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Friday, September 6, 2013
Pair finish fifth in Lombard Trophy pro-am
Saunton Golf Club PGA Professional Albert MacKenzie and amateur Will Hunt claimed a share of fifth place in the Lombard Trophy at Gleneagles.
The Devon pair carded rounds of 67 and 70 to finish at seven-under for the £43,500 tournament – four shots behind the Kedleston Park duo of Ian Walley and Ian Neal.
MacKenzie and his 16-handicap partner were competing against 15 other clubs from the UK over the PGA Centenary Course and savouring the challenge which will face the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in next year’s Ryder Cup.
The pair led after the first round with MacKenzie paying tribute to his teenage partner’s putting skills, which saw him grab a string of birdies.
“His putting is quite unbelievable for someone who genuinely plays off a 16 handicap. It is quite extraordinary,” said MacKenzie.
“Give him a line and he is just threatening the hole from all over the green.”
Barnstaple-based Hunt, who only got his first handicap 12 months ago after travelling around the world, said: “When you are playing with a pro who knows where it is going to break it certainly helps. Putting makes up for the other areas in my game.
“It has been an unbelievable experience to come here and sample Gleneagles since I haven’t played golf outside of Devon. The only downside is having to share a room with my dad.”