Mullins Gallops Home
George Mullins entered the winners enclosure again with a very consistent performance over the delightful Royal Ascot course with a 7 under par total to win by a single shot from Tom Shadbolt.
On the first day, Royal Ascot proved to be a fitting backdrop to a superb round of golf by Ben Amor (Marlborough GC), who scorched around the Berkshire course in a 7 under par 63 to set a new course record and establish a 3 shot lead over Matt Mumford (Wrag Barn GC) and George Mullins (Langley Park GC).
With several players on par or better, including the amateur, Alfredo Curbishley (The Wisley), on 3 under, looking to close the gap on the leaders, it promised to be an exciting second days play and with the weather set fair it could again prove to be a low scoring classic.
Another stunning day greeted the players at Royal Ascot Golf club and it had all the hallmarks of an exciting climax as Amor would try to fend off any attacks from the chasing pack and win his first Jamega Pro Golf Tour event.
The second day proved to be a mixture of pleasure for some and pain for others and as the afternoon unfolded it was Tom Shadbolt who was feeling the pleasure of recording a record equalling 7 under par 63 to storm into the clubhouse lead on 6 under.
Shadbolt finished well ahead of the leader’s, courtesy of his one over par 71 on the first day, which had him out and finished over an hour ahead of the leading groups, so he had a nervous wait to enjoy!
Into the back nine the leaders were either treading water, or sinking fast, which was the case for Amor who saw his chances disappear with seven dropped shots over the last 12 holes.
Mullins, however, was keeping his good form of recent months going with an outward nine of 4 under par to establish a comfortable lead over the rest of the field.
But, winning is never easy and Mullins was aware that Shadbolt was sitting in the clubhouse on 6 under par but knew that after birdying the fifteenth he had a 2-shot lead, with 3 holes left to play.
Fate then played her hand and dealt Mullins a nasty bogey on the penultimate hole leaving him having to par the last for the win, never an easy thing to do at any level.
In the end he made par, which meant that Shadbolt was pipped at the post by the resurgent Mullins, who has found the form that had seemingly deserted him last year.
Royal Ascot Golf Club is one of many top-class golf courses in Berkshire but this week the quality of the greens, the condition of the course generally and above all the warm welcome we received put Royal Ascot as the odds-on favourite for a great day’s golf.