Rupert reigns in Wales

England’s Rupert Kellock claimed his first big win with a four-shot victory in the Welsh Seniors Open title in Pennard.

Kellock (Sunningdale) was the only player to beat par over 54 holes on the hard and bouncy links course near Swansea, finishing on one-under, despite a triple bogey on the third in the final round.

His closest challengers were English senior champion Ian Attoe (Worplesdon), fellow Englishman Tim Whittaker (Beaconsfield) and Nigel Evans of Wales.

This was Kellock’s first win outside of club competitions but he finished fifth in the British Seniors last year and fourth in the English Seniors this year to show good form coming into the event.

“I took the view that the secret to playing Pennard, which I think took everybody two days to work out, was that you are better off being 100 yards from the green in the rough than 150 yards away in the rough so I took driver on most holes,” said the R&A member.

“That made it easier than trying to hit rescue clubs off the tee, I just belted it as hard as I could. The greens are quite small so if you could get on them, you were never too far from the pin.

“I had some bad experiences in the rough, but on the whole I drove the ball very well today and yesterday.”

Wales Golf championships manager David Wilson added, “Congratulations to Rupert, the only player who managed to get under par on a typical links test at Pennard.

“The course was in lovely condition, hard and fast, so thanks to everyone at the club for helping to make this championship such a success.”