Royal Ashdown member, Andrew Smith, has won the Sussex County Amateur Golf Championship, on his home course. In bitingly cold weather for the first week of June, Smith held off a determined challenge from Alasdair Dalgliesh of Haywards Heath to triumph 2&1.
Smith, 48, last competed in a final 22 years ago. He said, on receiving the trophy, ‘To win on my home course in front of many friends and my 11 year old son, Ollie, is quite simply fantastic.’
With Smith four up with four holes to play, Dalgliesh threw down the gauntlet by driving the 312 par four 15th for birdie and draining a 30 foot putt on 16 for another.
Smith closed out the match on 17 when both players parred the 486 yard par four.‘What a way for me to celebrate the Royal Ashdown’s 125th anniversary,’ said Smith.
Fellow Ashdown members Jon Daly and Richard Darlington also scored sufficiently well during the qualifying rounds to join Smith in winning the Sussex Amateur team event pipping a powerful Worthing contingent on count back.