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Wellings off to a winning start in the Race to Stoke Park
Golf Days UK launched their new Surrey Tour at The Drift Golf Club where players battled it out to claim the first title. The recent wet weather had saturated the course and had threatened to halt proceedings earlier in the week but with full greens and blue skies above it was looking promising at the start of the day. Twenty two players attended the opening event and despite the soft ground many scored well. Two of these were in the opening group, Kevin Wellings and Donald McLeod. Both got off to a flying start by amassing 20 stablepoints each after 9 holes playing off the same ¾ handicap of 11. They fought toe to toe throughout their back nine but it was Wellings that came back strongest with 18 points against McLeod’s 17. So with 38 and 37 points posted early on it was a tough challenge for the rest of the field to rise to.
Up stepped Duncan Mackie, off in the second group notching up 37points off his ¾ handicap of 8 and shortly followed by Chris Dowrick also with 37 points playing off 8. An excellent standard of golf for the conditions and there was more to come with Dave Sclater playing in the final group also returning a score of 37 points. Therefore the runner up positions had to be decided on countback. With 20 points on his back 9 Chris Dowrick claimed second spot and third went to Duncan Mackie, determined in the end only by the score on the final hole which put Dave Sclater into fourth.
Despite the close competition Kevin Wellings held off the rest and his early score was the one that secured him the first victory on the tour. He chose a pair of Adidas Powergrind Golf shoes as his prize and also receives a pair of Loudmouth trousers of his choice. Second and third place finishers also received prizes from the selection provided by Chris Potter Golf. There were two nearest the pin prizes awarded to Dave Sclater and Paul Bugdale for their excellent approaches to the 11th and 16th holes.
Every player at The Drift earned themselves order of merit points to go towards their total for the year. The player who accumulates the best five merit point scores after 10 events will win themselves a set of custom fit irons and the top fifteen in the table qualify for the final at Kingswood Golf Club. The winner of the final is crowned Golf Days UK Surrey Tour Champion 2013 and claims a nights stay and two rounds of golf for two at The World Famous Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire as their prize.
To see the full the full order of merit leaderboard, following the opening event click on the link below. The next event on the Surrey Tour is 15th March at Lingfield Park click here for more details and to sign up.