Kieran Thomas and amateur partner Justin Williamson from Ullesthorpe Court Golf Club cleared up at the TGI Golf TaylorMade-adidas Amateur Championship final at Wentworth winning both the team and individual amateur prizes.
The pair joined a prestigious list of Wentworth winners, including Luke Donald, Ernie Els and Colin Montgomerie as they saw off the challenge of 22 other Pro and Amateur pairs from the TGI Golf Partnership.
With the leading amateur and team both receiving prizes it was a clean sweep for the boys from the Midlands with 11-handicapper Williamson winning the individual with a respectable 33 Stableford points, and picking up the team event with a combined score of 63.
Greenore PGA Pro Robert Giles and his amateur partner Paul Byrne were second with 62 points, while West Bradford Pro Paul Stancliffe and Alan Low were third a further point behind. In the individual amateur event Cruden Bay’s Lewis Cruickshanks was second on countback, three points behind Williamson, while Low picked up the third prize.
In order to qualify for the grand final, TGI Golf Partners staged qualifiers at their respective clubs, with TMaG supplying prizes for those finishing in first, second and third. The winner of each qualifier across the UK was automatically placed on a national leaderboard, where the top 22 players, along with their TGI Golf Professional went to Wentworth.
Williamson, who won the Ullesthorpe Court qualifier with a nett score of six-under, said: “I’m still in a bit of a shock to be honest, I can’t believe I won and have these amazing prizes to look forward to.
“It was an amazing experience to be able to play Wentworth, it’s without doubt the best course I’ve ever played, the whole day was so well organised and we were truly made to feel like Tour golfers for the day.”
The amateur first prize was an all-expenses paid trip to the TMaG Centre of Excellence in Herzogenaurach, Germany where he’ll be analysed on the company’s Mat-T System and be fitted for new TaylorMade clubs as well as visit the adidas global headquarters.
Thomas, who was playing his first ever round at Wentworth, and with his partner for the first time, said: “It was an amazing experience to play such a great course and to win on our first visit capped the day off.
“These TGI events are always so well organised, it is great to experience them with our members and with prizes like this it gives them a real incentive to play in our own events at the club.”
Adele McLean, TGI Golf Events Manager, said: “This event gives our Partners the perfect opportunity to treat their members to a first class venue and accompany them on an experience they are unlikely to forget.
“The last five events have been staged at some of the UK’s best golf courses, including The Belfry, Royal County Down and now Wentworth. The amateur golfers are always blown away by the event and I have no doubt they head back to their clubs, tell everyone about their experience, encourage others to enter and support their club pro.”