Weeds Secures Back to Back Victories
The fifth event of the 2016 Golf Days UK Norfolk Tour was hosted by Bawburgh Golf Club on Friday 27th May. Conditions were pleasant with sunny spells and the course was in the fantastic order, ready for the strong field of players to do battle for all important Order of Merit Points and top prizes from Nike Golf and official sponsors Loudmouth.
Armed with GDScore Live Golf Scoring – which enables players to see how they stand in the field at any point on the course – the first groups took to the course at 13:30. Early leaders included Bawburgh members, Justin Fordham, Adam Saunders and Chris Ingram. Ingram made a string of pars early on to sit at the top of the leaderboard with Saunders who also had a hot start to his round.
As the round progressed, the wind picked up and the back nine was playing much tougher than the opening nine holes. The leaders started to come back to field and at one point there was a six way tie for the lead on +1. Making his way through the field was previous event winner, Josh Weeds. Weeds produced a solid back nine and managed to post a score of +1 to hold the clubhouse lead on countback.
Focus soon turned to the later starters which included Saunders and with one hole to play a par would have secured him his first win of the season. Saunders could only manage a double bogey six at the final hole to finish at +2 and miss out on the prizes.
Three players were tied on +1 – Josh Weeds, Justin Fordham and Iain Yule. With a back nine score of 18, Weeds secured another win from Ian Yule and Justin Fordham.
The all important nearest the pin winners were Dean Ashton and Steven Holmes. By winning a nearest the pin, both players are automatically entered into the end of season ‘wildcard shootout’ to grab the final spot at the Grand Final should they not qualify through the Order of Merit.
After five events, Adam Saunders leads the way in the Order of Merit. As more players play their required five rounds we do expect the OoM to change as the season reaches its climax over the next few months.
The ‘Final Five’ series will also now come into play. Those players that don’t qualify from the season long OoM will have a second chance through the final five events – a players best three OoM points from the final five events will open up four more spots at the Grand Final at The Shire London at the end of October.
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