James Mynott’s decisive birdie blitz wins PGA regional played at Bentley in Essex
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ELY golfer James Mynott conjured up a magical spell of scoring at Bentley to secure a regional PGA victory – his first since 2015.
The PGA professional at St Ives Golf Club defeated a select field that included European Tour veteran Rob Coles and past Tour winner Mark Davis in the invitation only match at the Essex club on Thursday (22).
The Ely-based golfer grafted hard on the front nine without any sparks flying at the Essex venue.
But a birdie two at the short 12th hole lit the touch paper for a scoring spree that ultimately proved decisive.
He picked up another stroke at the next and then holed a monster putt – the best part of 60 feet – for another birdie on 14.
Mynott said: “I made a really long putt from right at the front of the green. It was perfect and just dropped in.
“Then I hit my best drive of the day at the 15th to just short of the green before pitching from 30 yards to an inch.
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“At the 16th I thought I’d hit it too far right but the ball was in the middle of the fairway and I had a wedge which went to 12 feet.
“It was a difficult putt and I had to aim two feet outside the hole but it just dropped in.”
Mynott could even afford a dropped shot at the last as he finished with a five-under-par 67 to win by a stroke from the experienced Steve Cipa.
He added: “I don’t think I’ve had five birdies on the trot in a competition before.
“I’m pleased to win again after my first one at Rayleigh. I had a couple of second places last year at West Essex and Ely so to have finally won again feels good. It just gives you that bit of confidence, knowing you can do it.”
Mynott’s next tournament will be the King’s Lynn Pro-Am at King’s Lynn Golf Club, Castle Rising on July 17,.
The course is described as one of the finest inland courses in England and arguably the best in Norfolk. The tree lined undulating fairways now form a mature 6609 yards par 72 (5783 yards par 74 for ladies) challenge to rival any golf course in England; where golfers of any level should enjoy its fine fairways and greens.