Race to Wales – Round 1 – Abergele

Monday 24 March 2014 at Abergele Golf Club

Overall Position Player Score Comments Revised Handicap
1 WALLACE, M 34 pts (18) Overall Winner 17.6
2 Wallace, Keith 32 pts (22) Overall Runner-Up 22.2
3 Overton, Michael 29 pts (16) Overall Third 16.4
4 Champaneria, Kirit 29 pts (24) Away
5 Standing, Dave 27 pts (10) 10.2
6 Furnish, Paul 21 pts (27) Away

Inaugural ‘Race To Wales’ 2013 tour winner – Jordan Rosser

Jordoan-RosserJordan Rosser has become the first recipient of the 2013 ‘Race To Wales’ Trophy. Through his consistent play, determination and hard work, this young man has shown what a exiting talent he’s become on the tour. Congratulations Jordon!

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The inaugural year of the Race To Wales tour got off to a great start at Peterstone Lakes, where a strong field of 15 players took part. In what was a rather wet affair, a not so short young Jordan Rosser, stormed his way through a strong field to become victorious – it was obviously going to be a good year for the ever improving young welsh talent! Jordan shot his beast round of his young career through tough conditions, so the obvious hard work over the winter period had paid off.

The second event at Cradoc saw Jordan battle with his disabilities and unfortunately had to retire before finishing the round. This allowed fellow Welshman Laurence Sandbrook to take the event win and lead the tour. Not to be undone, Jordan showed his grit and determination at Wernddu, the 3rd event on tour, and secure 3rd spot. This was a good turnaround in form, because amazingly, Laurence Sandbrook holed his first and to our knowledge the first disabled HOLE IN ONE. Unfortunately both their efforts were eclipsed by eventual winner Captain Keith Wallace, who now took a share of the tour lead with Laurence, with Jordon close behind.

On a gloriously hot day with firm greens, the 4th event at Alice Springs near Usk, Jordan had to settle for 2nd place. He was continuously in the mix, but a superb round from playing partner Mark Merrit stole the show and took the win. Jordon was now clear by 22 points in the overall standings by the halfway stage of the tour.

The next 2 events at Bryn Meadows and Glamorgan Golf Club was aptly named “The Jordan Show”, taking back to back wins to increase his lead. Keith and Mark however were not going to let him run away with it and were still hot on his tail.

Event 7 at Raglan Park was the hottest day of the year, on a course where everyone seemed to struggle with the heat. A returning Laurence came back and ‘Nett birdied’ the final 4 holes to take the win from club house leader Mark Merritt, who closed the gap to tour leader, Jordon Rosser.

Event 8 was the Wales Open at Rhondda GC which saw a large field of players battle it out in tough conditions. Adrian Styles took the win, but with tour points still on offer, Mark Merritt closed the gap to Jordan (who finished 3rd), by finishing runner up.

The 9th event was Captain’s Away Day. Forest Hills was the venue, which being Keith Wallace’s home course, decided to invite everyone. On a brisk day, all the regulars turned up along with some fellow English members, who enjoyed a great days golf all round. Mark Merritt or Keith Wallace needed a win to take the tour to the final event, but an out or sorts Keith and an injured Mark gave Jordan the chance to finish the job off. This he did superbly by playing a solid round in difficult conditions to take fourth place.

Jordan wasn’t aware of what he had done until nearly 3 weeks later where it was decided that the presentation of the Race To Wales 2013 Winner would be more fitting by presenting it at the Wales V England “The Oldfield Trophy” match.

Below you can see Jordan surprised with the presentation and very happy with his tour jacket and claret jugs for winning “The Race To Wales Tour 2013″RTW-trophy-winner-2013