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Kelly Storms To Victory At Strokes to lift his second Major title PDF Print E-mail
  

Seven years after making his début at the British Open in Margate, Adam Kelly claimed his second BMGA major by winning the 2015 British Open with a 10-stroke margin of victory over three-time champion Michael Smith to claim the cut-glass trophy and the £500 first prize

 
Adam, a second-year Psychology student at the University of Lincoln, set the early pace with rounds of 31 and 28 to establish an 11-stroke lead which he never looked in danger of surrendering. He finished the two-day tournament with a score of 278 (46 under par), ahead of Michael Smith in second and Portuguese Nuno Cunha in third, to complete a second major victory following his success in the British Championships at Margate last year. 

 
Speaking a day after his victory, Adam said: ‘After missing the cut in my first British Open seven years ago at Strokes Adventure Golf, I would never have believed I would go on to win the competition in 2015. It is particularly special for me to win at Strokes, the venue where I made my début and also achieved my first major victory. This was the perfect tournament, played in a great spirit across the field, with a phenomenally high standard throughout, on the UK's premier course and in splendid weather. To come away with the trophy is the icing on the cake!’

 
The British Open completed a memorable weekend for Adam. On Friday, he won the traditional British Open curtain-raiser, the Players’ Championship, taking home £45 and winning an equal amount for his chosen charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust. The charity will also receive an estimated £200 from the Hole-in-One Challenge events taking place across the season.

 
In addition, Adam advanced to the semi-finals of the British Matchplay Championship with 2&1 wins over John McIver and Tony Kelly to set up a contest with World Crazy Golf Champion Chris Harding over the weekend of this year’s World Crazy Golf Championships in Hastings.

 
When Adam made his début at the British Open in 2008 with his father Tony Kelly (now an experienced GB international himself), there were only three British players in the top 10, only one British player under par and Adam missed the second-day cut with an average score of 46.8. The winner that year was Mattias Ståhl of Sweden with an average of 34.0. Fast forward seven years and there were eight British players in the top 10, all averaging below par, with Adam achieving a remarkable average of 30.9 strokes per round. Andy Exall, the top British player in 2008, achieved a better score in 2015 but could only manage 7th place, such are the standards set by Adam Kelly, Michael Smith and others over the last few years.

 
Other winners across the weekend were Karsten Hein of Germany (4th and best senior), Freddie Blackburn-Shaw of Scotland (5th), Chris Harding (6th), Veronika Viçková of the Czech Republic (best woman), John McIver (Category 2 winner), Andy Exall (Category 3/4 winner) and Jan Hedström of Sweden (International Players Championship).

 
Speaking from his holiday in the USA, BMGA Chairman Sean Homer said: “The British Open once again proved to be a great event on the tour. It takes a lot of work to get the tournament to run as seamlessly as it does but the feedback from players over the weekend always makes it worth all the effort. The standard of play was tremendous at the sharp end and Adam really deserved the victory over the weekend with an almost faultless performance. The scenes at the end of the event with Adam and his mum and dad celebrating were wonderful to witness and proved a fitting end to a great weekend.”

 
Full results from the weekend can be found at http://bmga.co.uk/2015BO/result.htm

 
Photos from the British Open can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/13680867@N02/albums/72157658467254868 (Day 2) and https://www.flickr.com/photos/13680867@N02/albums/72157656506916823 (Day 1)


 

 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 September 2015 02:07 )
 

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