Collins efforts not enough
Golf CHART HILLS UP FOR SALE
Chart Hills youngster Mark Collins was the leading Kent player in Final Open Qualifying at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old former Kent Amateur Champion, appearing at this stage of the competition for the fourth successive year, finished tied 11th after rounds of 74 and 71 for a three-over par total of 145, nine behind winner Matthew Southgate from Thorpe Hall Golf Club in Essex.
New Zealander Steven Alker and James Heath claimed the other two places for Royal Troon next month.
Ashford professional Jason Barnes came tied 42nd on 11-over on 153 after rounds of 74 and 79.
Barnes arrived back in the county after claiming his second top-15 spot on the Challenge Tour in three weeks – finishing tied 15th in the SSE Scottish event at Aviemore last week.
He picked up 3,375 Euros with a 10-under par total of 274, carding rounds of 69, 67, 70 and 68.
It followed up his tied ninth place at the KPMG Trophy in Belgium, with a 13-under 271 (71, 68, 67, 65), picking up 3,208 Euros. Chart Hills Golf Club in Biddenden, near Tenterden, is being sold by Savills for £2.75m on behalf of its private owners. Savills’ director of leisure and trading Ian Simpson said: “Chart Hills is a prime golf club in a fantastic location in Kent. Golf continues to be a popular British sport and with the excellent credentials of this course, we expect to receive strong interest.”