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Lloyd Kennedy, who started his Tournament Career with Jamega as a 19 year old who's since progressed on up the ladder, to play the Challenge Tour returns to take the Selsdon win, by 2 shots.
Lloyd Kennedy returns to his roots after two years to win at Selsdon Park.
“I love Selsdon Park more than Augusta”, these are the words of winner Lloyd Kennedy who returned to play with us after a 2 year break playing The Challenge Tour to take the first prize of £5,000 from a high quality field which included current Senior Tour and the main European Tour players.
A parched and fast running Selsdon Park with a strict par of 70 presented the players with a stern test of character and ability. James Scade passed the test with flying colours carding a first round 64 to set the pace at 6 under par. Hanging onto Scade’s coat tails was European Tour regular Lee James who crafted a solid 5 under 65 to lead the chasing pack. A group of five players sat on 66 waiting to pounce including Tom Whitehouse, who was playing with us during a break from the main Tour, Francis McGuirk, Steve Surry, James Ablett and former European Tour winner Mark Mouland who is honing his game ready for a tilt at the Champions Tour in the U.S.
The second day was sunny and with light winds and for any of the players “on their game” it was made for going low! Sam Robinson went on a birdie harvest, plucking seven of them from the course, to pack into a blemish free card of 63 which propelled Robinson into the prize fund after a lack-lustre first round 72.
On the course it had all the hallmarks of a play-off with the leaders bunched up on around 6 under par. Dan Brooks broke the deadlock and jumped into the lead with a run of four birdies in five holes from the eleventh to elevate him to 8 under. As Brooks birdied the Eleventh, Kennedy, was rueing a bogey on the same hole which dropped him back into the pack on 5 under. A little annoyed, to say the least, Kennedy then reeled off 5 birdies on the spin to spread-eagle the field and set a formidable target of 10 under par 130. Brooks parred in to end on 8 under and finish second with James Ablett, who carded his second 66 of the tournament, each of them winning £2000. Surry’s challenge failed to materialise and he bogied the last two to finish in third place on 7 under par and win £1,000.
Just a mention for Carl Watts, a Challenge Tour winner from the Nineties, who also lost in a playoff but for the European Tour, 1997 B.M.W Open despite scoring 24 under par! After a decade out of tournament golf, Carl dusted off his old Persimmons and shot a very creditable total of 140 to finish tied 27th on level par.
Selsdon Park is a traditional type of golf course set in spectacular surroundings and offers a fair challenge to golfers of all standards.
We are anticipating a strong and large field for Gatton Manor next week so if you want to play against the best, enter as soon as possible or risk missing out.