Neil Mitchell wins Suffolk PGA Town and Country Cars Cup with Dodd in second place

Mitch and Dodd

Neil Mitchell of Bury Golf Range won the Suffolk PGA Town and Country Cars Cup in windy conditions at Felixstowe Ferry.
He beat former England amateur international Lawrence Dodd 5 and 4 in the final. Mitchell went two up after three holes and never allowed his lead to slip.

Dodd, just back from a family holiday in Spain, must have felt they it was not his day on the fourth green when he seemed sure to pull hole back until Mitchell sank a 40-foot birdie putt for a half. Mitchell had six birdies and, although Dodd’s short game was sound, he was unable to sink the vital putts that would have brought him back into the match.

On the 11th Dodd hit two tee shots out of bounds to go four down. He birdied the par-three 12th near the club with a slippery seven-foot putt but found a bunker off the tee at the 13th and it was all over on the 14th green after he missed the short putt he needed to keep him in the game.
Apart from a heavy shower midway through the round the sun was shining. Mitchell’s has found a seam of good form since switching from his belly putter to a short putter. He won the competitive East Region pro-am at Chelmsford and puts down his recent improved form to two things. He has started using a GolfBand for stretching exercises and has been coached by Mark Sturgess at Bourn to sharpen his all round game.

In the semi-final in the morning Mitchell had a tremendous tussle with Chris Smith of Fynn Valley winning at the first extra hole. Both players had chances to clinch victory over the final three holes. Smith was one up on the 16th tee but put his tee shot into thick rough to the left of the green and went back to all square. Smith regained his lead on the 17th after Mitchell missed a four-foot par putt for a half. At the final hole Smith was short with his approach and, although Mitchell missed his seven-foot birdie putt, a par proved enough to draw level. A disappointed Smith again three-putted at the first extra hole.

Dodd was handed a walkover by Tony Dobson in the other semi-final. Dobson opted to travel to Wychwood Park to caddy for his son Hugo in stage one of the PGA European Tour School.

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