Dale Whitnell lands Aldwickbury Park victory

Dale Whitnell came out on top

Dale Whitnell came out on top

First published in Sport

Dale Whitnell, who represented Great Britain & Ireland in The 2009 Walker Cup, has moved to the top of the Jamega Tour’s Portugal Masters Order of Merit following a win at Aldwickbury Park Golf Club.

More than 60 touring professionals battled it out for the two-day Jamega Pro Golf Tour event staged on the 18-hole Park Course with Whitnell requiring a birdie on his 36th hole to join the top of the leaderboard on six-under-par.

With nothing to separate the former number one English amateur golfer and fellow competitor, Ricky Brackenbury, after two rounds, both players teed off again down the par-four 10th in a sudden death play-off.

Brackenbury found the water which enabled 25-year-old Whitnell to emerge victorious with a regulation par.

Aldwickbury Park has now hosted the Jamega Pro Golf Tour - the first stepping stone in tournament golf and a feeder to the European Challenge Tour - on four occasions, but, for the first time, on this occasion, staged a pre-event ProAm featuring teams of four including one tour professional.

Amateur entrants included the British Moto 2 rider, Sam Lowes, whose team finished third playing with professional, Simon Lilly. The winning team, scoring 88 Stableford points, were Conor O’Grady, Jamie Knight, Jack Stevens and professional Eddy Koracevic, who scored a stunning seven-under on the day.

General manager Andrew Shewbridge said: "We are always pleased to welcome the Jamega Tour and the golfers have once again been incredibly complimentary about our course, which is good news for the greenkeeping staff who work so hard to ensure our high standards are maintained throughout the year.

"As well as two days of elite competition, we also enjoyed the good spirits and friendly competition in the ProAm, and we look forward to more of the same next year."

To find out more about Aldwickbury Park Golf Club visit www.aldwickburyparkgolfclub.co.uk, call 01582 760112 or follow on Twitter @aldwickburygolf.

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