Povey claims Herts Bowl
AFTER Nick Pateman had made the first move by winning the King George V Coronation Cup at Porters Park, it was his county colleague Graham Povey who took over a day later to win the Herts Stag at Moor Park and claim the Herts Bowl for the best aggregate f
AFTER Nick Pateman had made the first move by winning the King George V Coronation Cup at Porters Park, it was his county colleague Graham Povey who took over a day later to win the Herts Stag at Moor Park and claim the Herts Bowl for the best aggregate for the two events.
Pateman was always in control over his home course on Saturday after beating his own record in the morning by a stroke with a six under par 64, following with 69 to take the title and be seven shots ahead of Povey, who had rounds of 69 71.
Then on Sunday it was Povey, from Brickendon Grange, who made the running to win the Herts Stag with rounds of 69 and 70.
Povey's combined score for the two days of 279 won him the Herts Bowl by one stroke from Ryan Newman (Brookmans Park), with three players on 284 - Greg Schmidt Matt Wallace and Pateman.
Both Pateman, 23, and Povey, 22, have shown excellent form this season, with Pateman winning the Herts Championship for the second time, and Povey, leading the field at Abridge in the regional qualifying for the Open Championship.
At Porters Park Pateman produced a superb record-breaking display. Starting at the 10th he birdied both opening holes. Despite dropping a shot at the next, he then birdied three in a row and added another to be five under after nine holes. After birdies at the first and second holes he bogeyed the sixth to be one under for the second nine, finishing six under 64.
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In the afternoon, he followed with birdies at one, six, nine and 13, and bogeys at the fourth and 11th for 69 and 133 total.
At Moor Park, Povey was going well with a first round 69, putting him a stroke ahead of John Ambridge, David Wells and Tom Speyer, but two unlucky breaks in the afternoon, each costing him a double bogey, set him back.
After three putting the par three 12th his fortunes changed as he eagled the par five 13th followed by birdies at 15 and 16, holing from 15ft and 20ft. Pars at 17 and 18 gave him 70 for a 139 total, two strokes ahead of Greg Schmidt.
TOM LEWIS reached the third round of the English Amateur Championship at Rye before going out at the 21st hole to Keenan Farren of Sunningdale.
Earlier Lewis won his matches by four and three, and five and four.
Herts colleagues Tom Brown and James Watts lost in the first matchplay round by two and one and by two holes respectively.
Earlier Lewis scored two consecutive eagles as he played his part in England's win in the Boys Home International at Hankley Common.
On the final day in defeating Ireland 12-3, Lewis eagled the par five 13th then holed his second shot for eagle at the par 14th, as he won his singles match six and five.
HANNAH BURKE needed an eagle at the 18th hole to go into a play-off for the English Ladies Stroke Play Championship at Enmore Park, but her putt narrowly missed.
She had to settle for runner-up to winner Charlotte Wild.
Charlie Douglass tied 11th.