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Pain is crowned the champion
6:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in Sportsview
SAM Pain held his nerve to win his first ever Club Championship at Cleobury Mortimer.
Pain, who is about to become a professional, saw off Josh Carpenter in a play-off to take the gross score title.
The tournament can be hailed as one of the best ever with one of the biggest fields in its history taking part.
Saturday’s conditions were very favourable with Jack Pringle leading the gross with a 68, from Carpenter 69 and Pain 70.
The in-form Nigel Willams led the way in the nett section with a 63, closely followed by Paul Bowers 65 and Gary Mann 65.
On day two of the championships, Bowers battled hardto finish third in the nett and Barnes also put in a awesome score to finish second.
However, Willams held his nerve despite picking up a nine on the eighth hole to win the nett category by two.
But there was drama in the gross score category.
Pringle ended up third overall with a total of 144 but Pain and Carpenter had to battle it out in the first-ever play-off for the title, which Pain clinched on the second hole.
“I am not going to lie, I was nervous, Josh is a brilliant player and it was a great contest,” said Pain.
“I am over the moon to finally get this trophy having come so close in years gone by.
“I plan on turning professional shortly and knew this was my last chance, I would like to dedicate my win to my Grandad George who sadly passed away last week.”
Meanwhile, Burlish Park saw off Bewdley Pines and Little Lakes to win the Bewdley Cup at the weekend.
After Saturday’s four-ball better-ball only three points separated the teams.
But a strong performance from Burlish Ladies proved to be the difference, while solid scoring from the men made sure captain Dave Edwards lifted the trophy.
Burlish Park scored 989 points, Little Lakes 965 and Bewdley Pines 911.
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