Updated: Nov 30, 2018
George has just played the West of England Amateur Championship at Saunton Golf Club.
The land at Saunton Burrows has hosted golf since 1897 and is today’s premier golf course in the West Country since Herbert Fowler (famed designer of Walton Heath, The Berkshire, and Delamere Forest to name just a few) created the East course in the 1920s. This venue has been used ever since for major amateur championships, notably the 1937 English Amateur when Frank Pennink was victorious
George played really well except for 3 holes on the first round which cost him not making the cut by only 3 shots. The England players said if you could par the course you were in with a chance of winning, proving how difficult the course was. George was 3 over on the first hole then parred the next 8 but had 2 further bad holes on the back 9 which left him with a score of 80, on the scoreboard 101st place out of a field of 120.
George quoted that “the greens were like playing on the moon!” although this didn’t seem to bother George, who fought on in the tough conditions!
Following the first round, George was confident and feeling great for round two. Again he played really well and even though the wind had picked up, George was 1 under on the 16 hole and finished 1 over for a fantastic score of 72 and joint 12th place out of a field of 120, with a total score 152 and missing the 149 cut by only 3 shots.
On reflection, George commented, “I was really happy with how I played overall given the difficult layout of the course and windy conditions, and after seeing the scores come in on the final day didn’t feel that his 80 was too out of place”.
Round 1 – Friday 21st April 2017
Round 2 -Saturday 22nd April 2017