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Essex duo 'rock up' to win Lombard Trophy

Essex duo 'rock up' to win Lombard TrophyLevermore and Steed had only played together once before!

Essex thoroughbred Jason Levermore and his trusty Steed were first past the post in the chase for the Lombard Trophy at Gleneagles.

It was, however, a close run thing for Levermore and his amateur partner Ben Steed from Channels Golf Club in Essex, as Nottinghamshire’s Bulwell Forest duo of Andrew Willey and Mick Disney kept the outcome in doubt until the final hole.

In the end, just two strokes separated them after two rounds over the Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA Centenary Course at the 2014 Ryder Cup venue.

Incredibly, Levermore and Steed had not played together before this year, making their win all the more incredible.

“This is only the second time we’ve played together,” admitted Levermore. “The first time was in the qualifier at Kings Lynn.

“We haven’t had time to have any practice either. We just rocked up and got on with it. Obviously, it hasn’t done us any harm.

“We helped each other all the way round and gelled really


Level at the start of the second round on seven-under, parity remained until Levermore and Steed moved up a gear midway through the back nine.

Birdies at the 14th and 15th - the hole where Jamie Donaldson sent his approach to within a foot of the pin to clinch victory in last year’s match with the USA - followed by an eagle at 16 proved decisive as they posted a second successive seven-under-par round of 65 to finish 14-under for the week.

It gave the Essex men a three-stroke lead but Willey, a former European Tour player, and Disney, who plays off plus-one, refused to be cowed.

They responded with a birdie at the 17th to reduce the deficit to two but Levermore and Steed kept their collective cool to par the last and claim the reward for winning Europe’s largest pro-am - a cheque for £12,000.

The win for Levermore earned him yet another spot on The PGA honours boards. The PGA Cup star has previously won the association’s Fourball Championship on two separate occasions, as well as the Pro-Captain Challenge.


By contrast, Steed, whom plays off 14, is a relative newcomer to golf. “I’ve only been playing for four years and for this to happen to me after such a short time playing the game is amazing,” he said.

“It’s an experience I’ll never forget and probably something I’ll never top. Perhaps I should retire now!”

Willey, meanwhile, was magnanimous in defeat. “I kind of always knew it would be a battle with Jason and, with no disrespect to the others I thought we’d be up there,” said the Bulwell Forest man, who was consoled by a cheque for £7,500.

“It was nice to play with Jason as we’re good mates and we knew it would be a good battle.

“We’ve had a good week and played well. But credit to them as they played well and didn’t make any mistakes.”

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