Golfer George Mullins Wins His First Professional Tournament on His Second Attempt6th May 2016
On only his second attempt, the young British golfer that we sponsor, George Mullins, won his first professional tournament. The 19-year old had only recently turned professional before his victory.
The tournament took place at the superb Essendon Golf and C.C. The new course proved to be tough and long for the players over the two days. In fact only 5 players broke par and 7 managed to equal it.
After the first round, Mullins led on a 2 under par. From Langley Park Golf Club, George Mullins, headed an extremely experienced group, including Rhys Pugh, James Watts, Paul Streeter and Simon Griffiths.
Although the second day started off with spectacular blue skies, the wind picked up making play increasingly difficult.
Conditions were far from easy during the second round but Jamie Abbott and James Adams made light of the weather to card 2 under par 70's. This score, added to their previous round of 74 saw both players finish the tournament on level par.
Given the tough playing environment, level par was a decent score but it didn't take long for a new leader to enter the clubhouse. Jordan McColl finished on 1 under par and this was enough to see him move above Abbot and Adams.
Kit Holmes found himself in a great position heading into the 17th hole, as McColl looked on nervously to see if he would hold on to first place. With only two holes left to play in his second round, Holmes was 3 under par and very much in contention to win the event.
However, with the pressure on, Holmes hit a wayward shot from the 17th tee and sent his ball into the water. It was a devastating blow and he dropped back to 2 under and remained that way following the final hole. Holmes was the new leader but it must have felt like a case of what could have been.
As the final group were heading towards home, there was only one man who could catch Holmes and that was George Mullins.
Mullins was enjoying a great round and having reached the 18th tee on 5 under par, he was within touching distance of the trophy. A three-shot lead, with one hole to play, what could possibly go wrong?
Perhaps it was a little anxiety or just bad luck but what looked like a well-struck tee shot, finished in the right-hand rough. The downhill lie provided its own difficulties but there were also fir trees blocking his path to the green.
What was all set to be a celebratory final hole for Mullins, quickly turned into something of a challenge.
Knowing he could afford to drop two shots and still win the event, the safest shot was to get the ball back in play and chip to the green. Nothing more was required, given the cushion Mullins had over Holmes.
As a possible sign of inexperience, Mullins took everyone by surprise and decided to go for the spectacular at a time when the simple would have been sufficient. In an attacking shot, Mullins attempted to draw the ball around the trees and clipped one of the branches.
Mullins looked on in horror as the ball dropped into the trees. Fortunately, it was found and this allowed the tournament leader to regain his composure well play a good wedge shot to the green. Two controlled putts gave Mullins a bogey 5, which was enough to see him win the event by two shots from Holmes.
This was the first professional victory in Mullins' career and he certainly provided plenty of drama for those watching on around the 18th hole.
The winner of the first Mini Order of Merit, Richard Bentham was delighted to receive his prize of a free season on the 2016/2017 Algarve Pro Golf Tour. This is a prize worth more than £4,000 and he was understandably delighted.
The second of the Five, 4 tournament Mini Order of Merits starts at Magnolia Park next week. Another free season on the 2016/2017 Algarve Pro Golf Tour can be won and it could be you joining Richard Bentham on the Algarve.
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