The Dorset Open got under way after a 30 minute delay due to the frost but initially the sky was clear and the sun was shining. The event which includes the Hillamsland Trophy was again full with both Amateurs and Professionals from across the South Region. Last years Champion Lee James was back to defend his trophy, sadly Hillamsland winner was not.
With the course in great condition for so early in the year scoring was predicted to be good and new professional Luke Joy from Broadstone was in with a level par 71 this was matched by John Grace Saltford and David Cook Parkstone. Lee James held the half way lead with a one under 70, which left Weymouth’s Robbie Mabb kicking himself as he bogyed his last two holes for a level par 71. Kevin Garwood finished on 72 and there was then seven on 73 so it was all to play for in the afternoon.
The afternoon round got under way with the rain starting to come down and black skies could be seen all round, the sun was trying to push through at times but when the hail torrential rain and of course thunder storms arrived there was nothing to do but suspend play after much consideration and given greens were flooded and the time it would take to get them sorted play was finally cancelled with the last round being abandoned and the championship being decided over the first round of the Championship which gave the Dorset Scratch Cup once more to Lee James and David Cook took the Hillamsland on count back from Weymouth’s Robbie Mabb.
We wish to thank all who took part and Dudsbury Golf Club for hosting the event, let’s hope for better weather next year.
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