Champions of Golf again enjoyed another magnificent weekend of golf around the world.
From the home of the European Tour at Wentworth to the beauty of the Perugia, Italy, Champions had professional representation around the world, and across the pond on US soil.
Making his first European Senior Tour for the 2013 season Gary took part in the 2013 US Senior PGA Championships at Bellerive Golf and Country Club in Missouri. Deluges of rain over the practice days turned the course into a monster as it played soft and very long, two traits that dont unfortunately favour the straight and consistent Wolstenholme. A couple of over par rounds unfortunately brough Gary's hopes of a first major title to an end as he missed the halfway cut by a couple of strokes, his first missed cut in America for over a year. However there was success for Champions of Golf in America as Mark Mouland showed signs of a strong return to form as he made the cut and finished in a tie for 55th place, extening his run of cuts made in America playing in his first season on the Champions Tour.
The Alps Tour is the 2013 stomping ground for Kirby Muxloe's Jason Palmer. Lying in 6th position on the Order of Merit before taking part in the Umbria Open, Perugia, Itlay, Jason's bid to lift his first title of 2013 took a knock after prolonged bad weather severely disrupted the first days play. However Jason knuckled down to the task at hand and recorded a closing round of 67 to return a 5 under par total, good enough for a fantastic 4th place finish, cemeting his 3rd place position in the Order of Merit after the first 6 events.
Matthew took part in his first Challenge Tour event of the year at the Telenet Trophy, Belgium. A venue that has played host to many exciting finishes on the Challenge Tour in recent years, Royal Waterloo GC was again the scene of a special conclusion, as Daniel Gaunt flicked in a wedge frm 47 yards to guarantee a birdie and take the title at the first playoff hole. Matthew is back on the main tour this week as he takes part in the Nordea Masters, Sweden.
Stuart also recorded a victory to reward his hard work in the early part of the season on the North West Pro Tour. Playing at Stockport GC on the 20th May, Stuart shot the best round of the day, a four under par 68 to clinch the title by two shots. Stuart will once again be heading out on this tour as he competes at Staining Lodge GC, Blackpool on Tuesday 28th May.
The final even to review is the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentowrth Golf Club, Surrey. Unfortunately Scott narrowly missed out on making the cut but Marc and Graeme performed magnificently to both finish inside the top 40. However it got even better for Marc as he closed out the tournament with a 3 under par, 69, to join Italy's Matteo Manassero and England's Simon Khan in a playoff for the title. After a superb week or magnificent ball striking and patient play around the difficult West course, Marc had a lot of positives to take from his week's efforts despite narrowly missing out after Khan and Manassero both made birdie at the first playoff hole to knock Marc out. His 2nd place finish has elevated Marc to 16 on the Race to Dubai, all but secured his place in the Race to Dubai World Championship and more importantly, Marc is now only 9 places outside the magical world's top 100.
Everyone at Champions of Golf would like to congratulate Marc, Scott, Graeme, Matthew, Gary, Mark and Jason for their results last week and wish them the very best for this week:
European Tour: Nordea Masters, Sweden (Marc, Scott, Graeme and Matthew)
Alps Tour: Giulia Open Grado, Italy (Jason)
Champions Tour: Principal Charity Classic, Wakonda Club, Iowa (Mark)
EuroPro Tour: Kerry London Championship, Burhill, London (Nick and Kevin)
1836 Tour: Caldy Golf Club (Stuart)