Dodd Wins Suffolk Open

Lawrence Dodd Suffolk Open winnerLawrence Dodd, the former England amateur international, won the Suffolk Open Championship at Bury St Edmunds where he started his golfing career.

A spectacular third and final round of 66, thought to be a professional course record, left him five shots clear of his closest rivals.

Dodd, who was ineligible to play in this event until he started his PGA training at Bury Golf Range, last October, has now completed the set of Suffolk titles. He won the amateur championship in three times in 2000, 2001 and 2003, the Suffolk match play title in 2001 and 2002 as well as the junior stroke play and match play trophies.

Dodd was the first professional winner of the Faraday Cup since Simon Dainty in 2006. Faraday, incidentally, was the first Suffolk Golf Union president in 1924 and served as president from 1926 to 1935.

Although Dodd started as pre-tournament favourite on course he knows so well it was a different matter after his opening round of 75. He trailed fellow professional Paul Wilby of Haverhill by seven shots with Jack Cardy of Hintlesham lying second with two under par 70 and holder Patrick Spraggs of Stowmarket and Aldeburgh’s Will Wright signing for level par 72.

It was all change on the second day. Spraggs produced a second round of 68 to take the lead at four under par. Few would at that stage have backed against him repeating Robin Mann’s hat-trick of Suffolk Open successes. It was in the final 45 minutes that the real picture emerged. Dodd finished in style with birdies at the final two holes to be five under par for the tournament.

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