A last hole birdie saw Liam Bond successfully defend the Welcome to Yorkshire Ian Woosnam Senior Invitational at Ilkley Golf Club.
Bond’s closing birdie for a round of 64 was one better than runner-up Matt Cort, with former European Tour winner Jonathan Lomas a shot further back on 66.
Bond said: “I don’t have a very good record in play -offs and I could see from the Golf Genius scoring App that I was tied with Matt Cort at four under after seventeen holes, so I decided that I better birdie my last hole.
“I love this golf course, but I played poorly in the Pro-Am and couldn’t get anything going early on and was just really bumbling along at level after nine. But then I started to think about how much I wanted to retain the title and how good it felt last year and birdied five of my last nine holes.”
His winning birdie on Ilkley’s tricky 349-yard par 4 eighth hole came thanks to a 250 yard lay up shot from the tee followed by a 52-degree wedge shot to just 2’ for a tap in three.
“After winning this twice I’m hoping Ilkley might give me honorary membership which I would gladly accept! This is a great event on a wonderful course and well done to all involved.”
The event was supported by Essex based Texo Scaffolding who sponsored a day one Pro-Am which featured former England defender turned media pundit Danny Mills, Rugby League legend Danny McGuire and Olympic medallist Nile Wilson.
The day two Alliance event, sponsored by Frank Recruitment Group, ran in tandem with the professional event and was won by professional Gary Emerson and amateur Darren Scott from Moor Allerton Golf Club. The tournament was organised for the second successive year by Leeds based SGH Sporting Events in association with Welcome to Yorkshire.
In a post Pro-Am Q&A Woosie tipped Europe to win this week’s Ryder Cup by the narrowest of margins. Successful as a captain at the K Club in 2006 when Europe won by 18½ to 9½ points, equalling their record winning margin, he said: “I expect it to be a tight affair. There won’t be many European fans there to support our boys and it will be very hostile , but I think that will strengthen what is already a strong bond within the team and think we will win by half a point.”
Bond (centre) is pictured with Ilkley member and former Ryder Cup captain Mark James (left) who also competed in the event and Ilkley President Anthony Flather. Picture by Rhian Hughes.