Stunning September for Paul ends with lowest

Date: Friday 29th September 2017

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KESWICK Golf Club member Paul Jenkinson has had a month to remember.

It began with him making his long overdue debut for Cumbria’s first team in their match against Yorkshire at Hessle Golf Club, near Hull.

Although the team suffered a heavy defeat, Jenkinson’s performance means he should become an established member of the team in the future.

Due to the Cumbria match clashing with Keswick Golf Club’s finals day, the club championship final had to be put on ice until Saturday. Jenkinson was bidding to defend the title he had won last year and his opponent was a first-time finalist, Jake Doolin.

Although there was a huge gap in handicaps between the two competitors, an eager Doolin competed well against the far more experienced former PGA professional. The latter closed out the match on the 26th hole of the 36-hole final to become champion for a fourth time.

The best was yet to come, however, for 45-year-old Jenkinson, who works as a primary school teacher at Carlisle’s Belle Vue School.

On Sunday he took part in Keswick’s champion of champions tournament and had one of those rare days on a golf course where everything seemed to click.

His round got off to a flyer with a birdie on the very first hole, although this shot was handed straight back on the difficult par three second. A steady par at the third preceded an unbelievable burst where Jenkinson played the next 12 holes in an astonishing nine under par.

Birdies came at holes four, five, nine, 11, 12, 14 and 15, with the icing on the cake an eagle three on the seventh hole. A missed six footer for birdie on the 16th could be forgiven, and two steady pars to finish meant the remarkable round added up to a spectacular nine under par gross score of 62.

This represents the lowest ever score recorded at the Threlkeld Hall course by three shots, and were it not for preferred lies being in force following recent wet weather it would have deservedly been a new course record.

As a +1 handicap golfer Paul’s net score became a 63 which naturally was the winning score on the day. On any other day Steve Dowson’s net 68 would have stood a great chance of giving him the spoils but he had to settle for second place, with Keith Burns taking third with a net 72.