Knebworth golfer Amess wins county title over home course

PUBLISHED: 14:11 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 26 October 2009

Champion Paul Amess with other trophy winners

Champion Paul Amess with other trophy winners

KNEBWORTH golfer Paul Amess has won the Hertfordshire Amateur Championship over his home course in the club s centenary year. Home on vacation from American university, Amess decided to enter the Herts Championship for the first time with the venue being

KNEBWORTH golfer Paul Amess has won the Hertfordshire Amateur Championship over his home course in the club's centenary year.

Home on vacation from American university, Amess decided to enter the Herts Championship for the first time with the venue being the club where he had been a member since his junior days.

It was a wise decision for Paul as he became only the second Knebworth player to win the county title in its 84-year history and he achieved it in the club's centenary season.

"I had been looking forward to being home again with parents and friends and enjoying playing in the championship on my home course after college golf, hoping to do well, but winning the title is like a dream come true," he said.

After qualifying with solid rounds of 72, 73, three over par, he defeated three times champion John Ambridge from Moor Park 4&3.

Amess then beat Brookmans Park duo Ryan Newman by one hole and last year's runner-up Laurence Allen 5&4 to reach the final.

There he met former runner-up Chris Tingey and, as in his previous victories, was never in arrears.

He was four up after nine holes and eventually beat his opponents from Mid Herts 5&4, at that stage being two under par.

Tingey, who had led the qualifiers by two strokes with rounds of 68, 67 - seven under par - reached the final by beating Old Fold Manor's Michael Ready by one hole, Porters Park's former champion Nick Pateman at the 19th and Potters Bar golfer James Jankowski 3&2.

The only previous championship winner from Knebworth in 1985 was Peter Robinson, who moved to Australia.

Left-hander Paul, 22, and his father Ian, also a member, moved to Woburn for a spell before returning to Knebworth.

He has spent four years on a golf scholarship at Temple University in Philadelphia, graduating with a degree in finance, and is returning for another year to gain his Masters diploma.

Amess is captain of the college golf team, and earlier this year won the Bermuda Match Play Championship.

"As to the future, I may consider turning professional next year, or remain on the amateur circuit and make a business career in America," he said.

He went into the lead in the final at the second hole with a par, won the next par five, getting up and down for a birdie, and then won the fifth with par.

Amess lost the sixth after driving into trees for Tingey to get one back.

He birdied the seventh, pitching to 3ft, and birdied the ninth, holing from 10ft to be four up.

The home player won the short 10th with par to be five ahead, lost the 11th after going out of bounds, got up and down at 13 to go five up again and halved the next for a 5&4 win.

Chris Tingey, runner-up in 2004 to Robert Leonard, won two tough clashes to reach the semi-final, getting the better by one hole of Michael Ready, who gained his match play place as the last qualifier after a three-way play off.

Against Nick Pateman, the 2006 champion, Tingey was taken to an extra hole before going through.

In 2006, he led his Mid Herts team to victory in Spain in the final of the Mail on Sunday National Classic.

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