Dixon is Back to his Best
David Dixon finally broke a spell of finishing runner up with a sparkling performance to win at the beautifully prepared Aldwickbury Park Golf Club near Harpenden.
After the first round, Dixon was 3 shots off the pace set jointly by Simon Griffiths and Dale Whitnell who both equalled the existing course record of 7 under par. Craig Hinton lay one shot back on 6 under with Patrick Blunt on 5 under the card.
In the group on 4 under par were six players that included multiple winner Jamie Abbott and the very talented sixteen-year-old Korean, Min Kyu Kim who is rapidly making a name for himself in the golfing world.
In the second and final round, Dixon swept through the front nine in 4 under par to lead by one from Abbott who has been his nemesis over the past few weeks.
Meanwhile the two leaders fell away over the front nine and would have to play catch-up over the last nine holes but with the very experienced Dixon and Abbott leading the race it would be a tough ask.
Abbott did himself no favours with a bogey on the tenth and another on the fourteenth whilst Dixon, despite bogeying the thirteenth, maintained his lead and settled the duel with Abbott extracting birdies from the fifteenth and seventeenth.
Having set the clubhouse target of 9 under par Dixon had to wait for the final group to finish before the outcome could be finalised and with Whitnell needing to birdie the last to force a play-off, the result was still uncertain.
Whitnell fired in a great second shot to within some 6 feet of the cup giving himself a great chance of the birdie he required to tie Dixon.
Faced with a very quick downhill putt he decided to try and force it into the cup in order to take out any break, but the plan failed and he missed, sending the ball a good 5 feet past and then proceeded to miss the return to drop back into a tie for second with Abbott.
A delighted Dixon also won a free season of starts on the 2016/2017 Portugal Pro Golf Tour worth some £4,500.
To a man the players heaped praise on the golf course which was a fitting accolade for course manager and head green keeper Craig Betts and his staff who worked from dawn to dusk preparing the course.
The greens were in stunning condition and at one point they were running between 12 and 13 on the stimp meter, Ken Brown, who designed the greens, would have been delighted!
Anyone looking to have a day’s golfing could do a lot worse than going to Aldwickbury Park, where you will play one of the best courses in the south of England and be greeted by friendly and accommodating staff in the spacious clubhouse.