Dale Whitnell has finally won again at Hamptworth with a 10 under par total which gave him a 5 shot advantage over Asian Tour player Steve Lewton.
Whitnell now goes to the European Tour Qualifying school Marathon with renewed confidence and to hopefully realise the potential he demonstrated when he was once one of the top amateurs in the country,representing GB&I in the Walker Cup in 2009
Whitnell laid the foundations for his win with a new course record of 7 under par 64 which gave him a 4 shot lead over the eventual runner-up Lewton.
Three players were banked up behind Lewton on 2 under par but with Whitnell in a determined mood and playing some of the best golf since his return to competition, it would difficult for anyone to catch him.
On the second day Whitnell maintained a very healthy lead over the rest of the field with no one able to get close, even though he carded a double bogey 7 on the sixteenth hole known as, “The Beast”.
There was a little excitement in the afternoon when we were treated to a “Thunderbolt and Lightening” show at midday but it only delayed play for an hour.
Whitnel finally tapped in for a solid birdie on the last for a really comfortable win over Lewton, who now returns to The Asian Tour while Witnell prepares for stage one at Q School.
The Hamptworth club is very well worth a visit, set on the edge of the New Forest on the Wiltshire Dorset border, it presents you with a well prepared and fair test of golf and also a comfortable clubhouse where you can get good food, served up by enthusiastic staff.
Our final tournament of 2016 is next week at The Shire London and it is the last chance to get your 2017 membership for £75 and play for a guaranteed £10,500 Prise fund regardless of numbers next year