Tough Cranleigh leaves its mark on the pros

Cranleigh Golf & Country Club proved it has got a few tricks up its sleeve to combat the power of modern golf professionals at the recent member’s pro-am.

Measuring in at 5,644 yards – relatively short by today’s standards – the par-68 course showed its teeth as it yielded a winning score of 70 with Burhill professional Morgan Kennedy taking the honours.

Although the course was in perfect condition and was played in glorious sunshine, the two-over-par round was the highest winning professional score of the season in the region, beating the previous mark of one under par at West Hill.

And it underlined exactly how testing the tree-lined Surrey course is with its narrow fairways and fast greens. Precision, accuracy and course management are all under intense scrutiny throughout the round.

Cranleigh head professional Karl Morgan said: “It just shows how tough our course is, even for these high-quality pros. Morgan Kennedy played a great round of golf and was still two over par.

“If you haven’t played the course before, it can really bite you and we were actually quite proud that nobody was able to break par. It’s good to see further evidence that golf is not all about how far you can hit the ball these days.”

The team honours went to Ryan Whiting, Rhys Kinsella, David Rudley and Stuart Holder, with a 13-under-par total of 123.

With putting competitions, regular refreshments available, raffles and auctions on offer for the 100 competitors, the event raised £4,500 for the club’s chosen charity REAdY – which raises funds for young people with disabilities to play sport.

Morgan said: “The day was a big success and we’ve had a few really nice comments from people telling us it was the best pro-am they have played in.

“Huge thanks to everyone who contributed with their time, effort and expertise and made it such a memorable day.”

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