Holland wins at Peel and Nugent is crowned KHG Senior Open Champion

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Golf series comes to a close at Peel

THE final leg of the KHG Funds Senior Open was held at Peel Golf Club last Friday, sponsored by MBL Financial, with more than 120 competitors finding the course in glorious sunshine.

The course was in excellent condition, benefiting from the hard work the greenkeepers put in for hosting the Isle of Man Golf Championships the last month.

The fairways smooth, the rough generous and the greens running true. The pins were placed in some tricky positions offering up the courses defence; Peel Golf Course looked inviting and set the tone for an enjoyable day’s golf.

The competitors arrived to the usual warm KHG hospitality, with a bacon roll and a coffee to set them on their way. The popular KHG halfway house was in full swing offering mochas and hot chocolate for the early runners. However, the afternoon competitors, feeling the heat opted, for the cooler refreshments and the bar had to be restocked!

The scores reflected the good weather conditions and 21 players had 36 points or more. For the 100 competitors who could play to their handicap, they were welcomed off the 18th green to a new addition, the KHG Pimm’s and disco stand. Some of the later competitors made it to the 1st tee via the stand!

Gordon Pairman had a solid round and the Rowany man held his nerve and finished nett two-under for the last six holes to secure third place. Jeff Oates got off to a flyer, the Peel golfer using all his local knowledge to go out with four nett birdies and five nett pars for 22 points.

However, he could not hold onto his lead as Henry Holland from Castletown, who had 10 nett birdies in total out in 21 points, back in 20 to beat Oates on the back nine. Both competitors scoring 41 points on a fine scoring day.

The nearest-the-pin prizes went to Rosie Mellor who was in the first group out on the 2nd and John Mitchell on the 17th, with two very close efforts. The day sponsor MBL Financial had a memorable day as one of their staff, John Shields, holed his four iron on the 6th for a hole-in-one.

MBL Financial chief executive officer David Wilkinson stated: ‘It’s great to be part of such a prestigious and well-organised event. It provided a great opportunity to showcase MBL Financial and we are looking forward to being part of the event in 2012.’

The race for the KHG Senior Open Champion (the best combined score over the three events) has seen Seamus Nugent in the lead after two rounds from Heather McKenna and Rosemary O’Donohue.

Nugent held his nerve with a fine 36 points under pressure and was matched hole-for-hole by Heather McKenna with a fine 34, Rosemary O’Donohue was pipped to third place by Harold Faragher who carded a strong 39 points to secure the final podium spot.

The prize presentation and buffet was held at Peel Golf Club shortly after the final cards were handed in. The clubhouse was full of smiles as the winners for each event was announced and the organisers confirmed the series is returning in 2012 bigger and better format.

KHG Funds staff would like to thank the competitors, sponsors and golf courses for making the inaugural event a great success. For more information contact either Debbie Gardiner or Gerald Bradley on 653800 or visit www.khgfunds.com for a full results breakdown.

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