Andrew picks up Lee Westwood Trophy in fine fashion
By ECG Newsdesk
A course-record equalling eight-under 62 proved the solid foundation for victory as Darlington’s Andrew Wilson won the Lee Westwood Trophy in South Yorkshire.
The former England A squad member played an almost flawless first round at Rotherham Golf Club, carding seven birdies and an eagle with just one dropped shot on the 17th where he overshot the green and failed to get up and down.
He held a five-shot lead going into the final round and appeared to be cruising until late drama almost snatched victory from his hands.
Four dropped shots on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes suddenly opened up the field and he found himself one behind Fulford’s Charlie Thornton playing in the group ahead.
With tragic misfortune Thornton accidentally trod on his own ball while searching in the rough just behind the 17th green. A ruling gave him a one shot penalty and the frustration led to three putts and the triple bogey ended his chances.
Wilson, watching on the fairway behind was unaware of the events ahead but he made birdie putting him well in control. A steady par down the last secured his four shot win with a 72-aggregate total of four-under 276.
“I’m delighted with the way I’ve played his week,” said Wilson. “I’ve been seeing coach Graham Walker recently and that has helped a lot.
“It was pleasing to equal the course record, although in a way I’m disappointed to have been caught out by the wind on the 17th and ending up with a bogey from 130 yards out.
“After that opening round I played pretty solidly and did what I had to do although the bad run on the back nine of the final round nearly saw all the effort wasted.
“It brought so many players back into it, but I had a solid finish to the round so I’m very pleased.”
The Lee Westwood Trophy is one of England’s top amateur events. Officially known as The Rotherham Golf Club Open Strokeplay Championship, this annual World Amateur Golf Ranking PING/EGU order of merit 72-hole event is one of the region’s major highlights of the golfing season. Westwood’s mother, Trish, presents the prizes.
Among this year’s highlights was the sight of Danny Willett caddying for his own bagman, Sam Haywood.