Once more the Dorset Open met with some weather resistance as on arrival it was heavy rain and the decision was taken to delay the start. The rain did abate and we got under way in cloudy and sunny skies. The wind blew to make the course a good challenge for all who were taking part. Given the rain that fell early morning the green staff presented the course in excellent condition. The event allows the Amateurs to pit their skills against the Professionals. Last year’s winner was not in the field as he is still in the USA at collage.
The first round saw some good golf played with Andy Rideout Broadstone leading the pack on 72 along with Lee James and Mark Wiggett. Weymouth’s Jon Welch was next on 73 with Broadstone touring professional Luke Joy. There followed a group then on 75 which included Luke Hirst, Sean Dimmick, Brad Cox and Joe Lovery. What was interesting was that no one broke par!
The second round got under way once the players had been fed and watered and the wind seemed to get even stronger so the competition was still wide open. George Carroll produced a fine 73 to move himself up the leader board. Andy Rideout kept his cool again producing a fine round of 73 to put him in top spot on 145 two better than 3 times champion Lee James who finished on 147. Joe Lovery and Mark Wiggett both finished on 148 and Tom Parsons’s professional at Knighton Heath had a good 75 last round to move himself up to equal sixth place with George Carroll. As the cards came in it was obvious the wind was taking its toll and as yet no player had broken par but that was soon amended when Luke Joy came home with a stunning 69 two under par to give him a ttal of 142 for the competition and a winning margin of 3 shots from Andy Rideout. So Luke Joy to the 2015 Dorset Open Championship and Andy took the top amateur slot and the Hillamsland trophy well done both and well done also to all those who took part and battled the course and wind.
For second round scores click here
I wish to thank all the players who took part and special thanks once again to Dudsbury Golf Club for hosting the event.