GOLF: Gaunt grabs glory in St Ives Open

Club captain Stuart Grey (left) presents the St Ives Open trophy to winner Daniel Gaunt.

Club captain Stuart Grey (left) presents the St Ives Open trophy to winner Daniel Gaunt. - Credit: Archant

Australian golfer Daniel Gaunt swooped for success in the fourth staging of the St Ives Open last week.

Gaunt carded a six-under-par round of 66 to take victory and the £1,800 top prize in the TP Tour event at the Needingworth Road course.

Gaunt, twice a winner on the European Challenge Tour, finished two shots clear of runner-up Jamie Elson, a former Walker Cup player and another man to have enjoyed tournament success on that tour.

Andrew George and Richard Mansell shared third spot after rounds of 69, while local professional James Reeson, who won the event in 2016, was a further shot back in a tie for fifth place after shooting a two-under-par 70.

St Ives (Hunts) Golf Club resident pro, James Mynott, finished on level par.

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General manager Gordon MacLeod said: “It is the fourth year in a row that we’ve held a TP Tour event at St Ives – and that is testament to the quality of the course and our vision to be recognised as one of the finest golfing venues in the Eastern region.”

The TP Tour boasts more than 200 playing members and is specialises in laying on one-day events around the UK.

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It is open to professional players from around the world and high-level amateurs.

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