Sam Pain secures dramatic play-off victory in Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club club championships (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Sam Pain secures dramatic play-off victory in Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club club championships
SAM Pain secured a dramatic play-off victory in Cleobury Mortimer’s club championships - and dedicated the title to his late grandfather George.
Pain is poised to turn professional and realised it was his last chance to win the coveted club title.
He pipped runner-up Josh Carpenter in a first-ever play-off in the history of the club’s two-day championships. Jack Pringle, who shot 144, finished in third spot.
The jubilant Pain said: “Josh is a brilliant player and it was a great contest. I am over the moon to finally get this trophy having come so close in previous years.”
Pringle led the field with a gross 68, from Carpenter, 69 and Pain, 70 after the opening day.
But with three holes to play, Pain held a twoshot lead over Carpenter but found water on the 17th and this opened the door for his rival.
The duo finished level - on 142 - after 36 holes to take the championship to a play-off. Both players hit huge drives, achieving pars on the first extra hole but, on the second extra hole, a par-three, Carpenter missed the green.
Pain landed his drive about 12 foot from the hole and Carpenter chipped on to leave Pain a putt for the win.
Pain nar rowly missed his attempt and Carpenter was just off target with his 11-foot putt to give Pain his maiden club championship title.
Meanwhile, Nigel Williams won the nett competition by two from second-placed Alex Barnes, while Paul Bowers took third.
Williams had led the way on the opening day with a nett 63 and was followed by Bowers, 65, and Gary Mann, 65.