A Warwickshire professional has beaten
off opposition from some of Europes top competitors to secure victory in one of the
golfing calendars most unusual events.
Welcombe Hotel and Golf Club professional Carl Mason consistently produced top
quality golf to lift the British Short Course Championship trophy at Nailcote Hall,
And although he was delighted to take the plaudits and the £5,000 prize money, Mason
admitted that it was delivered in a rather unusual way Nailcote owner Richard
Cressman gave him a wheelbarrow full of £1 coins!
"I have won events on the European Tour in my 25 years as a professional but I
have never had the prize money rolled up to me in a wheelbarrow before.
"Ive heard of being paid in cash but that is ridiculous," he joked.
"I much prefer the crispy stuff."
The tournament consisted of four rounds of Nailcotes testing par 3 course, and
Mason revealed it was far more difficult that it looked.
"The course was really tricky as most of the holes are very deceptive with danger
looming on every one.
"I just made sure that I concentrated on getting my shot the right length each
time because you can get into real trouble if you go over the back on the greens."
It seems however that Mason got his length exactly right as he finished the tournament
seven-under-par, including a course record shattering 21 on the final day.
Mason, who last year retired from the European Tour, was one of only five players to
finish under par for the competition and revealed his pride in victory.
"With Ryder Cup hopefuls like John Bickerton and Peter Mitchell in the field along
with many other well known current players it is a great feeling to win.
"It is the first time I have played the tournament and I was very surprised at how
well run it is I believe it has a very big future and I am hoping to defend my
title next year."
FINAL RESULTS (TOP 10):
1ST 101 (-7)
2nd 106 (-2)
3rd 108 (level)
4th 109 (+1)