DAVID Allman ended the season in style by capturing the Wood Bowl, Stamford’s last golfing major of 2017.
The 51-year-old as “absolutely delighted” at his first-ever major after playing the game for more than 40 years.
“I knew it was a good score when I put in my card, but you always expect to be pipped,” explained David.
“It was one of the windiest days we have had at Stamford and professional Mark Smith predicted nobody would be under par so to be six under was a great result.”
David, who has worked as a customer adviser for Hilti GB Ltd for 23 years, returned a score of six up against the course in the bogey competition, two holes clear of runner-up Stuart Mulvaney and three ahead of third-placed Chris Houfe.
And the 16-handicapper – he was off 17 in the competition – puts having lessons with Stamford professional Mark Smith as a reason for his success.
He explained: “Earlier this year I saw Mark and did work on my iron play.
“I had about half a dozen lessons, and this is the fruits of my labour over the summer. It had made a big difference to my game.”
David went out in a four over par gross 39 that included pars on the first, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth, but describes hitting his “worst drive ever” at Jerry Hollow, but scrambling a five.
He has been a member at Stamford for three years after returning to the area after a spell living and working in Morecambe.
“I was looking to join a club with my son-in-law Mike Nelson,” he explained.
“Stamford were offering a deal at the time and, after talking to Mark for about 15 minutes, we decided it was the place for us.”
David added he had never previously come close to winning a major at Stamford or elsewhere.
The goodbye to summer medal was a three-division event.
Top spot in the first division went to Kevin Duffy (70-5-65) from Stephen Lennon (79-12-67) and James Woodcock (73-5-68).
John Grainger (85-16-69) headed division two from Matthew McLeod (85-15-70) while division three saw Kevin Brown (87-18-69) win from David Mills (95-24-71).