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The Bendac Championship Preview

The Bendac Championship Preview

June 21st, 2022

We are edging deeper into the 2022 PGA EuroPro Tour season and the next event, The Bendac Championship, will be the fifth of the new campaign.

Cumberwell Park Golf Club and the EuroPro Tour hold a fantastic relationship, we are excited to return once again this week.

After this tournament, we will almost be 33% through the season!

Last Time

John Parry (-15) tasted victory at Cumberwell Park last year, as he finished ahead of three who shared T2.

Parry shot an excellent round of four-under to steal victory, but it was Scotsman Calum Fyfe who entered the final day at the top of the leaderboard.

Fyfe experienced a frustrating final outing, carding three-over to finish T5 and miss out on what would have been his first victory of the previous campaign.

Jamie Rutherford was another figure who endured a difficult afternoon, concluding his round at even par and finishing T5 alongside the Scotsman.

Sam Broadhurst rose up the standings dramatically after a final round score of five-under, whilst Tom Sloman and Joe Brooks shared the runner-up position with him.

Jack Davidson, Ben Hutchinson, Mitch Waite and Steve Surry completed the top 10; the cutline stood at three-under.

Golf Course

Cumberwell Park Golf Club is one of the biggest and stylish golf clubs to reside in the Wiltshire area, with it being the county’s only 45-hole complex.

The facility opened for public play in 1994 and Adrian Stiff was the man responsible for the original design, which is widely regarded as one of his best.

The beauty about Cumberwell is just how much variation is on offer; golfers will experience a blend of woodland, lakes, streams, rolling countryside and characterful natural contours.

18th hole for the EuroPro players

There are nine lakes scattered across the grounds, in addition to many free-flowing streams.

Considering last year’s winning score of -15, we can expect good rates of scoring that may even eclipse the franticness of the IFX Payments Championship.

Field

Jake Ayres will be swiftly returning to the course after his breakthrough win at Studley Wood.

The 29-year-old grinded throughout his final round, culminating with a birdie-birdie-birdie finish to snatch a one-stroke margin over Joshua McMahon – who was in the final group.

Ayres sits second in the Order of Merit, and another win at any point across the season will see him as a firm favourite to gain promotion to the alluring Challenge Tour.

James Allan will be making his fifth consecutive start of the season, and when you sit atop the Order of Merit, why would you not?

Allan has been in phenomenal form all season. He may not have captured that second title yet, but he is an ever-present figure near the top of each leaderboard.

The Essex-based golfer was part of the final group at Studley Wood, but an even par final outing wasn’t enough to secure victory.

Despite not being at his best, he finished with an eagle that propelled him several places up the standings – something that will be invaluable come October.

Josh Hilleard is another member of the top 10 in the seasonal standings to be part of The Bendac Championship field.

The golfer, who resides in Bath, secured his maiden professional victory during The Ignis Management Championship.

Hilleard has previously threatened his consistent form, so he will be desperate to earn a place for next year’s Challenge Tour.

Nick Cunningham will also feature in Wiltshire; he’ll be eager to put last weeks missed cut behind him.

Fortunately, Cunningham does not have to delve too deep into the memory bank to access positive feelings – having triumphed on the EuroPro Tour for the first time only two weeks ago!

We also welcome back Benjamin Jones, who has undoubtedly demonstrated his potential as a touring professional.

Despite only featuring in 75% of the events so far this season, Jones sits in 5th on the Order of Merit.

The Englishman has finished runner-up – T2 – MC in his three starts, highlighting his ability to not only move away from the EuroPro, but to do it so emphatically.

Nick Marsh has opted to miss this week, giving himself a well-deserved break after an electrifying start to his campaign.

No-one has finished with more top 10s than Marsh this season (3), but a good tournament for Jones or Allan could see them equal that feat.

Joshua McMahon will also be participating at Cumberwell, with the Wirral-based golfer enjoying an excellent spell over the last two weeks.

His lowest round of the week at Donnington (64, -8) has seemingly ignited an abundance of belief in the young man.

He was part of the final group at Studley Wood, but a final round 71 (-2) fell just short in keeping Ayres away from the trophy.

McMahon will be an interesting one to keep an eye on across the week, as the Englishman is starting to settle into his rhythm and a win could be imminent.

Considering that Dermot McElroy and David Langley will not be teeing it up in the west country, Ryan Brooks is the final person within the top 10 of the Order of Merit to participate.

Brooks may look back on The World Snooker & Jessie May Championship with regret, having come so close to victory.

What he did prove, however, is that he has the game to compete with the tour’s hottest talent.

After that fantastic finish in Newbury, it was followed with another top 10 in Oxford – this time T6.

That’s now back-to-back top 10s for Brooks and he too is someone who we expect to have a stellar season.

The Bendac Championship will be contested at Cumberwell Park Golf Club from Wednesday onwards – you can follow all the action via our social channels.

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