Kenny Hutton secured a one stroke victory in the Senior PGA Professional Championship at Foxhills Resort in Surrey. The Downfield-based pro holed a clutch putt for birdie on 16, chipped in for another birdie on the par three seventeenth and then splashed out a 75 foot bunker shot at the last to two-and-a-half feet for par to pip fellow Scot Albert MacKenzie and claim the Bernard Hunt Memorial Trophy. Hutton ended the 54-hole tournament at two under par.
Glyn Davies (Glyn Davies Golf), Stephen McNally (Sunderland Golf Centre), Bernard White (Sutton Green) and Gary Emerson (Remedy Oak) tied third at level par and along with the top 20 all qualify for the PGA Seniors Championship at Stoke by Nayland.
Hutton took the winner’s cheque for £5,250 and commented, “I don’t think I’ve played three better closing holes in my life including definitely the bunker shot of my career when you consider what was at stake. For me this is massive. I’ve done okay in Scotland but I’ve never even won an order of merit on the Tartan Tour. To win something as huge as this, this is the pinnacle for club pros over 50. Hopefully it could be a springboard and build my confidence. Half my problem has been people say I should be doing better and I’m probably the only one who doesn’t believe it. Something like this might just kick me off.”