Hunt Bursts Back To Form To Win Cotswold Hills Pro-Am

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Hunt Bursts Back To Form To Win Cotswold Hills Pro-Am

Toby Hunt

Toby Hunt burst back into form with an outstanding seven-under-par 65 to win the Cotswold Hills pro-am on a day of low scoring in immaculate conditions in Gloucestershire.

The St Mellons teaching professional, who plays on the Mena Tour in Dubai during the winter, collected five of his seven birdies on the easier back nine as one of several players who did not drop a shot.

Former European Seniors Tour winner George Ryall (Worlebury) was one of them, making four on the way home. He was second for several hours until he was joined by Daniel Whitby-Smith (Whittington Heath), visiting with his team from the Midlands and teeing off in the 42nd and final group.

He also made seven birdies but started with a bogey at the first. He carded the best back nine of the day with six birdies.

Hunt produced the form he showed in finishing runner-up in last season’s Welsh National Championship and during his early days as a professional when he won two Assistants titles and featured strongly in Order of Merit events.

Veteran Ryall continues to mature and his consistency was again evident with his six birdies and faultless ball striking.

Three young guns claimed third on 68, among them Order of Merit champion Ashley Mansell (Clevedon) who is getting into his stride once more. After an opening bogey he eagled the seventh and 16th.

Dan Carter (Upavon) and Ross Langdon (Brickhampton Court), who has made a spectacular start to the season, also tied third. Half the field bettered or matched par.

Left-hander Stuart Little (Minchinhampton) is another senior player with class. He shrugged off a wretched start with five birdies in the final ten holes. This helped his trio of Murray Sowerbutts, Bill Bingham and David Griffiths finish on 17-under-par 127 and top the team section.

They were joined on the same score by  Giuseppe Licata (Chipping Sodbury) with Steve Rigby, Jordan Moore  and  Ben Comley and late starter Paul Hendriksen (Ivybridge) accompanied  by  Julian Sutton, Colin Gibson and Roger Downes.

Scores: 65 Toby Hunt  St Mellons £900, 66 George Ryall  Worlebury, Daniel Whitby-Smith  Whittington Heath £625 each, 68 Ashley Mansell  Clevedon , Dan Carter  Upavon, Ross Langdon  Brickhampton Court  £401 each, 69 Giuseppe Licata  Chipping Sodbury, Edward Goodwin  Cirencester, Lee Thompson  Dudsbury,  Michael Watson  Wessex Golf Centre, Sion Bebb  Morlais Castle, Nick Haile  Minchinhampton New , Paul Hendriksen  Ivybridge, £230 each, 70 Stuart Little  Minchinhampton New £160, 71 Joe Stevens  Gloucester Golf Centre,  Lee Corfield  Burnham & Berrow,  Jon Bevan  Sherborne,Adam Curtis  Bude & N. Cornwall, £135 each, 72 Nick Ramshaw  Bristol & Clifton, Tom Motley  South Cerney , Craig Melding  Neath, Richard O’Hanlon  St Kew , £82 each.

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