Golf: Winn win situation at Worlebury
PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 May 2019
There was a Winn win situation in the Jubilee Shield at Worlebury Golf Club as Alex Winn claimed silverware.
A field of 65 players battled it out over 36 holes, with the best gross scores in round one dominated by Worlebury elite golfers Matt Blackman, Winn and Josh Freeman.
Blackman and Winn led at halfway with one-over par 71s, with Freeman two shots back despite an eagle at the 13th.
But Craig Young's 43 points made him the nett leader at lunch, with Lewys Charles (37) and Nevil Horne (36) in pursuit.
Craig Conway carded an excellent gross 72 in round two, worth 42 points, which put him in contention for the Jubilee Cup, ahead of John Melwani (75/38) and Peter Gilpin (76/37).
Young struggled to find his rhythm early on, but birdied the 13th to finish with 30 points for 73 overall, which clinched the Jubilee Cup, one ahead of Conway and Charles.
But the Jubilee Shield needed a four-hole play-off and Blackman birdied the first as Winn saved par with a superb 170-yard approach.
Winn won the second hole after both found sand, but Blackman sank a longer putt on the third to edge ahead.
Winn found the centre of the green on the last hole, as Blackman's approach caught the wind, drifted to the left and bounced out of bounds.
That left Winn with two putts for a birdie and the win, which he achieved.
*Worlebury took on Wells in the first round of the Somerset Bowl at Tall Pines, with Mike Keen called up at late notice.
Keen and Simon Dempsey gave eight shots to their opponents but eased to a 3&1 win, while debutant Gareth Hawkes and James Marshall had a 2&1 victory.
Captain Mark Otterburn and Keri Allchurch went down 2&1 despite a birdie on the 17th, with the last two matches needing extra holes to decide their outcome.
Youngsters Matt Blackman and Mikey Nichols gave away seven shots, but sealed their win on the 21st hole.
And Ryan Jones and Lewys Charles gave away six shots and had to wait until the 22nd hole, before clinching their own triumph and a 4-1 victory overall.