Home comfort helped a Worksop golfer to claim his first ever national title last weekend, despite a late, dramatic disaster.
Martin Foulkes lifted the Logan Trophy after winning the English Men’s Mid Amateur Championship at Worksop Golf Club.
But he had to do it the hard way, despite looking home and dry with a four shot lead and two holes to play.
A quadruple bogey eight at the 17th saw him tangle with the rough, and he finished with a level par 72 to shoot 214, two under overall.
That saw him tie with Paul Kirkwood, and the duo entered a sudden death play-off.
Foulkes held his nerve to par the first hole, and when Kirkwood failed to make his putt for a four, it signalled a ‘home win’ for the Worksop man.
A multiple time county champion, Foulkes was delighted with his maiden national trophy.
“This is a massive win for me. I’ve won county events but never a national title.”
“It’s also massive for the club. Playing on your home course brings extra pressure and there were so many good players in the field. I’m delighted.”
Foulkes went into the final round sharing the lead on two under with Scotland’s David Primrose.
But the Worksop man raced away, shooting 32 on the front nine thanks to an eagle and three birdies.
That saw him open a five-shot lead which no one managed to reduce.
It looked a one-horse race with Foulkes seemingly cantering home.
But the 17th came back to bite him.
He drove into the left rough, gained a free drop from a staked tree, then took three more shots to escape before his approach finished short of the green.
A chip and two putts later and his advantage had disappeared.
He said: “In hindsight I should have just chipped out.”
“After that my head was spinning.”
“Before I teed off on 17 I was cruising. I didn’t know the situation but at six under, I didn’t think anyone had got to that and if I could finish four-three I would be okay.”
“Then that happened.”
“It proved more difficult that it should have been but I got there in the end,” he said.
Worksop’s professional Kevin Crossland said Foulkes did well to cope with the high expectations.
“There was a lot of pressure on him going into the event, with it being his home club,” he said.
“But we’re all delighted for him, he’s been winning quite a lot locally and county wide, so he’s getting the rewards for his hard work.”