Trio of 63s tie up Dartford

Callaway, Godwin and Ablett split the pot with rounds of six-under-par

West Hill’s David Callaway, Barnehurst’s Jordan Godwin and Lee-on-the-Solent’s James Ablett provided the fireworks at the Dartford Pro-Am, carding six-under-par 63s* to claim their share of the pot and £950 each.

On another blistering day of golf and weather, the three laid on some of the best performances to date to push the 65s carded by the next group of Jon Barnes (Lee-on-the-Solent), Ben Clayton (Hindhead) and Michael Lowe (Leatherhead) into the bridesmaid’s spot.

In the team event, it was Royal Wimbledon’s Richard Edginton and his amateurs who came out on top, equalling the 20-under-par team Ablett but winning on countback.

The cards of the winner’s made for some interesting reading. Callaway reached the turn in two-under, and then put on a birdie blitz through the 10th, 11th and 12th, and then at the 14th and 15th to reach seven-under, before being rudely interrupted at the 16th with an uncharacteristic double bogey. Yet another birdie at the 17th helped, but despite eight birdies, Callaway found himself sharing the top spot.

With his first win of the season just eight days back, Godwin’s card had a similar twist. Out in four-under, two more birdies at the 12th and 14th took him to six-under, but the 16th claimed another victim with Godwin scoring a bogey. A terrific birdie at the final hole made up for the dropped shot, and Godwin joined Callaway at the top.

Ablett made three birdies and a bogey on the front nine to turn in two-under and then fired off four birdies on the trot, with a par at the 14th before notching up yet another birdie at the 15th. Now in the lead on seven-under, that troublesome par three 16th proved the undoing of Ablett’s card as well, as he dropped a shot there too. Pushing for one more birdie to win the event, pars on the 17th and 18th were all he could find for his 63 as he joined his two other colleagues in pole position.

The 16th didn’t prove unlucky for everyone though, as Jon Barnes started his birdie run there on his way to his 65, adding two more at the 17th and 18th, much to the approval of the clubhouse gallery.

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