Collins ef­forts not enough


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

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.”

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