10,000 to 1 – Rockliffe Hall’s Ben Lowes Lifts Srixon Amateur Championship

More than 10,000 amateur golfers entered the event, but only one can win and Ben Lowes was crowned Srixon Amateur Champion at four-time Ryder Cup host venue The Belfry.

The Rockliffe Hall Golf Club member from Stockton-on-Tees, scored 36 stableford points around the PGA National Course to win by just two points from Rossmore GC’s Ryan O’Doherty.

The event, which is run by the TGI Golf Partnership sees more than 100 of its PGA Professional Partners use a monthly medal as a qualifier for the event, with each winner going onto a national leaderboard.

The top 24 on that leaderboard then go through to the grand finale to find the overall champion. 

Each competitor was joined on the day by their TGI Golf Partner and the pair also competed in a team event that ran alongside the Amateur Championship. 

Ben and Jon Stacey, Director of Golf at Rockliffe Hall also won the combined event with a score of 70 finishing four points ahead of St Enodoc PGA Pro Nick Williams and his amateur partner Tom Wills. 

Ben said: “I really enjoyed the day; never thought I’d have a chance of winning it was looking forward to a good day’s golf and a good meal

“I got off to a great start which got my confidence up, but then I had a couple of wobblers, blobbed nine and 10, but Jon kept me straight as I was close to losing my mind. , If I hadn’t have had him then I probably wouldn’t have scored again after the ninth. I’ve been working hard with Jon and Martyn Stubbings at Rockliffe Hall to get my handicap down and it’s been working well so far, this has topped it off.” 

Last year’s final was actually staged at Rockliffe Hall, with Jon Stacey working behind the scenes to ensure it ran smoothly, this year he was a winner.

He added: “To host it last year then to come along and win it this year is just fantastic. It truly is a great event for the amateurs, when you think that for a couple of quid to enter a medal they have the chance to come along to a great venue and play in an awesome event.”

Srixon provided a whole host of amazing prizes for the event, including prizes for first, second and third place at every qualifying medal across the UK & Ireland.

Dean Cracknell, Marketing Manager at Srixon Sports Europe, said: “Our continued support of this event is testament to our backing of the green grass professional. The event continues to go from strength to strength and seeing the excitement and enjoyment among the amateurs and the PGA Professionals is amazing to see.”

For more information visit tgigolf.com.

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As an avid golfer since the age of eleven Dan lives and breathes all things golf.  With a current handicap of eleven he gets out and plays as often as his work life (and girlfriend) allows. Dan confesses to still being like a kid at Christmas when it comes to seeing the latest golf equipment. Having served as GolfPunk’s Deputy Editor, and resident golf geek for the past 13 years and working for golf's oldest brand, John Letters Dan brings to GOLF RETAILING an excellent understanding of the sector.