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Brennan winner at Hills Wiltshire Professionals’ Golf Championship

Nick Brennan teeing offNick Brennan teeing offNick Brennan of Tony Valentine Golf Centre was the winner of the 37th Hills Wiltshire Professionals’ Golf Championship held at Marlborough Golf Club on Thursday, July 6.

Brennan scored an overall three under par.

Despite a forecast of heavy rain and thunderstorms, perfect conditions prevailed throughout the day and 19 of Wiltshire’s professional golfers took part in the 36 hole event.

The morning round saw Dan Carter of Upavon GC storm ahead of the field carding seven birdies to post an amazing five under par 67, with Henry Pallas of Upavon GC one under par and Nick Brennan at level par.

As temperatures soared in the afternoon, the competition on the course got tougher and the second round proved challenging for Carter who, despite an eagle on the 9th, had bogeys on six other holes. Pallas was also plagued by bogeys including a double and triple giving him an afternoon round of 76 and third place overall.

Brennan however had found his form and with four birdies and only one bogey, it was all to play for coming down the 18th as he was level with Carter. A fantastic chip onto the green gave Brennan the edge and a birdie putt secured him the title.

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Young Marlborough golf pro Ben Amor secures sponsorship deal with Hills Group

Ben Amor (centre) celebrates his sponsorship deal with The Hills Group chief executive Mike Hill (left) and chairman Alan Pardoe (right)Ben Amor (centre) celebrates his sponsorship deal with The Hills Group chief executive Mike Hill (left) and chairman Alan Pardoe (right)The Hills Group has secured an exciting sponsorship deal with Marlborough golfer Ben Amor as he sets off to play the first rounds of his professional golfing career.

Ben turned professional in February this year after an enviable amateur career which included being crowned County Champion of Champions at Woodhall Spa in 2016, winning the West of England Amateur Championship 2015, representing Great Britain and Ireland three times in the boys’ team against Europe and winning the Carris Trophy in 2013 – to list just a few of his achievements.

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Foster secures win at Hills Wiltshire Professionals’ Golf Championship

Barry FosterBarry FosterBarry Foster of North Wilts Golf Club won the 36th staging of Hills Wiltshire Professionals’ Golf Championship at Marlborough Golf Club yesterday (Thursday).

Perfect conditions prevailed throughout the day and 20 of Wiltshire’s professional golfers took part in the 36 hole event.

After the morning round there were seven players in a good position with Craig Bell of Cumberwell Park GC and Barry Foster joint leaders with one under par, second place was Dan Carter, Upavon GC at level par, third place ties on one over par were Nicholas Brennan, Bowood GC, Charlie Cossins, Ogbourne Downs GC and Henry Pallas, Hamptworth GC.

The first nine holes of the afternoon round saw Foster produce three birdies and Carter two birdies, but Bell dropped out of the running with six bogeys.

Pallas, Cossins and Brennan were one under par, level par and two over par respectively after their first nine holes.

The second nine proved disappointing for Carter after a double bogey on the 16th saw him finish one over par for both the afternoon round and the day.

Foster’s birdie on the 16th gave him a one under par finish for the afternoon round and an overall two under par for the day to secure the title.

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Marlborough Golf Club: new captains drive in & sponsorship extended

L to r: Alex Jewel, Mike Paines, Patrick Shaw & Sue LyonsL to r: Alex Jewel, Mike Paines, Patrick Shaw & Sue LyonsTrish King, the first woman to captain Marlborough Golf Club since it was founded in 1888, has handed over the captaincy to Patrick Shaw.

At Ms King's last supper as captain, Patrick Shaw paid tribute to her hard work during her year and recalled playing-days in the 1980’s when he regularly partnered Charles Whatley, 'a leading light at the club, former captain and all-round perfect gentleman': “He would have been amazed, but immensely proud to know that his daughter would one day be our first female club captain."

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Marlborough Golf Club's Ben Amor makes it an eight-shot victory in the County Championship

Ben Amor with the trophy (Photo: Wiltshire Golf)Ben Amor with the trophy (Photo: Wiltshire Golf)The headline on the official Wiltshire Golf website put it in a nutshell: "Brilliant Ben Magnificent at Marlborough".  But his second win in the County Championship came despite some pretty intense sibling rivalry - Ben's younger brother Jamie came in close behind him in second place.

As Ben told the Marlborough Golf Clubs online journal, Thistle: " I could feel Jamie breathing down my neck after the first round when I struck the ball really well and Jake Boulton [from nearby and rival club Ogbourne Downs] was four under after 27 holes. Actually I didn't play my best in the second round."

Jamie Amor shot a second round 69 to push Jake Boulton into third place - in a field of 71 of the county's best players.

After Ben had seen off brother Jamie, the question arose as to which member of the Amor family was the youngest winner of the County Championship.  Simon Amor - the Marlborough club's professional - won it in 1985 when he was 19.  

When Ben first won it he was 18.

Earlier in the month Marlborough's Jamie Amor and Jez Tomlinson won the 2016 Wiltshire County Foursomes competition at Bowood - but only after a tense three-hole and three-way play-off in the encircling gloom.

Simon Amor coaching St John's students (Photo: Marlborough Golf Club)Simon Amor coaching St John's students (Photo: Marlborough Golf Club)And talking about young players: there used to be a steady flow of younger players wanting to join the club.  But times change and sporting interests change too. So Marlborough Golf Club is on the offensive to attract young players.

They are linking up with local schools and have begun a series of free lessons for students from St John's Academy. Simon Amor and club volunteers are coaching the students once a week and twenty-eight are signed up for two five-week courses.

At then end of the courses they get to test6 their skills on the Boardman Hill short course.  And next on the agenda are some visits to local junior and primary schools.  

The disputed saying "Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man" may need re-writing: "Give a child a putter at seven, and he or she will soon be driving onto the green like a man or women."  Well, nearly...

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