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Goude Holds On To Take Essex Tour as Lakhani Grabs Second Spot
Stock Brook Golf Club in Billericay was the host venue to the final of the Essex Tour 2012 and on a cold and grey November day, it was all to play for with four players able to win the fantastic overall prizes.
At the start of play, Nigel Goude held a three point lead over John Dunn, with Dave Parry a further four points behind, but very much in the mix to be crowned champion. Kamal Lakhani was competing in his fifth event and a score of 34 points would tie Goude at the top of the leaderboard should Goude fail to improve on his best five scores.
Goude, Dunn and Parry went out in the last grouping, knowing any of them could win. Parry and Dunn suffered under the pressure and faded through the front nine, with Goude playing his usual steady golf and after nine holes it only looked like one winner. Lakhani, playing in the penultimate group, had other ideas and after nine holes had 18 points and was looking a threat to overtake Goude to win the tour.
As the back nine was played, both Goude and Lakhani ran into some trouble, leaving a tense last hole. Lakhani had to birdie the par five eighteenth to tie Goude at the top of the overall leaderboard and knowing that Goude was unlikely to improve further, the chance of a playoff to decide to the tour winner looked a real possibility. Lakhani found the greenside bunker with his second shot and only managed to play his sand shot to twenty feet. Lakhani knew he had to make the putt and gave it every chance but rolled the ball three foot past which he then holed with conviction to put himself into the tour runner up position. Goude watched on from the fairway and he thought Lakhani had made the birdie, but was unaware that his position at the top of the leaderboard was safe.
Meanwhile, John Dunn, who started the day in the second place in the leaderboard, had managed to put a few points together on the back nine and was in contention to regain his second spot. Dunn had to par the eighteenth to tie Lakhani for the second spot and gave himself the opportunity to do so by playing a great pitch shot to fifteen feet. Dunn slid his putt past the hole and Lakhani’s runner up spot was confirmed.
As the winner of the 2012 Essex Tour, Goude has won a golf break to the World Famous Stoke Park Country Club in Buckinghamshire for two people. Runner Up, Lakhani bagged himself a set of custom fit irons from Chris Potter Golf.
The 2013 Essex Tour starts in February, to view the schedule please click here