Clevedon Golf Club host PGA EuroPro Tour event
PUBLISHED: 11:08 27 June 2018
Clevedon Golf Club hosted a PGA EuroPro Tour event for the first time with the Jessie May World Snooker Championship taking place.
Competitions took a back seat at Clevedon Golf Club as the PGA EuroPro Tour visited the club for the first time to for the Jessie May World Snooker Championship.
The competition was brought to the club by its most famous member, John E Morgan. After playing as a professional, John is now a much respected and engaging television commentator for Sky Sports. His enthusiasm for the game and the club are infectious, and he made the perfect host and ambassador for the week.
The golf commenced on Monday with a pro-am competition in aid of local charity, the Jessie May Trust. The field included many stars of the snooker world, led by the legendary Barry Hearn, chairman of Matchroom Sport and patron of the trust.
He was most fulsome in his praise for the club, both the course itself and the support given by the members, staff and directors. He later commented on social media: “What a wonderful day and a truly great golf course. Well done Clevedon Golf Club - proud to be working with you.”
After a practice day, the competition began in earnest on Wednesday morning as 156 aspiring young professional golfers played 36 holes over two days to try and make the cut and feature in the final round.
In the field was Clevedon head professional Ryan Crowley and making his debut as a professional, Alister Balcombe. Sadly, neither of them were able to progress to the final round.
Ashley Mansell, the third home player in the field, gave himself every chance, scoring five under par on day one, just two shots behind the overnight leader.
The day was dominated though by Ryan Campbell from Falkirk, who equalled the course record held by Paul Wilkinson with a seven under par total of 65.
Day two opened with the wind having changed direction, posing a further challenge to the competitors. Mansell stayed in touch with a level par 72 and Campbell ended the day in a three-way tie for the lead with Mark Young (Longridge) and Brendan McCarroll (West Hills).
The drama continued on the final day, and after 18 holes Young and. McCarroll could not be separated on 11 under par, so a play-off was required which Young triumphed to win £10,000 and the coveted trophy. Mansell finished in a tie for ninth place after a consistent performance.
The week proved to be a resounding success for the club, course manager Steve Ewing and his team worked hard to present the course in the best possible condition, the members rallied around to act as volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the event – all of which were recognised by the organisers and competitors.
Clevedon Golf Club has certainly established itself as a championship venue on the professional circuit. Highlights of the competition will be shown on Sky Sports on July 3.