Mumford earns Florida trip after Westwood win
SWINDON golfer Matt Mumford earned himself the trip of a lifetime after winning the inaugural Lee Westwood Golf Tour Players Championship.
The Wrag Barn youngster fired a superb three-under-par 69 at Gainsborough Golf Club in Lincolnshire last Saturday to see off competition from the 60-strong field.
That meant the 18-year-old won the top prize of a week-long trip to Westwood’s golf school in Orlando, Florida, which he will experience next year.
The Players Championship was the culmination of the seven-month tour which covers England, Wales and Scotland and is split into 12 different areas.
Mumford finished second in Tour Area 4 but went one better in the showpiece event of the season when he beat red-hot favourite Jack Yule, a two-handicapper, to claim victory.
Yule, who won the Brabazon Trophy northern section qualifier earlier this year, was in fine form before the turn as he roared out to four-under-par.
That was three ahead of Mumford, but three birdies in the next four holes saw the Swindonian move into a tie for the lead.
Dropped shots saw Yule fall two behind, but when Mumford let a shot slip at the 16th it set up a nailbiting finish.
Heading into the final hole with a one-shot lead, Mumford drove into the trees and was forced to chip out sideways.
But a lovely iron from 150 yards left him with a 15-foot putt which he duly sunk to emerge the overall victor, as well as the winner of Category 3 (up to five handicap).
Mumford was presented with the championship trophy by Westwood’s parents.
Swindon’s other representative in the finals, 15-year-old Tom Finney, also had a day to remember.
The Basset Down player finished an impressive second in Category 5 (15-28 handicap).
That was just two shots behind the category winner and third in the overall nett competition.
Finney shot his best Lee Westwood competition score to date with a gross seven-over-par 79, four shots under his handicap.
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