West Midlands: Club golfer shoots 59 to win Banbury Town Cup

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James Burton scores 10 birdies on way to flawless gross 59

James Burton broke 60 and his own course record at Tadmarton Heath to retain the Banbury Town Cup.

The 37-year-old carded 10 birdies and no bogeys on his way to a flawless gross 59 in Sunday’s open medal competition.

“I hadn’t played for three weeks,” said the one-handicapper. “The last time I played my putting was terrible, so I re-gripped my putter and lengthened it and it certainly made a difference.”

Burton began with five birdies in six holes. He went to the turn in 28 and had a further four birdies on the inward nine to come back in 31.

‘I didn’t know what I had finished with until my playing partners told me in the end.’ He said: “I sank a 20ft putt on the first green which was probably the longest putt I had all day and that settled my nerves. I holed good putts on the next three holes and my confidence grew. I’m just really pleased that I kept it going. 

“After the 12th hole I decided not to think about my overall score and I genuinely didn’t know what I had finished with until my playing partners told me in the end. I think they were more excited than I was.”

Burton became an assistant professional when he left school but realised it wasn’t for him and returned to playing golf for fun when he was in his mid-20s. His previous course record of 62 came in a Stableford round.

The ladies’ Bache Hay Cup was won by Margaret Moggridge with a nett 72 on count back from Caroline Wheatley.

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