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Ingrebourne Links pitches in to host PGA East Region events and Junior Golf Day

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 August 2018

Dominic Eagle, John Pryor, PGA East order of merit competition winner Andrew Pestell

Dominic Eagle, John Pryor, PGA East order of merit competition winner Andrew Pestell

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Ingrebourne Links Golf & Country Club played host to junior and PGA tournaments over the course of two days earlier this week.

Par three competition winner Luke Goddard with Ingrebourne Links GC chairman John Pryor, runner-up Glen Portelli and third-placeed James TavenerPar three competition winner Luke Goddard with Ingrebourne Links GC chairman John Pryor, runner-up Glen Portelli and third-placeed James Tavener

The complex’s 30-bay driving range and mini links nine-hole course are ideal for beginners learning their skills and more established players aiming to improve theirs.

And the club will eventually boast three nine-hole courses for championships, with the East set to open in 2019 and the South a year later, to join the North, which opened in September 2017.

Monday saw the PGA East Region Par 3 Championship played on the Mini Links, with 65 professionals from all over the East of England, including local professionals, competing in an 18-hole event sponsored by Ingrebourne Valley Ltd.

Luke Goddard of Hendon GC won with a score of seven under par, before Tuesday hosted the annual junior golf day for 70 youngsters from all over Essex, aged seven to 14.

Spanish professional Angel Jiminiz gives a young golfer some tips at Ingrebourne LinksSpanish professional Angel Jiminiz gives a young golfer some tips at Ingrebourne Links

Tuition was provided by local professional Darren Turner and his team and Epping’s Charlie Crocker, 11, won the event played on the Mini Links course.

A PGA East Region event was also played on the Championship North course for the first time, which was also sponsored by Ingrebourne Valley Ltd and formed part of the 2018 season’s Order of Merit.

Professionals travelled from all over the East of England to play the inland links style course and compete for the £2,500 prize.

And the club received fantastic reviews from the professionals who played, with the course proving one of the toughest tests in the East Region PGA calendar.

Chelmsford’s Andrew Pestell was eventually crowned the winner with a five-under par score and Ingrebourne Links general manager Dominic Eagle said: “We have had a fantastic few days at the club. It’s great to see golfers of all ages and standards enjoying the game!

“We’ve seen children from as young as seven who are starting their golfing journey right through to PGA professionals competing on the Championship North course.

“We’ve hosted our Junior event for the past five years now, and it’s great to see some of the children who started out with us coming back and developing as golfers. You never know, one could be the next golfing superstar!”

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