King decrees success in first Heathland Classic

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Lindrick professional John King is already looking forward to hosting the 2015 Mercedes Benz South Yorkshire Heathland Classic, after a thrilling 2014 event.

Two golfers from Wakefield came from behind to scoop the first ever Heathland Classic title, after three days and 54 holes of competition.

One hundred and eighty players took part in the two ball betterball pairs stableford, with prizes from Footjoy, Titleist and Ping on offer.

Mercedes Benz of South Yorkshire were also offering a new C220 to drive for a year to any player holing in one at a nominated par three at each of the three venues – Notts Golf Club at Hollinwell, Sherwood Forest Golf Club and Lindrick.

After a fine start at Hollinwell, the golfers were all brought back down to earth at Sherwood Forest as the weather turned extremely wet.

Hours elapsed with the distinct threat of a complete wash out, but course staff worked tirelessly to keep the layout playable, and eventually the clouds parted and play resumed.

The leaderboard was tightly packed ahead of the final round at Lindrick.

The sun returned and a dramatic change occurred on the leaderboard as Mark Booth and Simon Clare from Wakefield Golf Club accrued 41 points to take the inaugural Heathland Classic title.

The duo took away a crystal trophy and got themselves free entry to defend their title at the same three venues in 2015.

Head professional at Lindrick and Lee Westwood’s former coach King said: “The formula for playing three premier courses over a three day event in a friendly yet competitive environment is a winning one.”

“The weather was a little frustrating for June and it took a great effort from the staff at Sherwood to complete 18 holes after a suspension of play.”

“The feed back has been very positive, so we are looking forward to a great event again next year.”