Woolgar looks ahead to Madrid after a flying start in Kenya

Chesterfield pro golfer George Woolgar
Chesterfield pro golfer George Woolgar

George Woolgar received an invitation to the Challenge Tour event in Madrid this week after a third placed finish in the Kenya Open.

The Chesterfield pro made an encouraging start in the first tour event of the year, shooting two under par round of 70 on day one.

He was then able to back this up with a terrific second round of 66, including five birdies in a row on the back nine. This left George eight under par for the tournament and in the top ten going into the weekend.

A score of three under par third round of 69 then put George in a great position for the final day and was only three shots off the lead.

For the final round he was paired with Jose Phillip Lima, a European Tour Legend, in the third to last group.

The final round began well, with birdies on the second, third and eighth holes allowing George to apply pressure on the leader.

The following bogey on ninth left him on 13th under par with nine holes to play and only a few shots off the lead.

Holing the second shot on the 11th from 146 yards then put him in a great position to challenge.

Another birdie on the 16th meant a score of 16 under par with two holes left. However, he just missed a par putt on the eighteenth to finish with a round of 67, five under par.

That final round gave Woolgar a chance of winning the event, but eventually finished third.

“I was delighted to shoot a score like that on a Sunday and to give myself a chance to win from being three back at the start of the round,” said Woolgar.

“In the end I just missed a play off by one shot. This was a great start to my season and exactly what the doctor ordered for the first event. Thank you to my team and everyone that has supported me this week.”