Kirwan “Rors“ To Victory in Wales
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We arrived at The Vale of Glamorgan Golf and Country Club and immediately contacted Tourist Information to check that we were really in Wales.
The reason for our confusion was because the sun was shining and we had not seen one single sheep!
Day one saw the sun peep over the horizon again and slowly warm the early starters bones and with no wind to speak of it should have proved to be a good day for scoring.
The Wales National Course at The Vale of Glamorgan however is long and tight, an example being the second hole which is a 607 yard par 5 where the players have to walk in single file down the fairway!
As we suspected very few players broke par even with benign conditions prevailing. One who did was the likeable Aussie, Cameron Russell who shot an impressive 4 under par 69 to head the field.
Running him close, came Giuseppe Licata at 3 under the card with Martin Sell and the eventual winner Rory Kirwan lurking menacingly a shot further back at 2 under par.
Darren Prosser, Andrew Richardson, Andrew Cloke and Ernie, sorry, Nico Els kept themselves in the race for the £5,000 first prize at 1 under par.
Chris Brook who was to shoot a level par total for round 1 which included a golden stretch of Eagle, Birdie, Birdie from the 6th still felt he had a chance.
The second day was again sunny but with an interesting breeze blowing, so we looked forward to a great day of exciting golf.
The scoring was actually better than day one, with Bill Hodkin, having shaken off the effects of too many Cream Teas, compiling an impressive 2 under par 71 to see him jump up the leader board and eventually finish joint 7th.
Nick Redfern from The Asian Tour lead for a while carding a solid 3 under par 70 to finish the tournament on 1 under.
Redfern was then joined by Chris Brook who scored a steady 72 to add to his first round 73.
Meanwhile the unassuming Rory Kirwan was munching up the course, the field and eventually the first round leader Cameron Russell with some scintillating golf to shoot a 5 under par final round of 68 which, when added to his first round set him on top of the heap at 7 under.
Kirwan did not have long to wait to be declared the winner as Cameron Russell in the final grouping failed to replicate his superb play from Day 1, finishing 3 shots off the pace but still picking up a cheque for £2500.
Martin Sell also in the last group, missed his 7 footer which would have given him 3rd place alone.
Licata also faded to a final total of 1 under to join Sell, Redfern and Brook in joint 3rd position each winning £975 for their efforts.
Rory Kirwan was a deserved winner who went about his business in a quiet professional manner, taking home a rather large cheque of £5,000.
The facilities at The Vale Resort are second to none, with a very testing Championship Golf Course, a friendly welcoming clubhouse and a Hotel and Spa for all to enjoy.
Our next event at Cumberwell Park is FULL so it’s reserves only.
Our advice to you is get your schedules worked out and enter all your tournaments early or run the risk of not getting a start.