Dodd turns tables on Pritchard to win Matchplay Title



Suffolk PGA captain Frank Hill (centre) presents the Ransome Trophy to
Lawrence Dodd after his 4 and 3 victory over Rob Pritchard (right) in the
final of the SPGA Match Play Championship at Thorpeness.

Strong winds and squally showers made for difficult conditions for the rearranged final stages of the Suffolk PGA Match Play Championship at Thorpeness. Robert Pritchard (Cretingham) and Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range), first and second in the qualifying stroke play, met in the final.
Dodd turned the tables on Pritchard with a 4 and 3 victory. He never looked back after taking the lead with a chip-in birdie at the fourth hole.
Although Pritchard was dormie five down he won the par-five 15th with a defiant birdie but a half at the next was not good enough to stave off defeat.
Dodd, who made numerous appearances for England as amateur and played in both the European Tour and Challenge Tour, looked solid all day apart from the occasional wayward drive. In the semi-final he was too strong for Chris Smith (Fynn Valley) winning 4 and 3.
In the other semi-final Andrew Robinson (Southwold) recovered from being four down against Pritchard to draw level with four to play. Pritchard regained the lead at the 15th, Robinson levelled at the 16th but went one down again at the 17th.
Both players were in trouble off the tee at the last. Robinson had to take a drop from a bush on the right. Pritchard was in long wet grass on the left. PGA secretary and referee Terry Broome must have been keeping an eye on his watch as a search party set to work. The ball was found in time and Pritchard found the green with his approach which was all he needed to do.
Semi-finals: L Dodd (Bury Golf Range) beat C Smith (Fynn Valley) 4 and 3, R Pritchard (Cretingham) beat A Robinson (Southwold) two up. Final: Dodd beat Pritchard 4 and 3.

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