Social Golfers Topple the Host in Opening Day Pro-Am

The Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship got off to a fantastic start yesterday with the opening day Pro-Am tournament. 

European Tour legends and Ryder Cup winners got to grips with the tricky Championship course, and it was team Social Golfers that came out on top. Kevin Booth, Matt Wheatcroft, Craig Atkinson and their professional, three times winner of the European Tour, Stephen Dodd, scored -20 to clinch victory. 

The Social Golfer platform allows TSG PRO members to network with fellow society members, with over 20,000 courses and locations online for golf enthusiasts to enjoy across the UK. 

Kevin Booth, member of the winning team, commented on his pride in winning the Pro-Am tournament, and how it was a particularly special win for him: 

“My best friend Ian, unfortunately, can’t be here, and he would’ve been playing, so I’m a substitute for him. So, I’m very honoured and proud to have won on his behalf.  

“He’ll be very proud – he’s been trying to win something like this for a long time. 

“My wife has been on WhatsApp to him all the way around for 18 holes, so he’s been with us all the way. So, this win is dedicated to Ian. He’s a great guy, does a lot for charity, so we did it for Ian.” 

They finished comfortably ahead of the second-placed team Stein Group, scoring -18, which was made up of amateurs Jack Stein, Michael Masters and Sam Bishop, accompanied by their professional, two times winner of 2012 Senior Majors, Roger Chapman.  

Third place went to the headline sponsor Farmfoods’ team, who were joined by none other than tournament host and Golfing Hall of Famer Ian Woosnam OBE, with chairman Eric Herd, Kay Tonkinson and Tyrone Hanlon finishing the day on -17.  

Following the day’s play, the off-course action was equally as enjoyable, with a prize-giving ceremony which saw team Social Golfers presented with their well-deserved prizes. 

In a lavish evening ceremony, Ian congratulated the winners on stage before taking questions from the crowd. However, after scooping third prize in the Pro-Am tournament, Ian will now be looking to claim first prize over the next few days play.  

And as such, the attention now turns to the Alliance event, which will see golfing heavyweights including Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn, former US Open winner Michael Campbell and Ian himself battling it out for the €50,000 prize.    

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