Whetstone Golf Club professional, Craig Shave, won the Midland Masters at Kedleston Park thanks to two timely birdies coming down the stretch. This year’s 36-hole event took place with more than 80 Midlands professionals battling it out for the £1,050 top prize. The tournament went down to the wire, before Shave was eventually crowned champion, six years after missing out in a play-off for the 2009 title.
Two rounds of 69 were enough to see Shave home by one from the quartet of Simon Lilly, Paul Streeter, Jak Hamblett and Matthew Cort, none of whom was able to produce the closing birdie required to take it into extra time. Shave played his final seven holes in three-under, including crucial back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17, having previously eagled the 579-yard penultimate hole in round one.
In the team pro-am that preceded the event, Nicholas Taylor from Branston Golf and Country Club grabbed a closing birdie to see four pros share the individual title on four-under-par 68. Matthew Cort, Andrew Willey and Matthew Hodgkiss were the others to join Taylor on 68, with Willey and Hodgkiss also triumphing in the ‘best two scores from four’ team event on nett 128. Cameron Clark’s Moor Hall team came third on 129.
Shave’s victory in the main event elevated him to fourth in The PGA in England (Midlands) 2015 Order of Merit after the opening two events. He commented, “Thankfully, I didn’t need a play-off this time, although I enjoy playing here at Kedleston. The course was in excellent condition.”
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Pictured from left: Nigel Cleaver Kedleston Park GC captain and Craig Shave