Bedfordshire’s Luke Thompson has added his name to the Hampshire Rose’s prestigious board of honor after winning an impressive two-stroke in the last three holes at Birdie North Hunts Golf Club.
Ella Bataris, 19, of Pavenham Park GC (Beaconsfield GC) and Daniel Hardwick (Peranport) joined an impressive cast of former champions, including Georgia Hall and Charlie Hall.
The tournament returned after a two-year absence due to the Covid epidemic, and after a short snowfall delay, Hampshire Rose began on a cold, but sunny day.
Thompson set the starting pace with the morning round of the three-under-par 70 and came down from the stretch and tied for the lead, taking a birdie again on the 16th to seal the victory with two great shots into the heart of the 18th green. To set up a closed birdie four.
“This is the first big event I’ve won and I feel amazing,” said Thompson, the daughter of PGA professional Jack Thompson. “The Greenkeepers have done a great job and this is a great course. I played here in the Rose Ladies series last year and I was happy with how I was able to put myself in the right place today and have a lot of good lag put which was the key to scoring. Great start to the season.”
Thompson will now target The Gold Rose Trophy, donated by Justin Rose, for the best combined 72-hole score with next week’s Rohampton Gold Cup.
The focus at North Hunts is now shifting to Hampshire Hogg’s 64th game, which seeks to add Rider Cup players, Major Champion and Justin Rose to its list of winners next Sunday as an elite field for male amateurs. Hampshire Hogg in 1995 as a 14-year-old.