Henry plays it Smart at Luton Hoo [UPDATED - GALLERY]
Henry Smart led the Luton Hoo tournament from start to finish with an excellent display of golf over this superb bunker free golf course in Bedfordshire.
Smart shared the lead after the first day with James Adams with both players shooting 7 under par rounds of 66.
Rumayne Stevens and Michael Saunders sat one shot further back on 6 under par and they headed
After the glorious weather of the first day the forecast was not looking so rosy for the second, with electrical activity predicted to arrive later in the day.
There was a dramatic start made to the final round by Smart, Adams and Stevens in the final group with Adams taking over the lead with a birdie at the first to Smart’s double bogey and that gave Adams a 2 shot lead going to the second tee.
Although Stevens bogeyed the first he was now level with Smart and with several players beating up the front nine holes the leaders were under pressure from the very start.
Smart immediately rectified the situation with birdies at the second and third and 2 more at the seventh and eighth saw him out in 34 and nine under for the event.
Stevens closed out the front nine with 4 birdies in 5 holes to join Smart and Adams, who was just playing steady golf, also hit the turn on nine under par.
Mark laskey butted into proceedings, reaching the turn in 5 under par to join the three leaders on nine under but his challenge rather fizzled out over the back nine and he remained at that number but never the less it was a strong contender for at least a play-off.
Smart took over the lead with a birdie on the eleventh and another on the sixteenth saw him reach 11 under for the tournament and with Stevens running out of gas and Adams taking a double bogey on the seventeenth Smart had the luxury of a 2 shot lead playing the last.
A bogey at the final hole was enough to give Smart his well-deserved first win on The Jamega Pro Golf Tour, just edging out a disappointed Mark Laskey who had played tremendous golf over the two days.
There was a lengthy delay for the predicted electrical activity but the players remained patient and to everyone’s credit the tournament got completed, just in time.
So, Henry Smart has taken the first step on the road towards a free season playing on The Algarve Pro Golf Tour as he heads up the third Mini Order of Merit but with 3 more events still to play, the prize, which is worth over £4,000, is still up for grabs.
Luton Hoo hosted a very successful Pro-Am that preceded the tournament and everyone enjoyed the well prepared golf course and the palatial surroundings that they were treated too.