Robertshawe Marches to Victory
Sam Robertshawe, from The Army Golf Club in Aldershot, claimed his maiden professional win at the magnificent Calcot Park in Reading with a stunning second round of 63 which is now the new course record.
However back to the first day’s action at Calcot Park, where we treated to a course in first class condition and although short by modern standards at some 6,300 yards it is no pushover.
This proved to be the case with only 14 players equalling or bettering the strict par of 70 and one of these just happened to be Alex Lodge, Calcot Park’s assistant pro, who was playing in his first professional tournament.
Lodge headed the leader board alongside James Sheffield on four under par but they would have to be aware of the posse of players waiting to ambush them on the second day.
Miles Mackman, Curtis Griffiths and Gary King on 3 under par 68’s were at the head of the pack but hot on their heels came Steve Tooth, Sam Robertshawe and Myles Frost on 2 under par.
A return to chilly autumnal weather heralded the start of the second day and speculation ran riot amongst the members as to whether young Lodge could hold on for a spectacular victory, or would he succumb to the pressure.
Well he certainly had to hold himself together as the news that Robertshawe had reached 9 under par after 12 holes of his final round and leap into the lead on 11 under.
Robertshawe’s nearest challenger, James Sheffield, reached the turn on 7 under par for the tournament but was losing ground rapidly as Robertshawe, playing just in front of Sheffield, played the first 3 hole of his back nine in 4 under par and reach 11 under for the event.
Robertshawe may have realised that just 2 more birdies would give him the golfers dream of a 59 but he unfortunately dropped 2 shots coming in. However that was still good enough for him to win by 3 shots from James Sheffield, who is returning to some form at last.
Calcot Park's, Alex Lodge, played steady golf all day and hung onto third place on 5 under par and he was watched every shot of the way by his Dad, who had just flown in from Portugal.
Our thanks go to the Head Green Keeper, Simon and his team for putting their heart and soul into preparing the course to the highest of standards for our event and we will most certainly be back next year.
The Harry Colt designed Calcot Park course provides a good but fair test of golf to all standards of golfer and you would struggle to find a friendlier and welcoming club to visit on your golfing travels.