September 24, 2018

All smiles for Broome Manor’s Law as he retains county title

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Broome Manor’s Tom Law retained his Wiltshire Men’s County Championship by two shots and revealed the secret to his success was playing with a smile on his face.

After last year’s success at Kingsdown, the pressure should have been on the reigning champion ahead of his defence at High Post but instead, Law revealed he enjoyed every minute of it.

An opening round 69 put Law firmly in contention at the half-way point, nestled in second place behind fellow Broome Manor star Michael Cox and tied with Wrag Barn’s Max Drayton, who also shot a superb 69.

Bizarrely a bogey at the 12th kick started Law’s charge to glory after he heard a whisper on course that he could be in the lead.

Two pars and a birdie on the next three holes set him up nicely before he was told that someone had shot a 65.

And knowing he possibly needed at least another birdie, Law delivered the goods on the very last hole after he sank a long putt for birdie and another round of 69.

It was Kingsdown’s Paul McMullen who had carded that second round 65 to add to his opening round o75 but it was not enough to catch Law, who came home two shots clear.

Coming home in third was Salisbury & South Wilts’ Tom Stagg while there was further joy for Law after it emerged he had also retained the Team Shield with his Broome Manor teammates Tom Ruddle and Michael Cox.

Reflecting on his success, Law said: “The first round was just a case of keeping it steady and keeping in contention for the afternoon because it is very easy to play yourself out of contention.

“I kept it steady and putted very well all day really.

“The second round kicked off on the 11th when I got told I could probably be leading. I then bogeyed 12 but it was probably the best thing that could have happened to me because I then came in for the back six holes in two under.

“I made birdie on 18 which was about 12-15 foot away and a putt I thought I might need to make because someone told me someone had hit a 65 in the afternoon, although I didn’t know who.

“As it happened I didn’t need it.

“I haven’t really played much to be honest. I think with me if I can just have week of practising well in the right way that’s enough for me at the level I play.

“To be honest I just go out, relax and enjoy it. I know a lot of these guys are striving to be professionals so it is nice to be able to compete with those guys.”

Law, who works for the National Trust, now goes on to represent Wiltshire in the Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa on September 15/16 – a title previously won by Marlborough’s Ben Amor before he turned professional.

The Broome Manor star though revealed he still has no aspirations to turn professional, instead concentrating on just enjoying the game.

“For me it’s just about enjoying my golf when I play,” said Law. “I don’t think I’d look at it (turning professional) unless something really dramatic happened to me.”

Looking ahead to the September’s Champion of Champions event, Law added: “Obviously it will be the same thing, just go out there and enjoy the experience.

“There will be some good guys playing there and it would be some feat to do it.”

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