Melton Golf Club champion Mick Wilson wins stormy Race to Woodhall Spa final

Mick Wilson showed his experience to master the high winds off Storm Brian and win the Race to Wodohall Spa final EMN-171024-094124002
Mick Wilson showed his experience to master the high winds off Storm Brian and win the Race to Wodohall Spa final EMN-171024-094124002
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Evergreen golfer Mick Wilson capped a superb year on Saturday by adding the Race to Woodhall Spa title to his club championship victory.

Mick was crowned Melton Golf Club man’s champion for the fifth time in August - his first title in 17 years.

The six RWS finalists with their caddies alongside the Hotchkin starting clock on the first tee EMN-171024-094109002

The six RWS finalists with their caddies alongside the Hotchkin starting clock on the first tee EMN-171024-094109002

And he maintained his winning form in brutal conditions on the world-renowned Hotchkin Course at the home of England Golf in Woodhall Spa.

His victory also meant no golfer has defended the Melton GC major trophy in its brief four-year history.

Just reaching Saturday’s final was a measure of consistency, with the top 30 in the season-long order of merit – based on 25 competitions – advancing to an 18-hole shoot-out to decide the six finalists.

Order of merit winner Brendan Boyce, an automatic qualifier, was joined at Woodhall Spa by last year’s winner David Poolan, Steve Goddard, Neil Farish, Mick Wilson and Neil Eaves.

The final was played as a stableford competition, but scoring proved difficult with the very high winds thrown at the golfers by Storm Brian.

Wilson got off to a very poor start with just one point in the first two holes.

And after six holes, Boyce and Goddard shared the early lead with 10 points each, followed closely by Wilson and Farish on nine.

At the halfway stage, Wilson and Farish had edged ahead with 15 points apiece, two ahead of both Goddard and Boyce.

Two holes later and it was a three-way tie at the top as Goddard joined the leaders following a birdie.

The wind increased even more on the very tight finishing holes, which suited Wilson, and by the 15th he had established a two-point lead over Boyce, with Goddard and Farish just a further point back.

Wilson hung on in the galeforce winds to crown a great year by winning the final with 31 points, three clear of runner-up Goddard, with Boyce (27pts) completing the top three.