Marcus Sewell took a massive step into his professional golfing life when he held his nerve to win his first pro event by 2 shots from Paul Kinnear at Hamptworth Golf Club yesterday.
A very benign day greeted the players on the first day and it was anticipated that the scoring would be pretty low, however the fast running greens and some tricky pins kept the scoring at a modest level.
Sewell and Kinnear led after the first round with solid 5 under par 66’s with Liam Robinson tucked in one shot behind, on 4 under.
Wiltshire’s own Matt Mumford, Sean Towndrow, Sam Boyes and the promising young amateur Peter Baeg were all grouped together on 3 under par with a good chance of being in the mix at the end.
Sewell made a blistering start covering the front nine holes in 5 under par to stretch out a 2-shot lead over Kinnear, but he had been in this position before and knew that there were still hurdles to overcome. Winning is never easy.
It was Mumford and Towndrow, in the penultimate group who each posted 7 under par totals to establish the clubhouse lead but with Sewell and Kinnear battling it out over the closing holes it would not be a wining total.
As the final group headed to the eighteenth and final hole, Sewell held a slender one-shot lead over Kinnear who had just birdied the seventeenth to Sewell’s bogey and so all the pressure was on the shoulders of young Sewell.
Kinnear had the opportunity to test Sewell with a birdie chance on the last but his effort just slid past, leaving Sewell with 2 putts for the win but he only needed the one and that sealed a 2-shot victory and a well-deserved cheque for £3,000, but the biggest reward for Sewell was being able to finish the job, and win.
Sewell will now hopefully use his victory as a launch pad to join other Jamega first timers, like Andrew Johnston and Tyrrell Hatton on the European Tour.
The Hamptworth Golf Club is very well worth a visit, set at the edge of the New Forest on the Wiltshire Dorset border, it presents you with a well prepared and fair test of golf. There is also a comfortable clubhouse where you can get excellent food, served up by enthusiastic staff.
Just a reminder that if you played Hamptworth, or intend to play either The Shire or Old Fold Manor you can claim your 2018 Jamega Tour membership for just £50. This can be paid via the website or at either of the last two venues.