1st August 2017
There is no doubting that it has been a week to remember for the MB Partners golfing stable. Aside from Jordan Smith’s remarkable European Tour triumph (which you can read about here), many other members of our talented playing roster enjoyed strong performances – a summary of which can be found below:
Joining Jordan in Hamburg for the Porsche European Open were Chris Hanson, Duncan Stewart and John Parry. On his return to the European Tour, John enjoyed a solid start thanks to a level-par opening round. Unfortunately a more difficult second day followed and John made for an early exit as rain interrupted the second day’s proceedings. Making way at the same stage would also be Duncan Stewart who, despite an improved second round, also missed the cut.
Proud Yorkshireman, Chris Hanson, did though manage to negotiate his way into the weekend’s rounds thanks to a two-under par opening round and a level-par second. Chris continued his good progress on moving day, gaining another two shots as he headed into on four-under par. For the third time in four rounds, Chris posted a two-under par 70 on the final day to top off an excellent week’s work and earn himself a place in the top twenty, ultimately finishing in T19.
The European Tour’s feeder series headed to Sweden last week for the Swedish Challenge, where Curtis Griffiths would be MB Partners’ sole representative. The Integro-sponsored golfer backed up his recent good form with another positive finish. Consecutive under-par scores helped the Englishman head into the weekend in T26.
The weekend saw Curtis return consecutive level-par scores as he ultimately ended the week inside the top forty in T39, which represented another solid week for the Challenge Tour rookie.
PGA EuroPro Tour
The in-form Nick Marsh headed to Luton last week looking to consolidate his position in the top-five of the Euro Pro Order of Merit and he did not disappoint. A flying start on day one, of six-under par, left Nick just one shot off the lead. This was backed up on day two as the Huddersfield-based golfer gained another four shots to head into the final day with realistic hopes of claiming top spot.
Unfortunately, first-place proved just out of Nick’s control as he carded a final round of two-under par to close the week in T4. Another positive week for Marshy whose excellent season continues.
South of England Amateur Championship
Talented 22-year-old Richard Mansell travelled to Walton Heath Golf Club to take part in the South of England Amateur Championship following an impressive performance at the Tillman Trophy a fortnight earlier.
Unfortunately for the Staffordshire-based player, a difficult first round made it tough going over the course of the week to trouble top of the leader board. That said, Richard bounced back excellently throughout the week in difficult conditions, closing with a final round of 69 – the lowest shot by any of the field in the fourth round. Ultimately this led Richard to a T14 finish as he continues preparations for his switch to the professional ranks.
“Although such a fantastic week for Jordan, there were some other very noticeable performances from our MBP clients. Chris Hanson has really started to turn around his form and put in some quality performances. A top-20 performance on a long and demanding golf course shows he is getting right back on track. Curtis Griffiths has started to string some very solid performances together. He is definitely more comfortable with his surroundings and I expect a big performance to shine through soon. Nick has had another week of contending on the Europro, where he is brimming with confidence and each week he feels like he can go out there and win, which is a great mind-set to be in.”
Duncan Maxim, MB Partners’ Head of Golf.
This week sees a week of rest for our European Tour contingent as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational takes over. John Parry and Seve Benson both make their way to the Finnish Challenge on the Challenge Tour while Nick Marsh is in West Sussex for the Nokia Masters.