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Mumford in contention as Westwood Tour concludes
6:00am Saturday 24th August 2013 in Sport
SWINDON’S Matt Mumford is in with a chance of topping the standings on the inaugural Lee Westwood Golf Tour heading into the final event.
The 18-year-old is just 1.5 points adrift of Tour Area 4 Order of Merit leader Alex Higgs going into the showdown at Minchinhampton on Wednesday.
The tour is open to under 21s and is a nationwide circuit split into 13 areas with seven events played on each.
Mumford has already won three of the six events that have been played in Area 4, having shot gross scores of 73 at Chipping Sodbury, 72 at Knowle and 66 at Stinchcombe Hill.
The Wrag Barn golfer finished third at the Kendleshire in his most recent event on Monday, carding a gross 78.
“The Lee Westwood Golf Tour has had a big impact on my golf. It’s very competitive and we get to play some top courses in our area.” said Mumford.
“It has strengthened my game and helped me get the competitive edge that I needed to push myself so I could get to scratch. There’s no doubt that the tour is only going to get bigger and better.”
Matt’s father and number one supporter Mark Mumford agrees that the tour has played an important role in his son’s improving game.
“There is no doubt in my mind that playing on the tour has had a massive part to play in Matt’s recent achievement,” said Mark.
“The rivalry against the other golfers on the tour, especially Alex Higgs, has forced them both to play such good golf and it has raised Matt’s game to another level.
“Matt is the talk of the club at the moment and so is the tour, so I think we can expect more golfers from the Swindon area to join next year.”
Should Mumford achieve a positive result at Minchinhampton he will qualify for the national finals at Gainsborough.
The winner of that event will earn a week of golf at the Lee Westwood Golf School in Orlando.
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