Harry Ellis of Meon Valley, they proved to be a formidable combination winning all three foursomes.

Ben’s sixth win of the tournament came in the singles on the final afternoon when he defeated Scotland’s George Burns 4 & 2. He was the only player to win all six matches.

The England players were aiming to take the trophy for the third successive year. However, despite Ben’s efforts it was not to be.

They lost out to Ireland who took the trophy for the first time since 2006.

It is proving to be a busy time for Ben. He now moves onto Royal Liverpool to take part in the Boys Amateur Championship next week. The Championship will feature a 252-strong field of the best boy golfers from around the world.



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Marlborough Golf Club: results of 2013 Junior Open

The competition had a record entry of 47 boys and girls from golf clubs in the Marlborough area and beyond.

The Thistle Trophy for the best gross score was won by Jack Seaman (Wrag Barn) with 75.  Second was Jamie Amor (Marlborough) with 76.  Third was Lee Cowan (Marlborough) with 76.  Jamie Amor clinched second place with a better score on the back nine.

Freddie’s Cup (named after the Club’s much-loved patron Freddie Boardman) is presented for the best nett score.  It was won by Oli Morris (Marlborough) with 65 off a 25 handicap (winning on count back).  Second was Edward Faulkner (Marlborough) with 65 off a 26 handicap. Third was James Webb (Ogbourne Downs) with 69 off an 18 handicap.  

The best girl’s score in this competition was Natasha Chapman’s 72 nett off a 10 handicap.

Alexandra Feltham (Salisbury and South Wilts GC) won the nearest the pin competition at the fifth hole.

The putting competition was shared by James Webb (Ogbourne Downs) and Henry Palmer (Salisbury & South Wilts) – both with 16 for 9 holes.

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Marlborough Golf Club’s Ben Amor wins international under-18s championship

Ben Amor (copyright Leaderboard Photography)Ben Amor (copyright Leaderboard Photography)The England Golf’s prestigious Carris Trophy has been won by Marlborough Golf Club’s Ben Amor.  The 72 hole, stroke play competition is open to boy amateur golfers of all nationalities who are under-18 at the beginning of the year.

Ben is the elder son of Simon Amor, Marlborough Golf Club’s resident professional. Ben was a former pupil at St John's Academy and has just finished a two year course studying at Filton College in Bristol. His brother Jamie is still at St John's.

Ben is Marlborough Golf Club's Juniors' Captain.  His victory earns him the title 'English Boy Champion'.

For the second successive year, extra holes were required on the fourth day of the championship to decide the Carris Trophy at West Lancashire Golf Club. In the three-way, two hole play-off Ben Amor came up trumps to secure the biggest win of his young career.

Ben had finished tied on 286, two under par, with Italy’s Renato Paratore and Jamie Li from Bath. Paratore was eliminated with a bogey five after an errant drive at the par four tenth, which left a head-to-head battle between the two West Country boys.

At the short 17th, the second playoff hole, Li missed the green with his tee shot and took three more to get down for bogey while a solid par was enough to see Amor home.

Ben Amor congratulated by his mother (copyright Leaderboard Photography)Ben Amor congratulated by his mother (copyright Leaderboard Photography)“I’m in shock but this win means a lot,” said Amor.  “Words can’t describe it, but it is special. It was nice to win it at the 17th because it would have been a little difficult going down the 18th again. Jamie Li is a fine player and hit some quality shots, but I suppose everything clicked for me at the right time.”

Amor began the day tied with Paratore and fellow Italian Lorenzo Scalise but after an eagle at the second and a birdie at the fifth he had opened a three-shot advantage. He turned in 34 and was still in charge.

But he faltered on the homeward stretch with three bogeys in the last seven holes and while Paratore wasn’t setting the course on fire, the gap closed and the Italian drew level with a birdie-two at 17.

 

They were tied with one to play but neither could land the knockout blow. Although both had birdie chances on the final green before signing for 73s and then finding that Li had set the target with a fine 70 to set up the three-way tie.

After sealing his win, Amor paid tribute to Andy McGeorge, who posted 78 before rushing to Amor’s side to take on caddying duties: “On the 17th in the play-off I wanted to hit a seven iron but Andy convinced me it was an eight.  It worked perfectly and I can’t thank him enough.”

The three-way two hole play-off brought on some nerves: “But having worked so hard on my game and the backing I have received from my parents, it’s nice to see I’m getting some rewards.”

(Thanks to Leaderboard Photography for permission to use the photo.  More Carris Trophy photos here.)

 

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Marlborough Golf Club celebrates success, an anniversary & a new practice ground

Amidst the recent celebrations at Marlborough Golf Club – a new vehicle has appeared.  It’s the club’s golf GOLF CLUB BALL COLLECTOR 800jpgGOLF CLUB BALL COLLECTOR 800jpgball collecting vehicle for its new practice ground.

It’s been an exciting few days for the club: their Juniors’ Captain, Ben Amor, won a prestigious international trophy, it’s their 125th birthday year and they have just opened their new practice ground.

Marlborough Golf Club rents the land for its course on the Common from the Town Council.  The Club is run by the members and is a non-profit organisation.  Effectively it is a charity and has to be open and affordable to the general public.

So its bar – with some of the best views in the area – has a general rather than a club licence.  And the club house serves popular Sunday lunches to all comers.

Les Trute and Simon Amor on one of the practice tee matsLes Trute and Simon Amor on one of the practice tee matsThe new practice ground with eight tee mats is also open to all comers.  A basket of golf balls costs £2 and a bigger basket costs £3.50.  And there’s that machine for collecting the balls with strong protection for its driver in case anyone’s too enthusiastic driving from the practice mats.

This practice ground joins the club’s practice chipping area and putting green as a first rate encouragement to youngsters and more mature golfers alike.

The club has 750 members – of which 80 are women.  It has 70 junior members – of which two are girls.  The membership fee for each adult member includes free golf for one child up to the age of sixteen.  

The Club is currently working on a special offer for junior girl members.  Golf is not considered too cool among teenage girls: “You need a few,” says Les Trute, the club’s general manager, “to encourage a few more.”

The Marlborough's Junior Open Championship has a top prize of a year’s free membership – regardless of where the winner is from.

The  eye-catching club house was opened in 1988 – in time for the centenary celebrations. Two years ago they set out on a three stage modernisation programme.  They’ve achieved all three ambitions: they have proper disabled access; they’ve brought the toilets up to spec; and now they have their properly equipped driving ground.  

Simon Amor is the Club’s resident professional providing individual or group tuition.  The club employs five green staff. The Head Green Keeper is Robin Greaves who before joining Marlborough Golf Club had designed two courses near Bristol and sometimes goes as a consultant to other clubs.

General manager Les Trute describes Greaves as a ‘wizard’ who keeps the grass good and the greens true.

There are 27 golf clubs in Wiltshire and in a survey five years ago the Marlborough Golf Club was named as the friendliest club in the county - by its own members. And that’s a record they are very keen to keep up.

Ladies vice-captain Mandy Cooper tees offLadies vice-captain Mandy Cooper tees offThe Club was founded in 1888 and members are proud of their Victorian heritage.  So much so that on one of July’s hottest days they held a Victorian Ladies day sponsored by Hills – see below for a photograph of the full Victorian turnout.  

The costumes were spectacular – and fines were imposed for any of the ladies who thought their swing might be better without a cartwheel hat or a ground length skirt and removed some of their costume.

The winner of the 18 hole competition was the team of Gwen Stuart, Sue Lyons and Jilly Hunter.

Victorian Ladies' Day at Marlborough Golf Club Victorian Ladies' Day at Marlborough Golf Club

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Call for young golfers

Image courtesy of www.freedigitalphotos.netImage courtesy of www.freedigitalphotos.netEntries are now open for junior golfers from across Wiltshire to take part in the 27th Hills Junior Golf Championships, to be held at Marlborough Golf Club on Thursday, October 25.

 

Mike Hill, the chief executive of Hills Group said : “It is a great day for kids to come along and have some fun on the course. The competition caters for younger and older kids and there are a number of prizes to be won.  We anticipate that the inclusion of golf as an Olympic sport from 2016 will inspire young Wiltshire golfers to take part in this type of competition where they can hone their skills for the future.”



Players aged 10 and over will play the full 18-hole course, whilst those under 10 will play 9 holes.  Entry fees, which include a light meal, are £4.50 for the 18 hole medal and £4.50 for the nine hole medal.  Tee-off will be from 10.30am with prize giving later in the afternoon. 



Those interested in playing can obtain an entry form from Wiltshire golf club pro-shops, download one from Hills website or call Monique Hayes on 01672 518941.  The closing date for entries is Wednesday, October 10.



Notable past winners of the competition who all went on to become professionals include Swindon-based European Tour and past Ryder Cup player David Howell (1991 and 1992), Gary Harris (1989), Gary Haugh (2003) and Richard Scarett (2004 and 2005). 

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