A perfect Storm for Mansell
Richard Mansell was the fortunate beneficiary of some awful overnight weather at Studley Wood, which eventually forced us to abandon the second round, so all the scores from day one will stand and the tournament can be closed.
The weather was quiet on the first day and Richard Mansell took full advantage of the benign conditions to shoot a very impressive 10 under par 63 to lead European Tour member James Heath by 3 shots.
Heath, who had come in earlier with his score of 7 under par, would have been quietly confident of at least being tied for the lead at the end of the day.
There were a trio of players tucked in behind Heath, on 6 under par, Max Nichols, Sam Whitehead and Max Jordan, so it was up to them to hunt Mansell down on the second day, which was to be a testing one given the wet and windy forecast.
Well, what a difference a day makes, due to the biblical weather overnight and continuous rain through the morning it was decided, due to the size of the field to cancel the second round.
This is obviously not ideal, as we do everything in our power to ensure that tournaments are completed but because all the players have played one round, we can close the tournament and pay out the full prize fund.
Studley Wood was, as usual, a very welcoming and enthusiastic host to us and the players, everyone enjoyed the tournament, albeit a rather foreshortened one and we would recommend it to golfers everywhere.