Solheim Cup captain visits WGC Golf club for successful first ever pro-am event
PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 September 2017
US Women's Open winner, and winning Solheim Cup captain, Alison Nicholas, was the star turn at the inaugural charity pro-am at Welwyn Garden City Golf Club.
A field of 84 players, made up of teams playing with 10 female professionals and 11 male professionals, took to the course for the event sponsored by Pac Air.
As ever, shooting a low round on a course known for it’s narrow fairways and small greens proved difficult, with only two of the male pros shooting scores under par, the same being true for the ladies.
Joe Brooks finished with 67, three-under par, and one shot clear of Blane Breheny in the men’s professional competition.
And in the women’s section, Amy Boulden was just pipped by Suzanne Dickins; Dickins finishing on 72, one clear of Boulden with Amy Rae a further shot back.
The winning team comprised of three members from the home club: Colin Callander, Ian Harpur and Matt Binstead who played with Nick Cunningham as their professional.
Their score of 122 points, recorded using the best three scored from the quartet on each hole, was two better than the second placed team of tournament organiser Andy Collie, Barry Whiteman and Ricky Moggridge who were playing with ladies’ tour professional Boulden.
The team of Nic Roberts, Sam Smith and Paul Copner, playing with Dickins, came third.
A spokesman for the club said: “The tournament was a great success, and will be repeated next year, when it is hoped that the field will comprise all female professionals.”
The golf was followed by the just as competitive Patio Challenge – playing a shots from the patio to the 17th green, with the nearest the pin taking the prize, with all proceeds going to the Captain’s Charity.
The pro-am took place the day after WGC hosted the National Police Team Finals, with teams from Cleveland, Gwent, South Yorkshire and Essex competing for the title.
Cleveland and Gwent won their semi-finals in the morning, meeting in the afternoon for the final.
And it was the Teesside-based outfit who came out on top for the first time in the competition’s history.