Cloke ends season with big win

Andrew Cloke in action.

Andrew Cloke in action.

First published in General Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

OLD Basing golfer Andrew Cloke ended his season on a high by winning the Hampshire Professional Match Play Championship.

The Bishopswood professional beat Neil Bratley (Wellow) 2&1 in the final, which was played over 18 holes at a soggy Liphook Golf Club earlier this month.

Cloke took the lead on the second hole but lost holes four and five to trail by a hole at the turn. He levelled the match at 10 but lost 11 and 12 to go two down with six to play.

However, the Basingstoke golfer then made his comeback, winning three holes in a row to go one up with three to play.

Bratley had the chance to level things on the 16th but missed a five-foot putt and Cloke tied the title up by winning the 17th hole.

Cloke said: “It is my second Hampshire major but I have not won one since 2005 so it has been a while and it’s good to end the year by winning a big tournament.

“It was not the best game, thanks in part to the conditions but also the pressure of it being a final. It was the kind of day where birdies were hard to come by because the greens were starting to hold water.

“I have struggled on the greens a bit this season but it is a nice way to finish the year. I have had a couple of good performances but not really done myself justice.

“Tee to green I have been playing some of my best golf, hitting the ball very well – but I have just not been able to hole the putts.”

Cloke beat Steven Davis (Westridge Golf Centre), Matthew Robbins (Southampton City) and Chris Hudson (Southwood) on his way to the semi-final, where he beat Mark Treleaven (Hayling) 3&2.

The victory is comfortably Cloke’s biggest of the year, though he did also claim first place at the Bletchingley Pro-Am on the Southern PGA tour.

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