Meltham’s Union player Graham McLean finished an excellent third in the Mid Amateur Strokeplay Championship at Hollinwell.
McLean had rounds of 75, 76 and 74 to finish a shot ahead of three players in joint fourth on a tough course at Notts Golf Club.
Winner was James Bishop of Little Aston on 218 after rounds of 71, 72 and 75, while Matt Wilcox of North Hants GC was second on 224, a shot ahead of McLean, after carding and 80 in the opening round and following it up with a pair of 72s.
McLean was joint seventh after the opening round and joint sixth after 36, but finished strongly for his 54-hole total.
Seventy five of Europe’s top Mid Amateur golfers took part.
It was open to all male golfers of any nationality aged over 35 years and with an official, active handicap of 9.4 or less.
Such was the interest that a handicap ballot had to be used to bring the entry down from over 120 to the final 75. The cut-off was handicap 3.5 and 40% of the field filed at scratch or better.
Jason Morris, Golf Director at The Mid Amateur Golf Tour, explained: “Since the R&A removed the British Mid-Amateur from the championship rota in 2007, there has been a gap left for a national title.
“The English Mid Amateur (The Logan) was the only national event, but now there is The Scottish, Welsh and new ‘British event’ as it is being called.”
Morris added: “We are hoping that over the next few years the four Mid Amateur Majors (The English, Welsh, Scottish and British) will act as a showcase for the considerable talent in the over 35 ranks.
“And it is hoped that they will be used as part of the selection process for the Concession Cup, held bi-annually in America.”
The Mid Amateur Golf Tour is now in its sixth year and has over 25 events throughout the year across the UK at courses such as Sunningdale, Hankley Common, Woodhall Spa, Hollinwell, Ganton, Sheringham, Ashridge, North Hants, Rye and Littlestone.
A lot of events run on a first come first served basis with no ballot.
There is also a year-long scratch and nett Order of Merit, with the top players proceeding to a finals day, this year at Aldeburgh Golf Club in Suffolk.