Kinnear Breaks His Duck
Paul Kinnear won his first professional event at Park Wood Golf Club with a fine performance against a strong field which included some Challenge Tour and former European Tour players.
Kinnear was the model of consistency scoring 5 under par 67’s in both rounds to win by a comfortable three shots from David Dixon and prolific winner Jamie Abbott.
The first round was the property of former European Tour winner Dixon who shot an error free 7 under par 65 to lead by 2 from the rapidly improving Marcus Sewell and the eventual winner, Kinnear.
The second round produced some early fireworks with Lewis Atkinson and the irrepressible Abbott carding 5 under par 67’s which elevated Atkinson into the prize fund on 4 under par and Abbott into the clubhouse lead on 7 under.
In the final group Dixon was cruising along nicely and maintaining his lead until an unwelcome 6 on the ninth saw him drop back into a tie with Kinnear who then took the lead with a birdie on the tenth hole.
Dixon immediately struck back with birdies on the eleventh and twelfth but then Kinnear drew level with a birdie on the thirteenth to Dixon’s bogey.
Both players parred the next but then Kinnear put the hammer down and birdied the fifteenth and sixteenth and with Dixon making a bogey on the sixteenth Kinnear enjoyed a three-shot lead playing the last.
A standard par at the last saw Kinnear bag his first win as a pro and he certainly looks like he could follow in the footsteps of Dan Brooks, Andrew Johnston and Tyrrell Hatton who also cut their teeth on a Jamega Tour win.
It has to be said that the green staff worked wonders getting the course in a playable condition for both the pro-am and the tournament after torrential rain swamped the course on the Friday night / Saturday morning.
Park Wood is a fantastic venue both for the golf and the hospitality shown to us and also the players by the general manager KJ, head professional Sam and the lovely Barbara behind the bar who worked tirelessly serving up fabulous food and beverages.