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The Real ‘G-Mac’ Secures First Major of the 2013 Season
The first Major of the Golf Days UK Norfolk Tour 2013 was held at Eaton Golf Club in Norwich after the scheduled event at Royal Cromer was rained off. 44 players took to the course on a cool and blustery May afternoon and it was Gordon ‘The Real G-Mac’ Maclean who scooped the first prize and ever valuable enhanced Order of Merit points.
Armed with GameBook scoring – a live scoring system to show each player where they stand in the field at any given time during the round – some quality golf was being played on the tight Parkland course. Maclean, playing in the third group, hit the top of the leaderboard during the back nine and was able to set the clubhouse lead at 37 points. Many players joined Maclean at the top of the leaderboard but faded over the last few holes, especially with the majority of the field struggling on the long par 4 18th.
The live leaderboard was being shown in the clubhouse and the early finishers enjoyed watching their positions change as scores were updated from around the course and it was Bruce McQuade who caused a real stir by joining Maclean at the top of the leaderboard with one hole to play. McQuade, playing in his first event, could only manage a double bogey six at the 18th to hand the victory to Maclean.
A number of players returned 34 points to make a tie for third place, but Roger Wood came out on top with a best countback score. Nearest the pins were won by past tour champions Randy Reynolds (9th) and Dean Ashton (11th).
As this was a Major event, the Order of Merit points were enhanced. The top spot received 125 OoM points and all final placing received more than the regular points awarded at event. This was also the fifth event of the 2013 tour and with fifteen players having played all five events the leaderboard is starting to take shape – the top fifteen players at the end of the year all qualify for the Grand Final at the prestigious Sheringham Golf Club in November. Adam Saunders still heads the leaderboard, but with four regular events and a Major to play, anyone can still secure the top spot and bag themselves a custom fit set of irons from tour sponsor, Chris Potter Golf.
The next event on the Norfolk Tour is at Costessey Park on Friday 21st June. You can sign up for the event by clicking here
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