Youngsters poised for Westwood Tour showdown
SWINDON will be well-represented when the inaugural Lee Westwood Golf Tour Players Championship takes place at Gainsborough in Lincolnshire a week today.
Youngsters Matt Mumford and Tom Finney of Wrag Barn and Basset Down respectively have qualified for finals day and have the chance to become national champions in their respective categories.
They will also be targeting the even more prestigious prize of becoming Tour champion, the winner of which will earn the chance to play at the Lee Westwood Golf School in Orlando, Florida and meet the 22-time European Tour winner.
The Lee Westwood Golf Tour is open to under 21s and operates in 12 tour areas around the country, with around seven events taking place in each.
Mumford was second in the Tour Area 4 Order of Merit - in both the boys’ gross and the up to five handicap nett categories - while Finney topped the nett standings in the same area for those with a handicap of between 15 and 28.
Qualifying for the finals tops off a superb year for the 18-year-old Mumford which began with a bang when he achieved his first hole-in-one in the February’s men’s medal at Wrag Barn.
His second came only a couple of months later when he aced the fourth hole at Pyle & Kenfig while competing in the Faldo Series.
Mumford’s three wins on the Westwood Tour included his lowest-ever round of 66 around Stinchcombe Hill as well as 73 at Chipping Sodbury and 72 at Knowle.
Finishing runner-up in the Wrag Barn men’s scratch knockout and third in the men’s championships were further impressive results, while a three-under-par gross in the Captains Cup also saw his handicap reduced to scratch for the first time.
Finney began the year by reaching the semi-finals of the Basset Down Winter League.
The 15-year-old later triumphed in the May and August men’s medals, the Anniversary Cup and Junior Championship, which contributed to his handicap being cut to 11.
On the Lee Westwood Tour, Finney won four of the seven regional events at Knowle, Stinchcombe Hill, The Kendleshire and Minchinhampton, and finished second in the other three, which gave him a significant boost towards the tour finals.
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