Royal Win For McQuade
The sixth event of the 2016 Golf Days UK Norfolk Tour was hosted by Royal Norwich Golf Club on Friday 17th June. 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 13:00. Early leaders included Phil Sayer – who hit his opening tee shot on the par 3 first two feet beyond the hole – two time winner Josh Weeds and Royal Norwich member, Bruce McQuade.
As the round progressed, it looked at two horse race between McQuade and Weeds. Both players finding plenty of birdies over the first 8 holes. Weeds failed to score on the short 9th and with three birdies in a row, McQuade sat firmly at the top of the leaderboard with a score of 21 points through 9 holes from his handicap of 2.
The par 5 10th hole provided a bit of trouble for the leader, but with McQuade dropping a shot the glimmer of hope to the rest of the field was soon quashed after a string of pars to finish his round and claim his first event of the 2016 season.
There was a four way tie for second spot with Josh Weeds, Phil Sayer, Chris Ingram and Joshy Ring all returning scores of 35 points. With a superb back nine score of 20 points it was Chris Ingram who took second spot and Josh Weeds third.
The all important nearest the pin winners were Phil Sayer and Mark Sizer. 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, Chris Ingram now heads the Order of Merit by one point from Dylan Green. A further point back is Adam Saunders and then there is gap to the rest of the field. With a players ‘best five’ scores counting and with a quality field of players, the 2016 version of the Norfolk Tour looks to be the closest yet.
The ‘Final Five’ series has 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.
To view the full scores on the GDScore interactive leaderboard from the day, click here
You can view the photos from the day here
The next event is the second Major of the season at Royal Cromer Golf Club. To enter this event click here