Russell reigns champ in the return of the Pro-Am
On Friday 20th May Muswell Hill Golf Club saw the return of its Pro-Am tournament after a 20 year absence, attracting over 100 competitors.
Despite windy conditions the course was set up to be a fair test of golf and this benefitted eventual winner Raymond Russell (Centurion Club) who carded the only sub 70 round of the day, a fine 4 under par 67 which included an eagle at the par 4 13th hole.
Russell, who has a top 5 Open Championship finish to his name was full of praise, he said:
"The course is in fantastic condition, the greens are immaculate. Ten years ago I lived nearby and played here just the once in the rain. Today the course is vastly different."
Entrants included past and present European Tour professionals as well as many of the PGA East Region's current talent, most of whom expressed how the return of the Pro-Am to Muswell Hill was long overdue.
Current Challenge Tour member Robert Coles said:
"Having not been here for almost 20 years I was delighted to find out how challenging and enjoyable it is to play here today. The course is in great condition. If I could putt on greens like this every day I'd be more than happy."
Coles finished in a tie for 2nd place on 1 under par.
The winning team came home with a very impressive combined total of 14 under comprising of Muswell Hill’s very own assistant professional James Wood, his father Alan Wood and uncle’s Dean Wood and Mick Martin.
Owing to the praise of the competitors and success of the event, Muswell Hill will look to cement this fixture in the diary to make it an annual occurrence for years to come.