The Dudsbury Masters returned for its 3rd incarnation in 2016 with some of the region’s leading Professional’s competing for the title of Dudsbury Masters Champion. The 2016 Dudsbury Masters was the 2nd event of the season for the Order of Merit events on The PGA in England & Wales (South West) with a 36 holes strokeplay event on Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th June proceeded the Dudsbury Masters Pro-Am on Monday the 13th.
After a tense final 18 holes, including a double body on 16 for the leader, Ross Langdon came out on top, pipping home player, and local favorite, Lee Thompson, and another veteran, St Pierre’s Liam Bond, to victory.
Ross described winning his first order of merit tournament as his “finest moment” in golf as he held the Dudsbury Masters trophy after a thrilling final day battle. The 28-year-old Brickhampton Court teaching pro from Gloucester started two shots behind home Dudsbury players Lee Thompson and Mark Wiggett, his playing partners in the final group in the event sponsored by Marston’s Brewery.
Yet he finished one shot ahead on five-under-par (137) after a second round 69. Defending champion Thompson could only card a final round 72, whilst Liam Bond (St Pierre) carded a best-of-the-day 66 to storm through the pack.
It all looked like plain sailing for Langdon after an eagle on the sixth to follow birdies at the second and fourth. However, leading by 2, thoughts of celebration went out of the window after a double bogey 6 at the 16th when his 8-iron second shot from 160 yards found the pond. However, 2 pars to finish was enough to see Langdon to victory.
The man who played alongside BMW PGA champion Chris Wood for seven years in Gloucestershire County Golf handed credit to Simon Shanks, the senior tutor at Bowood who has been advising him since January.
“He is my performance coach who insists on me staying in the moment and not thinking too far ahead,” he said. “l have been playing my best golf for several months and having regular weekly competition with the Gloucester and Somerset PGA in the winter has been a great help.”
With the win, Ross climbed to third in the order of merit and has targeted a slot in the end-of-season PGA Play-Offs as his goal. Paul Hendriksen (Ivybridge), winner of the Total Triumph opener, still leads followed by Bond who required medical attention after suffering a cut close to his eye following a brush with a tree. He has only just returned after a four-month lay-off from a back injury suffered at Tour School in November.
Home favorite, Thompson, faltered on the final day with a one-over-par 72 but remains strongly in contention for the order of merit and he is now fourth. Sion Bebb(Morlais Castle), another contender at Dudsbury until falling away, lies fifth. He was one of five players who shared third on 139 including Mark Wiggett who shot 73. The others were Paul Hendriksen, Welsh legend and former Ryder Cup player Phillip Price and former European Tour player Stuart Little (Minchinhampton) who holed his second shot for an albatross on the 520-yard 6th!
Full results of the Dudsbury Masters can be found HERE
The Dudsbury Masters Pro-Am
Monday 13th June, 2016
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Michael Watson showed his liking for the maturing Dudsbury course by winning the Pro-Am prior to the Dudsbury Masters tournament with an impressive six-under-par 65. Watson was chased all the way by Henry Pallas (Upavon), 66, and home professional Lee Thompson also shared second spot after a blemish-free round. Matt Dearden (Cardiff), another former Dudsbury winner, started with a bogey before adding five birdies to take fourth on 67. Stuart Little (Minchinhampton), Mark Wiggett (Dudsbury), Ollie Baker (Ridgeway) and Devon-based Scott Drummond also started the week in fine form by sharing fifth on 68.
Stuart Little also won the first team prize on 92 points leading the Brendan Delaney’s team to a one shot victory over Trade Cost Windows led by David Morris (Bells Hotel Forest of Dean) with Dudsbury Team 2, led by Joe Ferguson (Celtic Manor), coming in third on 90.
Dudsbury Golf Club, Hotel & Spa would like to thank Marston’s/Ringwood for their continued support and we would like to invite all of our previous sponsors, supporters and competitors to return in 2017. Without the support of Marston’s/Ringwood and our hole sponsors; Hot Radio, Vincent Clemas Chartered Accountants, Gareth Daniel Building & Maintanance, and Waste Management Facilities the event would not have grown to where it is today. We hope it will continue to grow in 2017.