Leicester Mercury

Watson kicks off tournament series with victory


THE opening event of the new series of open tournament­s at The Nottingham­shire GC, organised by Golfing Days, the Leicesters­hire specialist golf and travel company, was a big success.

There was a competitiv­e field of more than 100.

This was the first of six such events throughout the next few months. There are also similar competitio­ns at several other venues. These will be getting under way shortly.

Golf profession­als and amateurs came from across the country, but there was success for some county competitor­s – pros and amateurs – on the final leaderboar­d. Nick Watson (Stoke Rochford) finished first with 40 pts from his 4-under-par round, after a tie with runner-up Nick Wilhelm-Marklew.

There were two pros on 39 pts, Fraser Hall and Paul Streeter (Lincoln Golf Centre), with five on 38 including Riyaz Ahmed (The Leicesters­hire) and Olly Booth (Golfing Days).

The others on the mark were amateurs Charlie Blakeman (Hinckley) and Adam Redpath (Kedleston Park), and pro James Freeman (Retford).

Chris Pickett (Newark) on 37 pts completed the top 10.

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