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Nick Chitty wins the BMGA English Open PDF Print E-mail
On Sunday 10th May a field of 37 players competed in the BMGA English Open. The competition was played over 54-holes at the 18-hole Adventure Golf course at Wroxham Barns, Norfolk. The tournament was won by Nick Chitty with a total of 95 (-13). Nick also set a new BMGA course record with his first round of 29 (-7). In second place was Birmingham’s Chris Harding on 97 (-11), with London’s Brad Shepherd in third place on 104 (-4) after defeating Jon Angel in a sudden death play-off. In winning the BMGA English Open Nick, from Hornsey, north London picked up his first victory on the BMGA Tour. Nick said “The first tournament Jo (Williamson) and I played was the World Crazies in Hastings in 2007, which Chris (Harding) won, so he has always been a player I've looked up to. It was fantastic playing the final round with him and Brad (Shepherd) and being able to retain the lead that I had set with the course record of 29 in the first round.

“My two stroke lead was wiped out immediately by Chris who aced the first and third, putting real pressure on me to "keep calm and carry on". I managed to hold my nerve and play all twos, then ace the ninth to go one-up again.

“One more ace each left us level at 17. Fully expecting Chris to ace the 17th, to see him miss was the first time I let myself think I could win. When I was preparing for that putt it felt like everyone had gone home because it was so quiet! It was a great feeling when it went in.

“When Chris missed the ace on the final hole the pressure was off at last and I aced it for the third time. I'd won my first tournament and immediately instructed Jo to procure some of the finest Norfolk ales from the little on-site beer shop before it closed, which we celebrated with when we got home. The end to a perfect weekend in sunny Norfolk.”

The 2009 BMGA English Open was the first BMGA Tour event to be staged in Norfolk, and a special Wroxham Barns trophy, created by Wroxham Barns resident sculptor Sue Windley, was presented to the top local golfer in the competition. The trophy was won by Adam Kelly from Cambridge with a score of 118 (+10). Tony Kelly was second, Paul Dickson third and Roger Nsengiyumua fourth.
 Adam Kelly was also ranked as the top Novice player, with Alistair Knight in second after defeating Tony Kelly in a play-off. Matthew Harding from Birmingham won the coveted aces prize with a terrific total of 16 holes-in-one across the three rounds. 

Full results of the BMGA English Open can be found here: 
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 May 2009 18:52 )

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