Speyer Loves a Triple
Tom Speyer made it a third win in just a few weeks at Aldwickbury Park, with a narrow one shot victory over Zane Scotland and four others.
Scotland, with a 5 under par 66, established a narrow one shot lead over Louis Hirst and David James, with eventual winner Tom Speyer and Jay Taylor a shot further back.
Looking at the scoring from the first day it seemed that the back nine on the final day would prove to be pivotal in producing a winner.
Scotland seemed to be cruising towards the finishing line when he got to 9 under par thanks to a blistering run in the middle of the front nine of an Eagle and 2 Birdies but then he gave back 2 shots on the eighth and ninth,
This still had Scotland a couple of shots clear of Speyer and James and with the difficult back nine to come the tournament was still wide open with a lot of players still in the mix.
The 2 bogeys that Scotland closed out the back nine with seemed to stay with him as he then gave more shots away with bogeys on the Eleventh, Thirteenth and Fifteenth.
Speyer, in the penultimate group, was also having his troubles and almost got derailed with a triple bogey 7 on the par 4 Eleventh, but Speyer didn’t panic and birdied the next 2 holes to settle himself and stay in the fight on 4 under par.
Suddenly, with a birdie at the fifteenth David James unexpectedly found himself one shot in the lead but then he almost immediately relinquished it with a bogey on the Seventeenth.
Scotland then re took the lead with Birdie on the Sixteenth but it didn’t last long as Speyer Birdied the Seventeenth to join him on 5 under par.
Speyer made a comfortable par at the last and waited to see if he was to be in a play-off for the second week in a row and with Scotland in the middle of the fairway that looked like a distinct possibility.
A slightly tugged second shot by Scotland saw his ball finish left of the green leaving him with a difficult downhill chip to the pin.
His over hit chip rolled on and on and finished some 12 feet from the hole, so it was a do or die putt that Scotland had to hole to join Speyer in a play-off but it failed to drop and left a delighted Speyer as a back to back winner.
It was testimony to Speyer that he refused to panic after his damaging triple bogey on the Eleventh and gathered his thoughts to finish strongly and win, so it just goes to prove that you should never give up.
Aldwickbury Park was in excellent condition as usual thanks to all the Green Keeping staff and with the cheery clubhouse staff to look after your catering needs, it is a great place to enjoy a day’s golf.