Brown show­ing great early-sea­son prom­ise

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports -

THERE was no place like home for Stu­art Brown when the city ace stormed to vic­tory in the Beds and Cambs PGA Cham­pi­onships at Or­ton Mead­ows.

Brown started his sea­son in siz­zling style to re­tain the tro­phy and wrap up his third win in the com­pe­ti­tion with rounds of 67 and 68 to fin­ish one over par on his home course - three shots clear of the field.

But de­spite the ob­vi­ous ad­van­tages of com­pet­ing on his own patch, Brown later ad­mit­ted the pres­sure of ex­pec­ta­tion made the win any­thing but a for­mal­ity.

He said: “Ob­vi­ously I am de­lighted to have won such a big tour­na­ment at this stage of the sea­son. And de­fend­ing the tro­phy makes it that bit more pleas­ing, es­pe­cially on my home course.

“In some ways play­ing the event at Or­ton meant I had an ad­van­tage over a lot of the field as I know the place so well but be­ing the home pro­fes­sional brings a bit more ex­pec­ta­tion too and a bit of pres­sure.

“I think it helped me that over the win­ter I switched to Titleist clubs. That seems to have worked very well for me and I am par­tic­u­larly happy with the way I am hit­ting my irons at the mo­ment.

“And start­ing the sea­son with a win gives me plenty of con­fi­dence that my game is in good nick at the right time.”

Brown car­ried that early sea­son form into the John O’ Gaunt Pro-am on Mon­day where he fin­ished sec­ond to pocket a cheque for £1,200.

Now hav­ing made such a strong start to the cam­paign, the Or­ton Mead­ows pro­fes­sional is aim­ing for an­other strong show­ing at the East Re­gion Cham­pi­onships next Wed­nes­day.

The Cham­pi­onships are the first PGA Or­der of Merit event and as de­fend­ing cham­pion, Brown is de­ter­mined to do well at Orsett to get his cam­paign off to the best pos­si­ble start.

“I had a great sea­son last time out when I fin­ished in sec­ond place and made it to the PGA Play-offs in Turkey and I see no rea­son to think that I can­not go one bet­ter this time round,” he added.

“I am play­ing re­ally well at the mo­ment and I in­tend to com­mit to the Or­der of Merit events and hope­fully win the se­ries this year. I know it is go­ing to be tough but I’m con­fi­dent I can be up there again.

“And this time if I make it back to the end of sea­son PGA Play-offs I would back my­self to do bet­ter than I man­aged last year on my de­but.”

Stu­art Brown won the Beds and Cambs PGA Cham­pi­onship.

HE may only have been play­ing golf for less than a year, but James Ablett is al­ready hav­ing a big im­pact at Greetham Val­ley.

The 24-hand­i­cap­per took first place in both the net and the gross com­pe­ti­tions at the club’s 19-28 Cham­pi­onships at the week­end af­ter shoot­ing a gross 95 to fin­ish ahead of Neil Beck­ing­ham on count­back.

Ef­fion Hughes came in third with a gross 97 while in the net event Ablett’s net 71 saw him fin­ish two shots clear of Phil Douty in sec­ond with Beck­ing­ham in third place with a net 76.

Ablett’s crack­ing per­for­mance saw his hand­i­cap cut to 22, rais­ing his hopes of earn­ing a place in Greetham’s 0-18 Cham­pi­onships next sea­son.

He said: “I only took up golf se­ri­ously when I joined Greetham in Septem­ber 2011 and prior to that I have only re­ally played once or twice a year with friends.

“So I was amazed to find out that I had won. It has given me a lot of im­pe­tus to prac­tice more and try to im­prove by play­ing in more com­pe­ti­tions so that hope­fully I can get into the 0-18 Cham­pi­onships next year.”

PRIZEWINNERS: Pic­tured are the prizewinners at the Thorpe Wood Ladies Open.


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