The Dorset Open got under way on a very overcast morning with a poor weather forecast and it was not long before the first shower of the day appeared! The course was presented in excellent condition for the event where the Amateurs pit their skills against the Professionals. There were 72 in the field which included golfers from around the country and last year’s winners Lee James Broadstone back to defend the trophy being the only winner so far along with Cory Sheppard last year’s winner of the Hillamsland Trophy.
The weather closed in and early starter David Cook had posted a creditable 72 one over which was only bettered by one from seasoned professional Mark Wiggett with 71. Mike Watson recorded a 72 as did fellow professional Luke Joy, There also followed three 73’s by Tom Lowe Tony Lawrence and Matthew Myers the rain did come down and the late starters were getting the worst of it but local lad George Long relished the challenge and produced a fine 71 to tie with Mark Wiggett. The second round was under way but sadly the greens could not cope with the deluge of rain that hit us and once the first round had been completed play was suspended. The rain kept coming and it was clear that we would not get the second round completed so the round was cancelled and once again the competition was to be decided over 18 holes. This meant for the first time an Amateur was in contention to lift the Open Trophy as Mark and George would play off as soon as we could find a hole dry enough it was decided to play sudden death over the eighteenth and at the first attempt George secured a par whilst Mark’s putt missed giving the trophy to George Long the first time an Amateur has won the Dorset Open Trophy securing the Hillamsland as well.
We wish to thank all who took part and Dudsbury Golf Club for hosting the event, let’s hope for a better weather day in 2015.
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