Canter to the title but surely Moore to come
Cumberwell Park golfer Laurie takes first Jamega Golf Pro Tour win at Players Club but 18-year-old amateur Bradley Moore looks a future star
LONDON, UK 21st August 2015
It took Laurie Canter just one hole on the final morning of an extended Jamega Tour Pro Golf Tour event at The Players Club in Gloucestershire to wrap up victory, but it was the 38 that preceded it the day before where the drama lay.
The Cumberwell Park golfer, 25, had halved the first two holes of a play-off with Jack Heasman but been forced to postpone the outcome as dark set in. When they returned on to play the par four 14th, Heasman found the sand, Canter held his nerve, and two putts from 25 feet proved enough for a first professional title.
After the first day had been washed out with heavy rain, two rounds were squeezed in and the pair finished tied on 12 under par alongside 18-year-old amateur Bradley Moore.
Moore, from Kedleston Park, Derbyshire, was the talk of the tournament having scored a first round 63, including a hole-in-one on the 10th, to take a three-shot lead into the second 18 holes.
His form continued with another five birdies and an eagle, but the chance of being the first amateur to win on the Jamega Tour was thwarted by a three-shot penalty on the seventh for a rules infringement for inadvertently playing a ball lying out of bounds.
With no prize money possible, Moore chose not to stay on for the play-off and Canter was magnanimous about the fortunes of the teenager who has already won the Carris Trophy and the British Boys Championship this year.
“Seeing Bradley out there made me feel old, especially when I looked him up and realised he was born in 1997! Golf moves so fast, he’s clearly one heck of a talent and was unlucky not to have scored lower,” Canter said. “After Monday was rained out, I didn’t think the scoring was going to be great. I’ve played a lot of golf at The Players Club and thought four or five under would be a good score, so when I reached 12 under, I did think that would be enough.”
Canter found form on the greens with 13 birdies and two eagles and was thankful for a late switch in technique. “James Hannam, who caddies for me, has been getting on at me to putt left-hand-low for 18 months. I’ve had a solid year on the EuroPro Tour without putting well so said I’d do it, had a few quick lessons and gave it a go. It was the first time I tried it in competition and I think I’ll stick with it for now.”
Canter’s round of 67 and 65 were matched by Essex golfer Heasman’s pair of 66s, with experienced Jamega Tour performer Martin Sell two shots back in fourth. After two runners-up spot and two fourth-placed finishes on the EuroPro Tour this year, Canter felt the first win professional was overdue.
“I had a pretty quick rise in my amateur career, was selected for the Great Britain & Northern Ireland team and played The Open at St Andrews in 2010,” he said. “Turning professional was always on my radar, but I then got beat up for a couple of years and it’s still too early to say if I’ve come out the other side yet.
“I just try and improve every day. It sounds like a cliché, but it’s true. The more you focus on other stuff, the more it gets in the way. You just need to practice hard and work at the right things on a daily basis. I’ve done that much better over the last 18 months, but as I’ve found out, you can go from cock ‘o the walk to a feather duster pretty quickly.”
1st 132 -12 Laurie Canter (67, 65)
Jack Heasman (66, 66)
Bradley Moore (am) (63, 69)
4th 134 -10 Martin Sell (68, 66)
5th 135 -9 Paul Streeter (69, 66)
6th 136 -8 Luke Johnson (68, 68)
7th= 137 -7
Dale Whitnell (68, 69)
Elliot Groves (71, 66)
9th 138 -6 Matthew Moseley (72, 66)
10th= 139 -5
Jamie Adams (68, 71)
Sam Watts (69, 70)
About Jamega Tour
The Jamega Tour was established in 2004 as a fair, open and honest pro golf tour run on behalf of aspiring tournament professionals in southern England. Now in its eleventh year, a series of two-day, 36-hole events provide a competitive challenge for professional and low handicapped amateur golfers.
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