Smith soars to top ten finish in Italy

4th June 2018

With the season in full-swing, it was another busy week for the MB Partners golfing stable as Jordan Smith grabbed the headlines thanks to an excellent performance in Italy. The 24-year-old Englishman collected his best ever Rolex Series finish as a total score of sixteen-under-par earned him a share of eighth place at the Italian Open. Elsewhere, Garrick Porteous enjoyed yet another strong week on the Challenge Tour, continuing his good form with a T11 finish at the Swiss Challenge.

European Tour

Fresh from their exploits at the BMW PGA Championship a week prior, Jordan Smith, Chris Hanson and Alexander Björk headed to the Lake Garda course in Italy for the second of two back-to-back Rolex Series events. Heading into an ever-important stage of the season, all three were in search for those vital Race To Dubai points and a good finish.

Starting in solid fashion, both Chris and Alexander recorded level-par opening rounds of 71 in a day of low-scoring at the Gardagolf Country Club. Elsewhere, Jordan got his week off to a flyer finding himself on six-under through eight as he got to grips with the early conditions. Going out in a memorable 29 shots, the back nine proved a little more difficult as the Wiltshire-based golfer ended day one in T24.

Despite both carding under-par scores of two and three-under respectively, Alexander and Chris were left to face a weekend of inactivity as the cut fell at four-under-par. Gaining a further three shots on the second day, Jordan had put himself firmly in contention as the Aggreko-sponsored golfer headed into the weekend in T7 four shots behind the halfway leader, Martin Kaymer.

Moving day would prove to be the 24-year-old’s lowest score of the week, firing seven birdies on his way to a six-under-par round. His consistent low-scoring meant that Jordan approached the final day’s play in T6 just three shots off the lead.

Hoping to put himself into contention through the early part of his final round, an eagle at the seventh meant that Jordan lay only one shot behind the overall lead at the turn. Unfortunately for Jordan, Thorbørn Olesen and Francesco Molinari were pushing each other on at the top of the leaderboard which eventually meant the leading pack managed to get away from Jordan.

Ultimately, Jordan ended the week in T6 which represented his highest Rolex Series finish since its introduction at the start of the 2017 season. The result marks Jordan’s second top-ten finish of the year and lifts him inside the top fifty of the Race To Dubai rankings.

Challenge Tour

Garrick Porteous, Nick Marsh and John Parry continued their Challenge Tour campaigns at the Swiss Challenge last week. Despite playing some strong golf, both John and Nick missed the cut by one and two shots respectively leaving Garrick as MB Partners’ sole representative through the weekend in Switzerland.

The Newcastle-based golfer headed into the weekend’s events at the tight end of the leaderboard on five-under-par in T15. Unfortunately for the Penny Petroleum-sponsored golfer, Marcel Schneider had set an incredible pace over the first two days lying ten shots ahead on fifteen-under!

Moving day proved to be Garrick’s most successful day as he gave his best to haul in the leading pack. A six-under-par round of 65 fired the 28-year-old up into T3 heading in the final day’s play, albeit still seven shots behind the impressive Schneider.

A level-par closing round followed on the final day as Garrick settled for a T11 finish as he continued his strong start to the Challenge Tour season. The result lifts the Englishman into 45th on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah.

PGA Europro Tour

Richard Mansell made his second appearance in his debut PGA EuroPro Tour season at The Matchroom Sport Championship where he enjoyed a really positive performance. A five-under-par opener got his week off to a flyer and was followed up by a one-under par score in an interrupted second round.

Heading into the final day’s play in T12, the third and final round was to prove to be a positive experience for the 23-year-old in his burgeoning professional career. Keeping in touch with the leading pack throughout, Richard closed his week with a two-under-par round of 70 to finish in T16 on eight-under par.

This Week

Aside from US Open Championship Qualifying, this week represents a free week for our European Tour golfing stable as they have chosen not to take part in the Shot Clock Masters in Austria. Elsewhere, on the Challenge Tour front, Garrick Porteous, Nick Marsh, John Parry are joined by the returning Seve Benson in Belgium for the KPMG Trophy. Finally, Richard Mansell continues his PGA Europro Tour campaign at Studley Wood Golf Club for The PDC Golf Championship.