Dunes Golf Centre played host to the first Mini-Major of the year as the Short Game Zone was transformed in to a mini Augusta National Course.
The nine hole layout tested golfers of all abilities in a chip n putt event spread over the same four days as the real US Masters event.
Each competitor could enter as many times as they wanted right up until the cut off time of 3pm on Sunday.
With sponsorship from Ping and Dunes Golf Centre a prize table worth over £450.00 was up for grabs!
Michael Alexander set the pace on day one with a score of 25. Lucy Watt had a 30 for the best women’s score and five year old Kameron Brown led the way in the 12 and under category with a 37.
Day two saw a new overall leader as Marc Palmer shot a 22 late on in with Neil Thomson and Mark Dunbar both two shots back on 24. Billy Myers stormed in to the junior lead with a 30 as Kameron Brown improved by two on the previous day for a 35.
Debbie Angus joined Lucy Watt with a 30 and Diane Wisely hit the ladies leaderboard with a 34.
Day three is commonly known as ‘moving day’ in the majors but despite a glorious day weather wise, nothing changed at the top. The dry conditions coupled with a ‘double-cut’ in the morning meant the green was lightning quick and perhaps contributed to the higher scoring.
However, Kameron Brown once again bettered his score, this time posting a 32 to move within two of Billy Myers. Kristen Killoh moved in to 3rd place with a 35.
Roma Norvaisiene joined Debbie and Lucy on 30 in the ladies event but nothing changed at the top of the Men’s event.
Sunday attracted a huge turnout with 67 rounds played throughout the final day.
12 and Under
12 year old Luke Allan scored a fantastic 26 to win by four from Matthew Cardno, also 12 and Billy Myers, 9. Matthew had the better back five so pipped Billy for 2nd place.
Just out of the prizes but worthy of a note was young Kameron Brown. He kept trying and once again bettered his score but his 31 was just one shot out of the prizes. At just five years old I am confident his day will come – just keep playing and having fun Kameron!
A super turnout of ladies contested a closely run event and the final day saw some changes at the top. Kathleen Mollison surged in to the lead having shot a 27 and her playing partner Eleanor Buchan was just one shot back on 28. Lucy Watt was stuck on 30 but her determination paid off as she also shot 27 and won the event on a countback.
Ladies Masters Champion – Lucy Watt donning the famous Green Jacket
Despite the efforts of many, no one could topple Marc Palmer’s Friday score of 22. Both Peter Laird and Craig Stephen came closest with scores of 23. Peter took second place thanks to a better back 5 leaving Craig having to settle for third.
In total 154 rounds of golf were played over the four days and we were delighted to see so many families out there enjoying playing together.
Our mission is to grow participation in the game and we know what a wonderful sport it is for families to play together.
The Short Game Zone is a permanent fixture at the Golf Centre and is available to play all year round, 7 days a week. It costs just £2.50 for all day play and with a whole host of different games available it will entertain you and the family for hours. Club and ball hire is free of charge too!
The Mini Majors are going to be a permanent fixture at Dunes so see we look forward to seeing you at the next one:
- Mini US Open 15th to 18th June Sponsored by Taylormade
- Mini Open 20th to 23rd July Sponsored by Callaway
- Min PGA 10th to 13th August